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WHS boys fall flat against Silver Stage

Joe Proudman
Joe Proudman / Tahoe Daily Tribune

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. – The Warriors played their best half of basketball, scoring 34 points and going into the half up six, but they couldn’t replicate their initial showing in the second half. Silver Stage limited Whittell to just 13 points the entire second half to up-end the home team 56-47.

“We came back. We really started off slow, sluggish, not really playing our game,” Silver State coach Herman Pugh said. “We put the pressure on and played defense, and great defense.”

“No question it was the best half of basketball we’ve played, but we only played one half,” said Whittell coach Matt Bryant. “The team we played came out more hyped.”

The Warriors were led by Austin Buyak, who had 20 points on the morning, but only five came in the second half. In fact, Whittell only had three points in the third quarter, with only one field goal. Up until Buyak hit a three to end the game, Whittell only had 8 eight points over the last two quarters.

“It’s going to be tough to win a basketball game if you only score eight points in the second half,” Bryant said. “They brought it on defense.”

Silver Stage finally found an answer for Buyak, and Whittell’s top offesnse threat, Austin Neil, found himself in foul trouble early.

Both coaches said the second half was more about will. Pugh describe his teams second half as, “defense, intensity and us wanting the game. We wanted to win.”

“My team was flat in the second half,” Bryant said. “I feel there was definitely a lack of energy.”

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