Courtesy photo/Dave Maxwell
Phoenix Ball in a recent game for the Bobcats. White Pine starts league play this weekend hosting Pershing County and Battle Mountain.

The White Pine High boys basketball team played four games between Christmas and New Year’s, at the Rail City Classic in Sparks, winning two and losing two.

The first game was against McDermitt. It was a close game which White Pine pulled out by a 56-52 score.

Bobcat coach Terrill Trask said, “It should not have been a tight game, we let them back into it. We had a 13-point lead at halftime. Our third quarter was not so good and they came back on us.

McDemitt’s senior guard Cauy Crutcher is quite a scorer. They were doing some high screen and rolls for him. He handles the ball well and can shoot really well. He started heating up in the third quarter with 21 points and finished with a game high 28 points.”Saxtyn Brewster led the Bobcats with 18 points. Collin Young scored 10 points and Caleb Britton had 11.

On Thursday, the boys played Lassen, California, the first ever meeting between the teams, and lost 52-33.

The Grizzlies took a 20-10 first quarter lead, then both teams didn’t do well in the second quarter, but Lassen came out roaring like a Grizzly on the strength of a 20-6 third quarter for a hefty 46-25 lead. “We just couldn’t get the ball in the hoop,” Trask said.

Brand Satica and Will Ashmore both scored 11 points for the Grizzlies. Phoenix Ball had 10 points for the Bobcats.

Lassen went on the win the Rail City Classic with wins over McDermitt and a one-point win over Yerington.

The Friday game was against Coral Academy of Science from Reno. “We went into overtime with them,” Trask said, “and lost 66-64 on a last second shot.” The Falcons were led by the 27 points from Bernard Rongcal and 23 points from Andrew Yurcisin. “That’s really their whole offense,” he said, “those two guys. They just ate us up. It was Rongcal who got the winning basket in overtime on a turnaround fadeaway jumper in the final second.” Brewster scored 24 points for the Cats and Young had 16.

The final game for the Bobcats was Saturday, Dec. 30, against Quincy, California. White Pine came away with a close 55-53 win over the Trojans. It was the first time in four years Quincy and White Pine had played. The Bobcats won that first one, too, by four points.

Trask said this game was “competitive the whole way. Nobody ever led by more than six points. At the very end, we had some things go our way on turnovers and traps. I was proud of the team, the way they played strong down the end. Sophomore guard Devon Starkey scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to help us maintain our lead. Young had 19 points. Pretty impressive to watch.”

The league season begins for White Pine this weekend in Ely and it will be tough assignment. Friday they face league-leader Pershing County, which is coming in on a two game losing streak. White Pine lost to Pershing County 64-30 at the Serpent Classic in Hawthorne Dec. 2.

Saturday, the Bobcats host Battle Mountain. “Curious to see how we match up with them. We haven’t played them yet this season.” The Longhorns have an 11-game win streak going into this weekend, but play at 8-2 West Wendover the night before coming to Ely.

The Bobcats, both boys and girls, turn right around and travel to West Wendover on Jan. 9.