The Ely Times

For the second week in a row, the White Pine High boys basketball team split its weekend league games. A 70-27 loss to powerful Incline was followed by a 58-50 win at North Tahoe.

Coach Terrill Trask said it’s always tough at Incline. “They are just a good team, period, and they even beat league leading West Wendover the night after we played them [West Wendover and Incline split their series]. Incline has a spectacular freshman point guard [6-3 T.T. Valosek] who is going to score pretty much at will.”

Individual stats were not posted, but the Highlanders just skinned the Bobcats in the first half with a 50-18 outburst.

In the second half, Trask said “Once I saw how that game was going I pretty much pulled my starters, didn’t play them much at all and let them rest for the game the next night.”

The Bobcats were held scoreless in the third quarter, had got just five points in the fourth quarter. But Incline put their subs in also, and only had six points in the final period.

At North Tahoe on Saturday, the boys were able to avenge a heartbreaking 51-50 loss to the Lakers suffered in Ely Jan. 5.

Again game stats were not posted, but Trask said, “It was very good to get in there and get that win since we had lost to them earlier at our place.  We were leading by 10 or so at the break. They came out really hot in the third quarter and pulled within three points. So we called a time out, made a few adjustments and came back with an 18-point fourth quarter to preserve the win. Phoenix Ball was the team leader with 14 points.”

Trask said the boys also got some offensive rebounds that were really big. “Been focusing more on that aspect lately, cleaning up the boards.”

This weekend the Bobcats (7-13, 4-8) have their last home games of the season, facing Pershing County and Coral Academy, the two league cellar dwellers.

The final three games, with White Pine still having a chance to make the playoffs, will be on the road at Yerington and Silver Stage, then a non-league season finale at Pahranagat Valley.   

The six-team 2A Northern Division playoffs are scheduled for Feb. 21-23 at Sparks High School. The top two finalists advance to the state tournament March 1-2 at The Orleans in Las Vegas.