Ross Johnson photo Sam Stewart drives the ball against Lake Mead Academy Saturday, Dec. 12.

Ross Johnson photo
Sam Stewart drives the ball against Lake Mead Academy Saturday, Dec. 12.

The White Pine High boys basketball team lost its home opener Friday, Dec. 11, to Mountain View Christian 69-42.

“We’re going to be looking for penetration all night,” Coach Charlie Hall said before the game. “We’ve got to be fast and ready to go. We’ve got to keep our anxiety down.”

But the boys struggled to score, even after multiple second- and third-chance opportunities. They also had trouble corralling their opponent’s offensive efforts, repeatedly allowing the Saints to penetrate and score inside, including turning the ball over immediately after allowing a score, leading to four points in a span of seconds.

The next day, though, the Bobcats changed the usual narrative, beating Lake Mead Academy at home, 49-46.

Senior Jonathan Gust and junior Sam Stewart led the way, scoring 10 points each. Senior Cody Bennett added nine points and dominated inside, grabbing 10 of the Bobcat’s 25 rebounds. Bennett also had three blocks.

The Bobcats are now 2-5, already an improvement from this point last season.  They host The Meadows Friday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m. followed by another home game Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. against Calvary Chapel Christian.