North Tahoe at Incline basketball: Laker boys edge rival Highlanders
Incline is scheduled to play at Pershing County on Friday and host Silver Stage on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. North Tahoe is scheduled to play at Silver Stage on Friday and host Pershing County on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
As they often do when they meet, the Incline and North Tahoe boys basketball teams entertained fans with a back-and-forth barnburner in their first league matchup Tuesday night.
The visiting Lakers came out on top, 62-58, thanks in part to some big performances by their standouts and some costly turnovers by the Highlanders down the stretch.
North Tahoe junior guard Trent Lingruen led all scorers with 23 points, while senior center Nick Joslin posted a quadruple-double with 20 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 blocked shots, according to North Tahoe coach Frank Wright. Joslin, who’s 6-foot-4, hit four three-pointers in the contest.
“Trent probably had the game of his life, and Nick had probably his best game as a high school player. He was just unstoppable inside,” Wright said.
Incline coach Tim Kelly agreed.
“Nick Joslin was amazing. He was on fire,” Kelly said. “Trent also played the best game I’ve ever seen him play. Hats off to them. In the end, they made big plays and we didn’t take care of the ball.”
The Lakers — who edged the Highlanders by one point, 50-49, in a nonleague meeting on Dec. 12 — improved to 1-2 with their first win in Northern Division III play. Incline is now 2-1 after suffering its first league loss.
North Tahoe jumped out to a 20-9 lead by the end of the first quarter, but Incline outscored the visitors 14-5 in the second quarter to cut the lead to 25-23 by the half. The Lakers stretched their lead back to seven points in the third quarter before the Highlanders turned the tide to go up by six.
“It was a game of runs,” Kelly said.
The fourth quarter went back and forth. North Tahoe regained the lead with about a minute and a half remaining and never relinquished it, despite several opportunities for Incline to pull even or ahead.
The Highlanders coughed up the ball twice in the final minute, including a turnover that led to a contested three-pointer by Lingruen that put the Lakers up by four with 45 seconds left. After Incline again shaved the lead to two, North Tahoe came up with another steal and converted a layup as time expired.
“I thought it was going to go into overtime,” Kelly said. “We had some really good looks. We just couldn’t make a shot and we had some big turnovers. We were out of rhythm offensively.”
Only two Incline players finished in double figures — Joey Stranzl with a team-high 11 points and Will Stranzl with 10. Freshman point guard Jackson Littleton added nine points on three three-pointers. Sophomore guard Teddy Gibeaut contributed 13 points for the Lakers.