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Truckee, North Tahoe basketball | Wolverine boys keep playoff hopes alive

Sun Staff and News Service report

The Truckee girlsand#8217; and boysand#8217; basketball teams both defeated visiting Whittell on Tuesday, as the girls cruised to a 60-23 win and the boys 51-46.

With the wins the girls remain undefeated in Mount Rose League play, at 9-0, while the boys improved to 5-4 in the MRL to stay in playoff contention.

Incline defeated the South Tahoe boys, 56-43, on Tuesday to give the Wolverines a narrow lead over the Vikings, who are 4-5, in the battle for the final Northern 3A postseason berth. The Vikings play host to North Tahoe on Friday while Truckee hosts Incline, and the Vikings hold the tiebreaker edge should the teams finish tied at 5-5.

In the boysand#8217; game on Tuesday, the Wolverines fell behind 40-37 late in the third period as Alex Potnick made a pair of three-points shots. But Truckee came back to take a 41-40 lead after three periods and held on as Whittell missed some layups, short jumpers and was 1 of 11 at the foul line.

The Truckee girls, who have yet to be challenged in the MRL, need just one more win against Incline on Friday to wrap up a perfect 10-0 campaign in the new league.

UP NEXT: Truckee hosts Incline for senior farewell on Friday, girls at 6 p.m. and boys at 7:30.

The visiting Railroaders spoiled the Laker girlsand#8217; chances of qualifying for the postseason by dealing the hosts a 40-29 defeat on Tuesday night.

North Tahoe, which needed to win its final three games of the regular season for a shot at a playoff berth, fell to 1-7 in the Mount Rose League and 4-11 overall. Sparks is 3-6 in the MRL.

In the boysand#8217; game following, league-leading Sparks got off a strong start en route to a 74-60 win.

The Railroaders jumped out to a 20-9 lead after one quarter and led 36-19 at the half. North Tahoe outscored Sparks 23-17 in the fourth quarter after the game was out of reach.

Senior forward Matt Walther led the Lakers with 16 points, while Brett Roberts finished with 14 points and Trevor Trimm 13. The Railroadersand#8217; Xavier Rodriguez led all scorers with 24 points.

North Tahoe is now 1-7 in league and 4-16 overall. Sparks leads the league standings at 7-2.

UP NEXT: North Tahoe ends the regular season with road games at South Tahoe on Friday and at Incline on Saturday.

and#8212; Information for this article was used from the Daily Sparks Tribune.