Senior Nate Lee goes up for a layup at a basketball practice. Garrett Estrada photo

Senior Nate Lee goes up for a layup at a basketball practice. Garrett Estrada photo

Fundamentals. It is a word that coaches like to use a lot, especially basketball coaches. It’s a word that Charlie Hall’s players will have heard a lot in practice in the week before the White Pine High School Bobcat basketball team will make their home debut against The Meadows on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Hall said that he and his coaching staff would work on fundamentals all week after being disappointed by the number of turnovers that plagued the team in their season opening road games.

The Bobcats opened their conference season on the road against Mountain View Christian High School in Las Vegas on Friday, falling 60-37. The Bobcats played a closer game on Saturday but ultimately lost 52-39 to Lake Mead Academy.

The Bobcats averaged over 30 turnovers per game in the two road losses. According to Hall, the Bobcats have to get better at keeping possession if they are going to start winning games.

“You know, I saw a lot of positive things out on the court. Our defense played well and we had some good rebounding. But none of that matters if we keep turning over the ball the way we did in those games,” Hall said.

The solution? Fundamentals.

“Everything comes back to fundamentals. As coaches, we need to get the players starting from a solid base and work their way from there,” the coach continued.

The two road games brought more than just a couple of hard lessons for the team however. Hall said in a team practice that four of the Bobcat’s five varsity starters suffered some sort of injury