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Warriors end three-game losing streak

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Urgency has a way of bringing out the best in a team.

Sensing their playoff chances slipping away, the George Whittell High Warriors snapped a three-game tailspin to defeat Yerington 70-60 in a Nevada 3A Division II boys basketball game Tuesday night in Yerington.

Balanced scoring help the Warrior wipe out a 17-8 first-quarter deficit. James Putnam led the Warriors with 22 points, followed by Dusty Apocotos with 17, Avery Norman 15 and Bob Linkul seven.

“Any win is great right now. The urgency to win is creeping up on us,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase, whose Warriors improved to 6-9 overall and 1-3 in division play.

Despite scoring 25 points during the second period, the Warriors still trailed 34-33 at the half. But Apocotos nailed three straight three-pointers during the third quarter, which ended with the Warriors ahead 51-48.

Norman scored six points and Chris Markt sank three foul shots in the final period to hold off Yerington.

“Last week was rough, so we’re just trying to get through the first half of the season at .500,” said Maltase, whose team lost three division contests during a five-day span. “We’ll try to build on this and hopefully, good things will happen.”

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