The White Pine boys’ basketball team won a thriller at home against Laughlin Friday, Feb. 5.

Before the game, Coach Charlie Hall described his strategy.

“It’s all going to start and end with defense,” Hall said. “We need to attack and attack early. It comes down to putting them in pressure situations in practice.”

The Bobcats trailed by seven throughout the first three quarters, but tied the game at 72 with 12.7 seconds left and forced overtime. After four minutes of overtime play, the score stood at 80-80. The Bobcats then exploded offensively, scoring 20 in double overtime to win 100-84.

Junior Sam Stewart led the effort with 20 points. Senior Jonathan Gust scored 18 and junior Colton Rowley added 16.

“We showed some ability to get to the hole and get some buckets,” Hall said. “We want to acknowledge our fans. The girls’ team is really supportive of us on the road and we’re really appreciative of what they do.”

The next day, Saturday, Feb. 6, the Bobcats hosted Needles, Calif.

“We’re carrying some momentum from yesterday,” Hall said. “We’ll win with good defense. When we play good defense, everything else works out for us.”

They lost 66-42. Gust and junior Dekoda Barela each scored 11.

On Tuesday, Feb. 9 the Bobcats hosted rival Lincoln County.

“We need a lockdown defense and rebounds,” Hall said. “We’ll win big if we get those down.”

“We need to beat these guys,” assistant coach Dean Hall added.

Though down 36-32 at the half, the team rallied and won 67-58. Gust scored 26 points and junior Kellen Wilkin added 12.

The Bobcats are 4-11 in the Division III Southern league, and 5-16 overall. They host Pahranagat Valley on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. for the last home game of the year. They travel to Las Vegas to play Agassi Prep on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 4:30 p.m. to close the season.