North Tahoe basketball: Boys feeling sense of urgency entering final stretch
Northern Division III standings
Pershing County 5-2
West Wendover 4-4
Battle Mountain 4-4
North Tahoe 2-6
Silver Stage 0-6
West Wendover 6-2
Battle Mountain 5-3
Pershing County 4-3
Silver Stage 1-5
North Tahoe 0-8
North Tahoe’s boys need to pick up some league wins if they intend to stay alive in the playoff race.
The Lakers fell to 2-6 in the Northern Division III after losing a pair of games on the road last week — 63-51 at Battle Mountain on Friday and 55-52 at West Wendover on Saturday.
North Tahoe, which has four DIII games remaining, has now lost four straight in league play to fall to sixth place. The top four teams advance to the regional championship tournament.
“My kids can play ball with anybody in this league, but if you don’t make your free throws, you’re not going to win games,” said North Tahoe coach Frank Wright, lamenting Saturday’s three-point loss at West Wendover.
Wright said victory was well within grasp against the Wolverines, but the Lakers gave up a late lead in part because of four missed free throws in the final 2 minutes. They were 8-of-17 from the charity stripe in the game.
“It was just a nightmare. We screwed up at the end,” he said.
Sophomore point guard Teddy Gibeaut led North Tahoe with 16 points, while Trent Lingruen and Andy Morgan each scored 13, and Nick Joslin had six. West Wendover junior Zade Elton poured in a game-high 24.
Against Battle Mountain, North Tahoe led 18-14 after one quarter but fell behind 33-29 by half. After an even third quarter, the hosts outscored the Lakers 16-8 in the final frame to pull away.
Gibeaut led all scorers with 17 points, Lingruen and Joslin added 12 points apiece, and Morgan had seven. Regan Knight scored 14 for the Longhorns.
Yerington leads the league standings at 6-0 and is followed by Pershing County (5-2), Incline (4-3), West Wendover (4-4) and Battle Mountain (4-4). North Tahoe’s remaining schedule includes Incline, Silver Stage (0-6), Pershing County and Yerington. Friday’s rival contest against Incline will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the North Tahoe gym.
North Tahoe’s girls lost 59-24 at Battle Mountain and 56-34 at West Wendover to fall to 0-8 in league.
West Wendover junior Sydney Reamer scored 23 points to lead the Wolverines on Saturday, while Battle Mountain freshman Sruti Bhakta scored 12 to lead the Longhorns. North Tahoe stats were not available.
The Lakers girls host Incline on Friday at 6 p.m.