Courtesy photo/Dave Maxwell
Caleb Britton scores a layup for the Bobcats in a recent game. White Pine still has a chance to make the league playoffs.

The White Pine High boys basketball team slipped a little further to being out of the running for one of the six spots in the 2A Northern league tournament coming up next month, but not entirely according to Coach Terrill Trask. He had told the boys it was crunch time now if they wanted to keep themselves in the hunt for one of the six playoff berth format the 2A North is going to this year.

Unfortunately, after seven leagues loses in a row it is going to be a tough assignment. “There is still a chance for us, though, we’re not out of it completely yet,” he said.

And he added, “We will have to work our butts off and get some help from other teams. We’ll have to beat North Tahoe and hope that Silver Stage can beat Tahoe next week at Silver Stage.” They lost at North Tahoe 68-63 three weeks ago.

White Pine played at Yerington and Silver Stage last weekend. At Yerington, the Lions David McFalls and Justin Ramirez combined for 16 and 10 points respectively, and seven other Yerington players scored also, giving the Lions a 65-51 win. Trask said, “We started off slow in this game, which has been our problem all season, got behind by about 20 points. But we played much better, outscored the Lions in the second half, but could only get as close as 10. We were going the right direction. I was proud of my guys.”Colin Young was high point for White Pine with 18 and Saxtyn Brewster had 12.At Silver Stage the following night, the game came down to the last shot where the Bobcats saw a three-point attempt bounce off the back rim and they lost  55- 53.  Young again led the team with 19 points and Brewster had 12. Trask said sophomore point guard Devin Starkey contributed 11 points.

This week, the Bobcat boys are hosting North Tahoe and Incline today and Saturday. They lost to both those teams on the road just two weeks ago. North Tahoe (5-12, 2-5) currently holds the No. 6 spot White Pine (5-12, 1-7) would like to get.