North Tahoe basketball | Boys upset Mustangs on senior night
Northern DIII standings
Yerington 12-1 21-4
Incline 10-3 18-4
Battle Mountain 8-5 17-5
Pershing County 6-7 16-9
Silver Stage 6-7 9-10
West Wendover 5-8 8-16
North Tahoe 3-10 11-14
Rite of Passage 2-11 3-16
Incline 11-0 18-3
Pershing County 9-2 17-8
Yerington 8-4 12-12
West Wendover 4-7 8-15
Silver Stage 4-6 7-9
Battle Mountain 1-9 3-18
North Tahoe 1-10 2-18
The North Tahoe boys might be eliminated from postseason contention, but that doesn’t mean they can’t spoil someone else’s chances.
The Lakers upset visiting Pershing County, 50-47, on Saturday, which placed the Mustangs in a tie with Silver Stage for the fourth and final playoff seed.
Pershing County and Silver Stage, both with 6-7 records in Northern Division III play, meet Friday to end the regular season. The winner advances to the regional postseason tournament.
The Lakers (3-10 league) were on their game Saturday while avenging a previous loss, 48-34, at Pershing County — which was fresh off a 58-48 win over second-place Incline (10-3 league) Friday night.
North Tahoe trailed 24-22 at the half but took over the lead with a 15-10 third quarter. The Mustangs pushed them to the final buzzer, however, and might have escaped with the win had it not been for a couple of clutch buckets late in the contest by Max Burkhardt and Trent Lingruen, who converted a slashing layup and a corner 3-pointer, respectively, to light up the home crowd on senior night.
“We cut our turnovers in half from previous games, and we really shut them down defensively,” said North Tahoe coach Frank Wright. “We made it tough for them to get a shot. It was a great game for everyone.”
North Tahoe senior forward Mitchell Myers scored 12 points in his final home game, while senior Miles Johansen scored seven points, Nick Joslin had six points and eight rebounds, and Miles Brandt had six points.
Sophomore guard William Gattrell led Pershing County with a 23-point effort — a day after scoring 24 against Incline — and Marquise Green added 11 points for the Mustangs.
On Friday night, North Tahoe traveled to Silver Stage and fell 65-51.
Myers had a monster game with a season-high 28 points, Lingruen added nine points and Burkhardt had eight.
The North Tahoe girls dropped both league contests over the weekend, as they lost at Silver Stage on Friday (score unknown) and at home against Pershing County, 36-22, on Saturday.
The Lakers will end the regular season with rival games at Incline on Friday. Girls tip off at 6 p.m. and boys at 7:30.
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