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North Tahoe boys hoops routs Whittell

Alex Close
Sierra Sun

North Tahoe’s boys basketball team is off to the right start, taking down host Whittell 60-38 on Monday night.

Head Laker coach Dave Hansen said that the Whittell side looked much stronger than last year, and gave credit to the Warriors’ effort.

“They battled hard,” Hansen said of the Whittell side.

It wasn’t enough for a speedy Laker side, a side that performed above expectations.

“It’s the least prepared I’ve ever felt before a game and the most pleased I’ve ever been after,” Hansen said.

Hansen was also happy with the well-rounded scoring on his team. All eight Lakers who made the trip to Whittell put points on the board.

It was senior Michael Forte leading the way with 22 points.

Junior Brent Marple also contributed heavily with 13 points.

“I was pleased with the effort,” Hansen said.

Hansen said that one of the team’s goals for the game was to keep its fouls down, and North Tahoe only posted 11 fouls on the night.

While Hansen knew he had a fast team, he was still happy with the speed shown by his Lakers on Monday night.

“I was impressed with our team speed,” Hansen said. “We got a lot of points off of turnovers.”

North Tahoe’s next match-up is on Thursday against rival Truckee in the Dayton Tournament.

Hansen said the game will be a challenge. With some players academically ineligible and some taking the SAT this week, numbers will be an issue.

Hansen said he is still preparing for league play and sizing up his team.

“I’m learning what my players are about and catering to the talent I have,” Hansen said.

Despite the victory and the speed and all the positives, early in the season Hansen said that there are still plenty of areas to perfect.

“Every element needs work,” Hansen said.