Whittell uses clutch foul shooting to upset Dayton
Whittell High’s boys’ basketball team may have found its groove Wednesday night with its most crucial games of the season to come in the next week.
The Warriors upset Dayton 59-54 in nonleague game in Dayton for their third victory of the season.
“We’re hoping to keep the momentum going and utilize this for this last stretch,” said Whittell coach Tyler Rose, whose Warriors have a key road game at Battle Mountain on Saturday and two huge games with North Tahoe next week.
Junior Blake Werle made 4 of 6 at the charity stripe and junior Alex Vogt added two more free throws in the final 36.7 seconds as the Warriors held off the large Class 3A school.
After trailing by six to eight points most of the way, Dayton pulled to within a point late in the fourth quarter. But the Warriors salted away the win at the foul line, making 12-of-18 attempts in the final 8 minutes.
Alex Potnick, a junior, came off the bench to knock down 16 points and share team scoring honors with senior Cody Nelson. Vogt finished with eight points, Michael Koskin added seven and Connor Ferris came through with two big buckets and several textbook box-out rebounds in a reserve role.
“Alex (Vogt) controlled the ball in the half court with ease, and we were able to cycle through and get open looks,” Rose said.
Rose believes playing six-ranked Incline (20-2) twice in the past week helped his team.
“We got a good look at them to see how well they move the ball, how well they control the game,” Rose said. “We kind of utilized that to our advantage and hopefully it prepares us for Saturday’s big trip to Battle Mountain.”
Whittell improved to 3-16 overall, while Dayton dropped to 6-12. The Warriors, sixth in the Northern 2A with a 1-8 in league, are trying to clinch at least the final berth into the regional tournament that starts Feb. 17 at Wooster High in Reno.
Hunter Morgan scored nine points to lead Whittell’s JV in a 51-32 defeat at Dayton.
Dayton rolls past WHS girls
The Dayton Dust Devils rolled over the Whittell Warriors 56-12 in a nonleague girls’ basketball game on Wednesday in Dayton.
Erika Garcia led the Dust Devils with 14 points, while Kathy Arias scored 11 and Ari Ruybal added nine.
Whittell’s scoring was not available.
Warriors’ coach Tom Esposito had said following a 35-25 loss to Incline on Tuesday, that he planned to give substantial playing time to his reserves.
Isabel Concha-Foley led Whittell with five points.
The Warriors (3-15 overall, 0-7 league) return to Northern 2A League on Saturday at Battle Mountain.
– The Nevada Appeal contributed to this story.
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