North Tahoe basketball | Boys go 5-0, win Arizona tournament
The Lakers are scheduled to host Loyalton on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and will open league play at Battle Mountain on Friday and West Wendover on Saturday.
The North Tahoe boys basketball team improved to 6-4 on the year after going 5-0 and winning the Snake Pit Classic in Littlefield, Ariz., this past weekend.
The Lakers opened the tournament with a 58-24 win over Fredonia (Ariz.) on Friday. They followed with a 61-34 win over Beatty (Nev.), a 63-59 win over the JV team from Virgin Valley (Nev.) and a 52-31 win over Lund (Nev.), all on Friday.
North Tahoe defeated tournament host Beaver Dam (Ariz.), 47-44, on Saturday for the championship.
“The reason I wanted to play in this tournament was to clean up some things from the Truckee tournament — and we did,” said North Tahoe coach Frank Wright, whose Lakers went 1-2 in the Truckee Basketball Classic from Dec. 4-6. “We’re a totally different team already. The kids have figured it out.”
Multiple Lakers contributed to the team’s success. In a back-and-forth championship game, sophomore guard Juan Estrada scored 10 points to lead the Lakers, while fellow sophomore guard Trent Lingruen made two critical 3-pointers that helped lift the Lakers to victory.
Lingruen also came up big in North Tahoe’s double-overtime win over Virgin Valley’s JV team, which Wright said was among the most talented squads in the tournament.
Lingruen hit a tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation to force the first overtime period. He then drained another 3 at the end of the first overtime to force the second OT. He finished with 19 points. Senior Mitchell Myers scored 16 points, and junior Nick Joslin had six.
Estrada scored 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting against Beatty, Lingruen scored 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting, Joslin scored 10 points and Myers had eight.
Wright played his second string against Lund. Senior Miles Johansen, junior Andy Morgan and freshman Teddy Gibeaut each scored 10 points, Alex Przybyslawski had seven, and Lupe Leon had six.