Preps roundup: Wade helps rally Warriors; Vikings boys lose pair
ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. — Whittell hadn’t played a basketball game in nearly a month but shook off the rust and finished the pre-league season undefeated.
Dylan Wade got hot in the second half Wednesday and finished with 38 points to rally the Warriors past Silver Stage 65-56 in Zephyr Cove.
“We haven’t played in a month and we looked like that out of the gate,” said Warriors head coach Phil Bryant. “Even though we had a number of holiday practices we looked like a first game in our execution of our offensive sets and defensive alignments.”
The Nighthawks feature a 6-foot-10 big man and 6-3 athletic wing that crashed the boards, giving the Warriors fits trying to get rebounds.
The Warriors went into halftime down eight.
“They are a pretty physical team and we had difficulty blocking out,” Bryant said. “On offense we had little ball movement against the zone and with the poor spacing were easy to defend.”
Bryant made some adjustments on both ends of floor. He dropped the press and had his team concentrated on getting half-court stops.
The Warriors started the third on a 10-0 run and went into the fourth quarter down by just one.
Wade caught fire in the second half. He hit seven 3-pointers, including four in the fourth quarter. He finished with 10 treys.
Also for Whittell (10-0), Trent Dingman scored 11 points, Malachi Womack added seven and also grabbed 10 rebounds, Zack Johns scored seven and Isaiah Womack dished nine assists
Whittell begins play in the 1A West League on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Sierra Lutheran (8-4).
“That will be a tough opener,” Bryant said, “they are the favorite to win our league this year.”
South Tahoe boys fall to Lowry, North Valleys
The South Tahoe boys’ basketball team lost two games in the past week and has dropped four straight overall.
The Vikings fell to the Lowry Buckaroos, 75-67, on Friday, Jan. 4, on the road and lost, 60-57, Tuesday, Jan. 8, to North Valleys at South Tahoe.
South Tahoe lost a second half lead against Lowry despite a career night from Cameron Lehmann.
The junior poured in 28 points on 10 of 13 from the floor and 8 of 16 from the free throw line.
Freshman Andrew Lehmann added 16 points, including three 3-pointers, Carl Valiente netted 11 and Kevin Lehmann scored nine and grabbed six rebounds.
A Vikings rally fell short against North Valleys. South Tahoe was down nine, 47-38, heading into the fourth quarter.
South Tahoe (2-7, 2-4 3A Northern League) next will host rival Truckee (5-5, 0-5 Northern) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and travel Tuesday to play Sparks (3-9, 0-5 Northern).