North Tahoe basketball | Boys edged at home by Battle Mountain |

North Tahoe basketball | Boys edged at home by Battle Mountain

Staff report
North Tahoe junior Max Burkhardt goes up for a contested shot during the Lakers' 45-43 loss to Battle Mountain on Friday.
Courtesy Greg Briggs |

The Lakers have proven they can play with any team in their competitive Northern Division III — yet wins continue to elude them.

The North Tahoe boys opened the second half of league play with a pair of home games. They lost both, falling 45-43 to Battle Mountain on homecoming Friday and 45-34 to West Wendover the next day.

“We’re always ending up on the short end,” said North Tahoe coach Frank Wright, whose Lakers dropped to 1-8 in league play and 9-12 overall. “We’re a lot better than our record indicates. From the top to the bottom, we have very competitive teams in our league. They’re all tough. You can’t take anyone for granted.”

North Tahoe played Battle Mountain (7-2 league, 16-2 overall) tightly throughout the contest. The Longhorns led 9-7 after one quarter, the score was tied at 23 at the half and the Lakers led 35-32 after the third quarter. Battle Mountain then outscored the hosts 13-8 in the fourth to pull out the two-point win.

Senior forward Mitchell Myers led the Lakers with 14 points, while Trent Lingruen scored 13 points and Nick Joslin had 10.

Senior Dominic Valles scored a game-high 17 points for the Longhorns, and Blake Dorian had eight points.

Despite the loss, Wright said he was pleased with his team’s effort.

“Defensively, it was one hell of a game,” he said. “The kids came to play and did a great job.”

North Tahoe played well in the first quarter against West Wendover (4-5 league, 7-13 overall), a team the Lakers defeated 63-53 on the road last month. The Lakers led 11-10 at the end of the first period but fell behind after getting outscored 6-2 in the second quarter and 19-10 in the third.

Joslin scored 12 points to lead his team, Lingruen added nine points and Myers had four.

Sophomore Zade Elton scored a game-high 18 points for the Wolverines, and Daniel Escareno had nine.

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