Special to The Ely Times

League play opened for the White Pine High boys basketball team in their new affiliation with the 2A Northern League last weekend. The Cats split their western road trip with a win at Silver Stage, but a loss to perennial power Yerington.

The Bobcats went into the Friday game 3-5, but outlasted the Nighthawks 50-39, although individual player stats were not available. Looking back at the game history with Silver Stage, White Pine is 5-0 against the Nighthawks since 2011.

On Saturday, they played at Yerington. The Lions were hungry again, having downed West Wendover 56-45 on Friday night. Three boys for Yerington (6-1, 2-0) scored in double figures led by David McFalls with 15 points, Christian Brown with 12 and Jake Mattice with 10.  No stats were available for Bobcats players.

Yerington, last year’s 2A state runner-up, handled the Cats from the outset, building a 21-11 first quarter lead and extending it to 39-22 at halftime and a final score of 70-47. The Lions lead the overall series of play with White Pine 12-3 dating back to 2005. The Cats had lost nine straight before breaking through with a  66-41 win over the Lions in 2013. Beginning the Christmas break this week, White Pine is now 4-6, 1-1.

After the New Year, they begin a six-game home stand with the first games Jan. 7 against Battle Mountain and Jan. 10 with West Wendover.

All the remaining games for the boys are league games until the end of the season when they play at Pahranagat Valley on Feb. 7 and host Tonopah on Feb.11.A new rule by the NIAA you may have already notice regarding a point differential in any given game, states:

1. When one team leads by 35 or more points at any time during the game, the officials shall use a running clock to time the game.

2. If the score differential becomes less than 35 points at any time during the game, the officials shall NOT revert to regular timing.

3. By mutual agreement of the opposing coaches and the referee, a running clock may be used at any time during the game.