North Tahoe basketball: Whittell uses big second half to beat Laker boys
DOLLAR HILL and#8212; What a difference a half can make.
The first half of Wednesday’s Whittell at North Tahoe boys basketball game was an evenly played, physical struggle that ended in a 27-25 Laker lead.
The second half, the Warriors didn’t struggle so much. The Lakers did. And as a result, Wittell exploded for 39 points en route to a 66-51 Northern 2A league win.
and#8220;We didn’t handle their press well and we couldn’t get any defensive stops in the second half,and#8221; said North Tahoe head coach Mike Williams, explaining the difference between the first two quarters and the second two. and#8220;We got them in foul trouble in the first half, and that gave us the upper hand, but we couldn’t take advantage of it in the second half.and#8221;
North Tahoe fell to 0-11 in league play with one game remaining and#8212; at the Warriors on Friday and#8212; while Whittell improved to 2-9 and earned the Northern 2A’s final regional playoff seed. The game marked the Lakers’ senior farewell.
The Warriors got into foul trouble early, with three players picking up three personals to put the Lakers into the double bonus midway through the second quarter. But the Lakers could not capitalize, as they finished just 10 of 26 from the free-throw line in the game, with most attempts coming before the half.
and#8220;We stopped fouling (after the half),and#8221; Whittell head coach Tyler Rose said. and#8220;It’s unbelievable the amount of frustration our team builds up after getting in foul trouble. But we actually stayed calm and played in control the second half, and let them make mistakes.and#8221;
The Warriors also caused havoc with a full-court press that led to a number of Laker turnovers. And in the half-court, they switched from a man defense to a zone after the break, which effectively limited North Tahoe’s slashing drives to the hoop.
and#8220;They went to a zone in the second half, and we didn’t do a good job penetrating against it,and#8221; Williams said.
Despite his struggles converting from the free-throw line, North Tahoe senior post player Mitchell Conn scored 20 points to lead all scorers. Junior point guard Trevor Trimm, who was particularly effective in the first half with his quick drives into the paint, scored seven for the Lakers, as did Matt Walther.
Cody Nelson scored 17 points to lead Whittell, and Alex Potnick added 13 points. John Robinson had 11 rebounds for the Warriors, who subbed in fresh legs throughout the second half as the Lakers noticeably wore down.
and#8220;The depth on our bench was big,and#8221; Rose said. and#8220;We able to rotate guys in.and#8221;
Williams complimented the play of Conn and Trimm, as well as senior Andrew Auerbach for the job he did on the boards, and Conner Whaley for an overall solid game.