North Tahoe basketball | Mixed results for Lakers on road
North Tahoe is scheduled to host ROP (boys only) on Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. and Yerington on Jan. 3 at 2 p.m. (girls) and 3:30 (boys).
The North Tahoe boys basketball team split its first two league games on the road this past weekend. After losing 68-38 at Battle Mountain on Friday, the Lakers bounced back to defeat West Wendover 63-53 on Saturday.
North Tahoe played Battle Mountain evenly through the first two quarters and trailed only 26-24 at the half. But the Longhorns (9-1 overall, 1-1 league) outscored the Lakers 16-9 in the third quarter and 26-5 in the fourth to run away with the victory.
Three Battle Mountain players scored in double figures, with Blake Dorian leading the way with 14 points, Sadonte Johnson scoring 13 points and Worth Nelson 11.
Junior Nick Joslin led the Lakers with 10 points, while Juan Estrada scored nine points and Mitchell Myers had six.
“We played with them for three quarters, but then strange things started to happen in the fourth,” North Tahoe coach Frank Wright said. “We should have won. We did not play to our ability in the fourth quarter.”
Battle Mountain lost to Incline the following day, 83-75.
Wright said that Saturday’s win at West Wendover (2-8 overall, 0-2 league) was the Lakers’ best performance of the season from start to finish.
Estrada scored a team-high 19 points, Trent Lingruen had 13, Myers 10 and Max Burkhardt six.
The Lakers are now 8-5 overall and 3-1 in Northern Division III play.
North Tahoe’s girls, meanwhile, lost 41-38 at West Wendover. Results from the Lakers’ game at Battle Mountain were not available.