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Warriors make Truckee sweat

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor
David Werle / Provided to the TribuneWhittell High guard Alex Vogt uses the screen of teammate Blake Heldt-Werle to get loose in the key against Truckee on Friday night in Zephyr Cove.

Whittell nearly slayed another 3A giant on Friday night.

Three days after upsetting South Tahoe, the Warriors lost to Truckee 54-51 in a Mount Rose League boys’ basketball game in Zephyr Cove.

The Warriors had several chances to tie or go ahead in the final minute of action but couldn’t put down the clutch shot. The last opportunity came as time expired as Alex Potnick’s 26-foot shot just missed the mark.

“It was probably one of our better games,” said Whittell coach Tyler Rose, whose team’s two-game winning streak was snapped. “This was a game of composure, and that was our biggest key. They two or three technicals, and we didn’t get involved with that and played our game.”

The win moved Truckee to 2-1 and into first place in the MRL standings.

Truckee’s Colin Christian and Tony Rodriguez each scored 15 points.

Potnick led Whittell with 16 points and eight boards, Alex Vogt provided 10 points and 11 boards and Blake Heldt-Werle scored 11.

The Wolverines seemed to be in control, leading 40-32 after three periods. But a three-point basket by Heldt-Werle capped a 10-2 Whittell run, making the score 42-40. Truckee continued to hold off Whittell, leading 50-46 with 3 minutes to go. After Heldt-Werle made a free throw to pull Whittell within a point, James Depew twice made the front end of 1-and-1 free throws, padding Truckee’s lead to 53-50. Each time after Depew missed the second try, Whittell committed a turnover.

Trent McMullen added a late free throw to close out Truckee’s scoring, and the Wolverines survived the last-ditch shot by Potnick.

Truckee (11-6 overall) only turned the ball over nine times compared to Whittell’s 17.

The Warriors (1-2 in MRL) play host to Incline at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Wolverines ran away the JV game, winning 64-22. Oliver Curial had eight points for Whittell.

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