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Warriors hold off Mustangs

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

ZEPHYR COVE — A day of rest was just what the Whittell Warriors needed.

After playing four times in eight days, the Whittell boys’ basketball team used a day off on Sunday to recharge itself for a 50-42 nonleague win against Lovelock on Monday night.

Whittell built a 16-point halftime lead and withstood a fourth-quarter rally by the Mustangs. Alex Potnick scored 16 points, including 4 of 4 at the foul line in the fourth quarter.

“We got a little complacent in the third quarter. We haven’t been in that situation too often,” said Whittell coach Tyler Rose of double-digit advantage. “We were back to our old ways of throwing the ball away, not playing our man-to-man defense, not keeping the penetration out and not covering the outside shooters.”

The Warriors pulled away from Lovelock in the second quarter by beating the Mustangs’ trapping defense and converting their open shots. Shawn Mand, a junior, scored all 10 of his points in the opening 16 minutes.

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Senior Blake Heldt-Werle and sophomore Austin Neil provided 10 and 11 rebounds, respectively. Heldt-Werle also tossed in 11 points.

Marcus Tippens scored 15 of Lovelock’s 20 points in the final period.

Whittell (6-11 overall) plays at Sparks on Tuesday night.

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