Lakers snap Whittell win streak
A hot-shooting Pyramid Lake beat Whittell 50-47 Saturday, snapping the Warriors’ seven-game winning streak and dealing them their first league loss of the basketball season.
“We shot under 20 percent for the game. They shot almost 70 percent,” Whittell coach Phil Bryant said. “Pyramid Lake deserved to win. They did what they needed to beat us.”
Visiting Pyramid Lake (4-8, 2-4 IV Northern) came out shooting. Lance Chasing Crow sank three 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished with 19 points for the Lakers.
Palmer Chaplin responded for Whittell. He finished with a game-high 31 points, including nine 3-pointers.
Whittell and Pyramid Lake were tied 9-9 after the first quarter. Pyramid Lake took a 17-12 lead into halftime and led 33-27 at the end of the third.
The Warriors remained within a basket or two of Pyramid Lake throughout the fourth quarter and into the closing seconds of the game. But whenever Whittell threatened to tie, the Lakers would strike right back.
John Barlese was especially problematic for the Warriors. He picked apart Whittell’s defense and scored a team-high 22 points for Pyramid Lake, all in the second half.
Colin Buchholz finished with seven points for Whittell. No one else on the team scored more than four.
The loss for Whittell (10-3, 4-1 IV Northern) followed a 63-48 win at Excel Christian on Friday. Tied 31-31 at halftime, Whittell went on a 17-0 run in the third quarter to secure that win.
Chaplin led Whittell’s offense again in that contest, scoring 31 points with seven 3-pointers. The sophomore point guard is averaging 20.5 points per game and ranked seventh in Nevada in scoring.
Quinn Kixmiller scored 10 points for Whittell in the game at Excel Christian. Colin Buchholz scored eight and Spencer Buchholz had 10 rebounds.
Whittell faces more tough league opponents this week. The Warriors play at Mineral County Friday and return home to play Coleville Saturday.
The Mineral County Serpents are 6-8 overall, 4-0 in IV Northern league play. The Coleville Wolves (7-5, 3-3 IV Northern) are undefeated on the road. Whittell squeaked by with a 54-53 win playing at Coleville earlier this season.
Near first place in league, Bryant wants his team to make a strong showing after the tough loss to Pyramid Lake.
“We are only a game out of first place but completely understand that every game is important,” Bryant said. “All the teams in this division are good. There are no easy wins and no easy games.”