North Tahoe boys basketball team finished 1-2 in the Whittell Tournament this past weekend, with two close losses against Redding Christian and Whittell and a clobbering win over KIPP Collegiate of San Jose.
The Lakers opened with a huge second-half comeback effort against Redding Christian only to fall short, 58-54. The Lakers trailed 34-10 at the half after a cold start, but outscored Redding Christian 44-24 in the third and fourth quarters.
Junior point guard Alex Tyler led North Tahoe with 19 points, making 13 of his 14 free-throw attempts, while sophomore Mitchell Myers contributed 14 points.
North Tahoe bounced back with a lopsided win against KIPP Collegiate, by score of 79-22. Tyler scored 19 points again, while senior Colin Spencer chipped in 11 points and senior Sean McDermott had 10 points.
KIPP Collegiate had a rough tournament, as the Bay Area school also lost 95-15 against Redding Christian and 64-16 against Whittell, and has mustered only 100 points in five losses this season.
The Lakers then played a back-and-forth thriller against an evenly matched Whittell team, losing 46-44. North Tahoe head coach Frank Wright said the Lakers had several opportunities to tie the score near the end of regulation but could not get the bucket they needed.
Tyler and Myers scored 13 points apiece. Myers had seven rebounds and Spencer six.
North Tahoe, which is now 3-4 overall, is scheduled to host Division I North Valleys on Saturday at 2 p.m.