Whittell boys’ team each lose in overtime | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Whittell boys’ team each lose in overtime

One one-point overtime defeat in a season is more than a basketball program wants to endure. But Whittell High School experienced a pair of such defeats on Saturday night in Quincy.

After watching the Whittell boys’ junior varsity lose 44-43 in overtime, the Warriors’ varsity followed with a stomach-turning 54-53 extra-period defeat to Quincy.

Whittell appeared to have the nonleague victory in hand, leading 48-44 on an Austin Neil layup via a pass from Garrett Bronken with 1 minute, 40 seconds to go. But Quincy battled back to tie the score at 48 to force overtime.

“Their pressure mounted up a bit, and we started throwing the ball away,” said Whittell coach Tyler Rose.

The Warriors had a one-point lead and the ball late in the overtime but forced up a shot with 30 seconds remaining on the shot clock. Quincy capitalized by scoring on the other end, and Whittell’s final gasp ended in a charging foul.

Alex Potnick, a senior returning from ankle/foot injuries, topped Whittell with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Alex Vogt, playing in his second since undergoing elbow surgery in December, contributed 11 points for Whittell. Neil, a sophomore participating in his second game since being promoted for the JV, scored 10 points, as did Bronken. Senior point guard Blake Heldt-Werle delivered six assists and three steals.

Derek Heldt-Werle led the Whittell JV with 11 points.

Whittell (3-8 overall) will travel to South Tahoe (7-7) on Tuesday night to play the first-ever Mount Rose League basketball game between the neighboring schools.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User