League play resumed last week for the White Pine High boys basketball team last weekend, but not they way they had hoped for. The boys lost both home games, to Pershing County on Friday, 67-22, and Saturday to league-leader Battle Mountain 65-42. “It was a rough game (with Pershing County),” said Bobcat coach Terrill Trask. “We couldn’t hit a shot and they seemed like they were not able to miss a shot. It got ugly quick. It was not a good game.”
He said, “We only scored 22 points, and you just can’t beat teams that way. It was one of those games where we didn’t show up and the other team did. They’re a good shooting team.”
Trask had no answer for the team’s poor play, although they had gone 2-2 at the Rail City Classic the week between Christmas and New Years.
Trask said the Mustangs’ Derek Sandusky had a trio of three-pointers in the first two minutes “and kind of set the tone for the game.” He finished with a game high 26 points.
White Pine and Pershing County played during the Serpent Classic in Hawthorne in December, and Trask said this game was fairly similar. Pershing County won that one by 34 points.Saturday afternoon against Battle Mountain (4-0, 13-2) Trask said, “Offensively wise we just couldn’t seem to hit. We always seem to have lapses, and in this game it was the second quarter.”
The Bobcats were outscored 16-6 in the second quarter. After that, the boys just couldn’t close the gap very much.
Saxtyn Brewster was out with a sprained ankle during the second half of the game, but is expected to return in a week. “He’s a presence as a rebounder on both offense and defense. One of my senior players,” Trask said. Phoenix Ball led the Bobcats with 16 points. “I really thought this was his best game,” Trask noted.
White Pine played at West Wendover on Tuesday, and are on the road for the next four games. Friday and Saturday at Incline and North Tahoe, then at Yerington and Silver Stage Jan. 19-20.
Trask said, “These road games are important. We need to win them if we are going to have a chance to make the playoffs. The 2A North is taking six teams to the playoffs this year, so we know we have to take care of business against Tahoe and Silver Stage to stay in the hunt.”