They knew it was coming. The White Pine High School boys basketball team had put in the work in practice. Their first year coach Charlie Hall knew they had it in them. And then it finally happened.
The Bobcats erased the goose egg in their win column on Jan. 9 with an impressive 93-52 rout of the Laughlin Cougars, bolstered by a career-high 41 points by senior Chris Young.
When the final buzzer rang and the teams started heading into the locker room, Assistant Coach Dean Hall threw his arm over the shoulder of his son, head coach Charlie Hall.
“We did the little things extraordinarily well tonight. We got effort from everybody out there. It was fun,” Charlie Hall said.
The Bobcats played with an intensity on offense that had been lacking in many of their previous efforts, led by Young’s dominance under the basket. At times it looked like the senior and team captain couldn’t miss from anywhere on the floor. After the game, Young said that he focused on just playing as hard as he could.
“I stayed aggressive the whole game,” Young said.
Young’s 41 points set a new record for scoring inside the White Pine High School gymnasium for a varsity Bobcat.
“It felt really good. Finally all those practices paid off. We just have to keep this up and go out and try to get another win,” he said.
The win puts the Bobcats (1-11, 1-6) one game ahead of the last place Cougars (3-9, 0-6) in conference play.
The Bobcats failed to capture the same kind of offensive dominance in their following home game against Needles on Jan. 10, falling 67-38 and again on Tuesday evening on the road against Lincoln County 54-40.
The Bobcats will next face Agassi Prep in Las Vegas on Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m.