Incline boys basketball smashes Silver Stage, stays perfect in league |

Incline boys basketball smashes Silver Stage, stays perfect in league

Incline senior co-captain Ian Smith looks to pass earlier this season.
Bill Rozak / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Incline won a pair of league basketball games in the past week and can reach their first goal of the season tonight in Battle Mountain.

The Highlanders drubbed Coral Academy 66-10 Friday at home and went on the road Tuesday to beat Silver Stage 62-44. They are 8-1 overall and 3-0 in the Northern League.

“It’s exciting that these young men have the chance on Friday to earn goal number one, be 4-0 in league before Christmas break,” said Highlanders head coach Tim Kelly. “We knew we could be there and they have worked hard to get there. Friday is another gigantic road challenge for us.”

Incline jumped all over Silver Stage in the first quarter and built a 24-9 lead, which pretty much proved to be the difference in the game. The Highlanders lead 38-21 at halftime.

“We had a great start,” Kelly said. “We are very happy with their focus and pre-game routine. They are coming out ready to go.”

Freshman TT Valosek scored 17 points to lead the Highlanders while also grabbing a team-high nine rebounds. He also made three steals.

Also for Incline, Liam Nolan-Bowers scored nine points, hauled in seven boards and made four steals, Tyler Knight drained a pair of 3s, Brad Rye netted six points, Ian Smith scored five points, dished four assists and made three steals and Johnny Redfern, freshman Brody Thralls and Paul Larsen each added four points.

Kelly’s favorite stat Tuesday that doesn’t show up in any box score is diving for loose balls.

“Ian Smith dove for two balls on the same play, just awesome,” Kelly said. “We dove for five loose balls to them not diving once. Our defensive intensity has been awesome.”

In the beatdown Friday night, everybody got into the scoring act, but it was Nolan-Bowers leasing the way with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Redfern scored eight points and Rye, Smith, Valosek and Brayden Hock each scored seven points.

Following the game against Battle Mountain (7-4, 1-1 Northern), the Highlanders will road trip to Southern California to participate in the Mt. Carmel Holiday Classic, Dec. 26-29, in San Diego.

They begin 2019 against Reno on Jan. 2 then get back into league against White Pine Jan. 4.

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