North Tahoe basketball: Boys split vs. Silver Stage, Pershing County
Northern Division III standings
Pershing County 3-1
Battle Mountain 2-2
North Tahoe 2-3
West Wendover 1-3
Silver Stage 0-4
West Wendover 3-1
Pershing County 2-2
Battle Mountain 1-3
Silver Stage 1-3
North Tahoe 0-5
After a nonleague game at Portola on Tuesday, the Lakers are scheduled to hit the road again for three consecutive league games — at Yerington on Saturday, Battle Mountain on Jan. 22 and West Wendover on Jan. 23. North Tahoe returns home Jan. 29 against Incline.
Coming off a big win at Incline, North Tahoe’s boys basketball team split its next two league games, defeating Silver Stage 45-31 on the road Friday and losing 50-33 to visiting Pershing County on Saturday.
The Lakers are now in fifth place at 2-3 in the competitive Northern Division III with one game remaining in the first half. They’ll be tested this Saturday with a road game at first-place Yerington, which is defeating league opponents by an average of 18 points en route to a 4-0 start.
Pershing County is second in the league standings at 3-1, followed by Incline at 3-2 and Battle Mountain at 2-2. West Wendover (1-3) and Silver Stage (0-4) trail the Lakers. The top four teams advance to the Northern DIII regional tournament Feb. 18-20.
Despite a strong effort Friday from the Nighthawks, who made several runs after the Lakers took a big lead, North Tahoe held on down the stretch to earn the 14-point win.
Senior guard Andy Morgan led the Lakers with 12 points, while senior center Nick Joslin added 11 points, Max Burkhart, Trent Lingruen and Teddy Gibeaut each scored six, and Colton Nordby had four.
Against the Mustangs — who were coming off a 62-55 win over visiting Incline the previous night — the Lakers trailed by three at the end of one quarter but slipped behind by 13 points by the half, 25-12. The hosts cut the deficit to six points late in the third quarter and into the fourth, but Pershing County took advantage of several turnovers down the stretch to hold on.
“We played well against Pershing County, but we turned it over and blew it the last four minutes,” said North Tahoe coach Frank Wright. “Pershing County is a very good team, but we have to play better. You can’t make mistakes against the teams in our league. You have to play perfect basketball. You can’t be error-proned, or you’re going to be in trouble.”
Joslin was the only Laker in double figures, with 10 points. Burkhart contributed nine points, Gibeaut had six, Lingruen five and Morgan four. Pershing County junior guard William Gattrell led all scorers with 14 points, while Marcus Nester finished with 12 and Chance Plummer with nine. Wright said that Morgan held Gattrell — the Mustangs’ leading scorer — to just two points through three quarters, but he went off for 12 in the fourth.
Girls fall to Nighthawks, Mustangs
The North Tahoe girls dropped both of the league games, 37-27 at Silver Stage and 59-22 at home against Pershing County.
The Lakers made a late run at Silver Stage to cut the final score to 10, but it was not enough to overcome the Nighthawks’ 33-16 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Near the midpoint of the Northern Division III schedule, Incline leads the standings with a 5-0 record and is followed by West Wendover and Yerington, each at 3-1. Pershing County is fourth at 2-2, followed by Battle Mountain (1-3), Silver Stage (1-3) and North Tahoe (0-5), which is still looking for its first league win.