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Lakers head to playoffs

Charles Levinson, Tahoe World Staff

The Lakers reversed their fortunes on the court this week holding onto victory, even when they couldn’t hold onto the ball.

The Show beat a young Truckee Wolverines team Saturday at home by a decisive margin; the final score was 61-44. The struggling Wolverines sent the Lakers into the playoffs on the positive note they were hoping for.

The Laker defense held the Wolverines to just four points in the first quarter, a season best for the Lakers. North Tahoe’s iron curtain was bulwarked by forward Matt Axton, who blocked three shots and pulled down three rebounds in the first quarter alone.

The Laker ailment continued to be poor second half play even against a much weaker Truckee team. Going into the half the Lakers were up 34-12, but Truckee came out of the locker room and played the Lakers even in quarter three, and out played them 17-12 in the fourth.

The Lakers were adequately insured against a Truckee comeback, but still turned the ball over eight times in the final quarter.

The subject of turnovers leads right into the Feb. 7 game against Right of Passage. The two teams coughed up the ball a combined 65 times in forty minutes of play.

“It was the Marx brothers out there,” North Tahoe coach Chris Park said. “Unbelievable. They did manage to hold on though.”

An ironic sentiment, but true nonetheless as the Lakers squeaked past the third seated Rams by a score of 57-54.

The Lakers showed what they were capable of in quarter three, scoring 25 points and a season high for scoring in a quarter.

After a strong third quarter the Lakers lead the Rams by 10 points, but once again almost let it slip away in the final quarter. With the Laker’s lead down to two with a minute left, Adam Dittli from downtown sunk the three and locked in the Laker victory.

The Lakers headed to Winnemucca Tuesday night to tackle the Lowry Buckaroos, a team which has humbled the Lakers in two previous meetings with point differentials of 30 and 40 points.

Results of Tuesday’s games will be posted on http://www.tahoe.com.


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