North Tahoe basketball | Boys earn convincing league win over ROP |

North Tahoe basketball | Boys earn convincing league win over ROP

North Tahoe senior guard Alex Tyler drives in for a fast-break layup in a game earlier this season. Tyler scored a game-high 18 points in the Lakers' 68-38 win over ROP on Tuesday.
Sylas Wright / |

Northern Division III boys basketball standings

W. Wendover 5-0

Incline 3-1

White Pine 3-2

Battle Mountain 3-2

Pershing County 2-2

North Tahoe 2-2

Yerington 2-3

ROP 1-5

Silver Stage 0-4

The North Tahoe boys basketball team evened its league record at 2-2 with a 68-38 rout against visiting Rite of Passage on Tuesday.

The Lakers controlled the action from the start, building their lead to 15 points, at 34-19, by the half.

“We did a good job,” said North Tahoe coach Frank Wright. “Their guys were big and physical. They had some good individual talent. They just had a hard time playing together. And we played really well together. The kids are turning a corner.”

The Lakers’ dynamic senior guards, Alex Tyler and Alex Bourriague, once again caused havoc for the opposition as they combined for 28 points.

Tyler scored a game-high 18 points, going 6-for-6 from the three-throw line, and Bourriague added 10. Junior forward Mitchell Myers held his own in the post and finished with 13.

Senior Omar Vargas came off the bench and played tough defense on the Rams’ big man, Wright said. Vargas also chipped in four points, while freshman Trent Lingruen played a solid defensive game himself off the bench and contributed a 3-pointer.

Wright was particularly pleased with the Lakers’ overall free-throw shooting, as they finished 16-of-17 from the charity stripe.

Wade Henderson led ROP (1-5) with 15 points. Donovan Braswell had eight points.

North Tahoe will look to turn to improve its league record Friday, as Yerington (2-3) comes to town for a Northern Division III contest at 7:30 p.m. — girls at 6 p.m. The Lakers then hit the road for league games at Silver Stage (0-4) on Tuesday and at second-place Incline (3-1) on Friday, Jan. 17.

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