North Tahoe basketball: Lakers drop league games at Yerington |

North Tahoe basketball: Lakers drop league games at Yerington

Staff report
Saturday was a tough day for the Lakers at Yerington. This play was called a jump ball.
Courtesy Greg Briggs |

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The Lakers are scheduled to play league games at Battle Mountain on Friday and at West Wendover on Saturday.

Both North Tahoe basketball teams dropped league contests at Yerington on Saturday — the boys by a score of 69-51 and the girls 48-14.

North Tahoe’s girls picked up their first win in the Northern Division III on Friday night, however, as they routed visiting Rite of Passage by an unknown score. Girls stats were not available from either game.

The Laker boys played the first-place Lions well in spurts but ultimately could not keep pace. The league-leading Lions remain undefeated in league play, at 5-0, while the Lakers fell to 2-4.

North Tahoe got into foul trouble early, with senior big men Nick Joslin and Max Burkhart reaching their limit before halftime. North Tahoe coach Frank Wright also was hit with a technical foul in the game.

Sophomore point guard Teddy Gibeaut scored a team-high 12 points for the Lakers, while junior Colton Nordby scored 11 points and Andy Morgan had nine.

Mercogliano plays in All-American game

While attending an offense-defense football prospect camp and All-American combine this past summer, North Tahoe freshman Thomas Mercogliano was named an All-American quarterback and invited to participate in the 10th annual Offense-Defense Bowl Week in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Mercogliano earned the starting quarterback role and played well in the game, which was held in December and aired on ESPN3.