Lakers defeat Coral Academy, showdown with league leaders set for Friday |

Lakers defeat Coral Academy, showdown with league leaders set for Friday

After not playing for a week due to weather, the North Tahoe boys’ basketball team returned to the hardwood last Saturday, traveling to face Coral Academy of Science — Reno.

The Lakers would race past the Falcons, 67-45, for the team’s third win in the last four games.

“I was proud of our aggressive approach to this game,” said Head Coach Devin Ginty in an email to the Sun. “Our starters came out and set the tone with our defensive pressure and attacked the rim strongly on offense, which was an emphasis for us. This was a good team win and the guys were itching to get back on the court after a hectic week of weather, with game cancellations and snow days.”

Junior Lucas Valois led the Lakers with 16 points and three steals. Junior Cameron McAndrews added 14 points. Senior Liam Bickett-Walsh scored 11 points and dished out three assists. Sophomore Ben Trujillo finished in double digits as well with 10 points. North Tahoe finished the game with 11 different scorers.

The Lakers (11-6, 5-4 Northern League) will next host league leaders West Wendover (16-3, 10-0 Northern League) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

“I hope we can take this confidence into the remaining (seven) games of league play, which are all at home,” said Ginty. “We are in a good spot as long as we take care of business at home and get some momentum heading towards playoffs.”

The Lakers are currently in fifth place in the Class 2A Northern League standings. The top six teams get into the playoffs, which begin Feb. 21.

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