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Warriors shutout at Portola

Steve Yingling

If basketball was a 16-minute game, Whittell High would have been a perfect 3-0 at the Portola Tournament last weekend.

Instead, the Warrior boys squandered three second-half leads en route to an 0-3 mark in Portola, Nev., and a 1-7 overall record.

“We should be 7-1 right now, but something is missing,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase. “All of our parts aren’t clicking right now, and I think we need to work on our interior defense. We’re staying positive and hopefully we’ll be ready to play some good basketball in January and play a complete game.”



On Thursday night, the Warriors lost when Quincy converted a layup with two seconds remaining for a 70-69 victory. Dusty Apocotos led the Warriors with 21 points, followed by James Putnam (19) and Matt Raab (18).

The Warriors blew a 14-point third-quarter edge Friday as host Portola rallied for a 70-63 triumph. Putnam didn’t play, but the Warriors still dominated until Apocotos got into foul trouble.



Apocotos fouled out early in the fourth quarter but still topped the Warrior scoring with 21 points. Raab added 19.

Whittell capped their frustrating weekend with a 56-47 loss to Modoc – again a game it led at intermission. Apocotos, who had a team-high 16 points, encountered more wrath from officials’ whistles and another key component, Adrian Norman, fouled out.

Besides the foul difficulty, Whittell lost Raab in the first quarter with a jammed wrist.

Putnam scored 12 points for Whittell.

Whittell’s next game is Dec. 30 against South Tahoe’s junior varsity in Zephyr Cove.


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