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Shea Simon goes up for the jump shot.

The Ely Times

The White Pine High boys basketball team has a three-game win streak going after last weekend’s game where they were winners against Pershing County and Coral Academy.

And now they prepare for the final regular season games, on the road this weekend to Yerington and Silver Stage, then a final stop at Pahranagat Valley in Alamo Feb. 14.

Against Pershing County, coach Terrill Trask said the 46-31 final score was a result of the Bobcats taking a large early lead and just holding on to it throughout the rest of the game.

Jayden Brewer led the team with 10 points but they spread the scoring around.

Coral Academy, “even though they are winless on the season, they can play you tough and have done so in the past.” Trask said. “This time we started off hot, had a 16-5 first quarter lead and coasted home to a 65-29 victory. Our intensity level was better. We were really locking down on defense. Most of the points we gave up was on free throws.”

Brewer had a season high in this game with 16 points. Devin Starkey had 10 in the first quarter. “We only had three players who didn’t score,” Trask said.

It was Senior Night for the Bobcat teams, but the boys don’t have any seniors, so Trask said, “We just watched as the girls honored their seniors and the 10 senior White Pine cheerleaders.”

The final three games, with White Pine (9-13, 6-8) still having a chance to make the playoffs, will be on the road at No. 3 Yerington (16-8, 11-2) and Silver Stage (12-7, 8-5), then a non-league season finale at Pahranagat Valley in Alamo. 

Trask said here at the end of the season, “I’m excited to see how the team has been coming together and playing well, team ball, not a bunch of individuals on the court.”

Trask is hoping that if things go as he hopes, the weekend will result with the Bobcats being in a three-way tie with Battle Mountain (10-13, 4-10)  and North Tahoe (11-10, 5-8). White Pine has split with both the Longhorns and the Lakers.

The six-team 2A Northern regional 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.