North Tahoe basketball: Boys fall to Lions to end season
In a league as competitive as the Northern Division III, quality basketball teams are destined to finish outside of the playoff race.
Chalk up the North Tahoe boys as one of them.
The Lakers ended their season with a 67-46 home loss to first-place Yerington on Saturday, which adjusted their final record to 2-10 in league play.
“It was a hell of a game all the way through, but at about the 4-minute mark it got away from us,” said North Tahoe coach Frank Wright. “We can play with any of these teams. We competed in every game. It’s just a tough league. But we played well and had our chances.”
Yerington, at 12-0, leads four teams into the Northern Division III regional championships this Thursday through Saturday in Reno. Pershing County earned the No. 2 seed with a 9-3 league mark, while Battle Mountain is the third seed at 7-5 and Incline the fourth seed at 6-6.
West Wendover (5-7), North Tahoe and Silver Stage (1-11) are the odd teams out.
“It was an emotional game for our seniors,” Wright said of Saturday’s contest. “It really hit them after the game that this is it. They’re great kids and they had a great year. I’m going to miss them.”
The Lakers’ regular-season finale was close early, with the Lions leading 14-11 after one quarter. The visitors won the next three quarters 15-10, 19-10 and 19-15 to pull away.
Wright said senior forward Max Burkhart played perhaps his best game of the season in a 16-point effort. Senior center Nick Joslin scored 12 points and senior guard Andy Morgan played a solid overall game, Wright said, adding that his team hurt its cause by missing some open layups and free throws.
Senior point guard Dakota Aiazzi led Yerington with nine points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals. Yerington junior Koby Foster scored 15 points and Sam Hammond added 13 as 11 different players scored for the Lions.