The North Tahoe boys basketball team played competitively in all four of its games at the Whittell Tournament this past weekend. Unfortunately for the Lakers, they left 0-4.
Despite the results, North Tahoe coach Frank Wright was generally pleased with his team’s performance.
“It was good because all our kids played,” he said, adding that the Lakers are a better team than their 2-8 record indicates — they also went 0-4 against large schools in the Monster Legacy Tournament in Las Vegas the week prior.
North Tahoe opened the Whittell Tournament with a 39-37 loss against league opponent Yerington on Thursday. They followed with a 70-65 loss to a strong Bishop team on Friday and ended Saturday with a 53-39 loss to Redding Christian and a 51-40 loss to host Whittell.
“We deserved to lose to Yerington,” Wright said. “We led the whole game and gave it up at the end.”
Junior forward Mitchell Myers pulled down 12 rebounds against the Lions while senior guard Noah McDermott made an impact with an all-around “outstanding” game, Wright said. McDermott played well the whole tournament, the coach added, averaging double figures in scoring.
Dakota Aiazzi and Sam Hammond led Yerington with 10 points apiece. Matthew Brannan grabbed a game-high 25 rebounds.
North Tahoe played Bishop tightly throughout Friday’s contest. In the final three minutes, however, the Broncos hit three consecutive 3-pointers to escape with the five-point win.
“Bishop is a good team. They’re very well-coached,” Wright said. “But it was tight all the way.”
Myers scored 19 points to lead North Tahoe, and senior point guard Alex Tyler contributed 10.
The Lakers led for a good portion against Redding Christian. They carried a 26-23 advantage into the half and a 35-32 lead into the fourth quarter. Redding Christian then outscored them 21-4 in the fourth quarter to take over the lead and pull away.
Despite playing what Wright considered good defense against Whittell — particularly senior Alex Bourriague — the Lakers found themselves in foul trouble and trailing. The Warriors shot 30 free throws in the game, including 17 to North Tahoe’s two in the third quarter alone.
Tyler scored 15 points to lead the Lakers, while Whittell junior Bryce Bronken and sophomore Palmer Chaplin scored 14 points apiece to lead the Warriors.
Results for the North Tahoe girls from the Whittell Tournament were not available.