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Apocotos injury slows Whittell’s playoff surge

Steve Yingling

A poke in the eye has clouded Whittell High School’s late-season surge to make the boys basketball postseason.

Whittell High senior point guard Dusty Apocotos suffered an eye injury late in the second period in a 57-51 loss to Nevada 3A Division II leader Wednesday night in Reno. Apocotos, who scored 14 points as the Warriors took a 26-14 halftime lead, was unable to play in the second half and was examined at the hospital following the game. The injury occured while a Manogue defender was trying to knock the ball away from him.

“It was almost swelled shot. He kept ice on it in the second half, but it never got back to where he wanted it to be,” Maltase said. “There’s no question in my mind that we would have won if he’d played the second half.”

His status for Friday’s game at Hawthorne is questionable.

“They couldn’t have picked a better person to do that to,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase, noting that Apocotos had drained four straight three-points shots in the first quarter.

Without Apocotos, the Miners went on a 20-1 run in the third quarter to enter the final eight minutes with a three-point lead.

“Either way (with or without Apocotos), they were going to be fired up in third quarter. They pressured us and we didn’t handle it very well without Dusty out there,” Maltase said.

James Putnam picked up the scoring slack, scoring 25 points for Whittell.

“It took us a while to start going to James, but then they couldn’t stop him,” said Maltase, whose 6-foot-5 center only scored four points in the first half.

Whittell must defeat Hawthorne on the road Friday and Lovelock at home Saturday to qualify for the Division II tournament.

“Whenever we’ve had our backs to the wall we’ve come out and played pretty well. It’s a playoff game in our minds, so we’ll be focused and ready to play,” Maltase said.

It was as perfect of first half off and def as we could have played

score 26-14 at break.

Putnam had four points in first half

dusty 4 of 4 3s in first quarter, 18-7 after one

poked in eye, out for game, went hospital, eye cut on eyelid. eye doctor in audience, kept ice on second half, never got back to where he wanted to be. with doctor pretty much all second half, it was almost swwelled shot, holding ball, guy went for ball and he pretty much dropped when it happened.

He had 14 oints in firsalf, belping bring bal up, it was pretty unfortunate situation.

no quesitn in my mind we would have won if way things were going.

questionable for Friday.

5-5, 10-12 overall.

James 25 points

Dusty 14.

we didnt’ really have

took us a while to start going to hames but they couldn’t stop him.

Dusything he threw up was going in. we had the inside out game going., you know.

“whenever had backs to wlal we’ve come out and played prety wel. it’s playoff game in our mind, we’ll be focused and ready to play.

if we can play two halves like played tonight, we can beat anybody.

It’s going t be tough but def something we can do.

the couldn’t pikce abetter peson to do that too.

Last few games have prob been the best of his career.

def didnt lose beause of lack of effort. they didn’t quit.

either way, they were goig to fire up in third, down by 12, they pressure us and we didn’t hanld pressure well withou;t him out there.

Whittell down three going into fourth, they went on a 20-1 run.

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