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Warriors waste nice comeback

Down by 16 points at the half on the road Tuesday night in Yerington, Whittell High’s boys basketball team must not have been relishing the thought of spending the rest of the holiday break from school on the basketball court.

A different group of Warriors played the second half, taking the lead with 20 seconds left, only to fall 61-56 when the Lions made six free throws before the final horn sounded.

Joel Warnick scored off a pick-and-roll on a feed from Nestor Flores to put Whittell ahead 56-55. But Whittell committed two turnovers in the final 20 seconds, and Yerington showed the Warriors how to shoot from the charity stripe. Whittell only made 14 of 32 from the foul line.

“We made a real nice comeback, but the last 30 seconds we couldn’t execute,” said WHS coach Steve Maltase.

Nick Summers led the Warriors with 15 points, followed by 12 from Bryan Sigel and Flores.

Whittell, 3-7, plays at ROP on Dec. 28 and at Douglas on Dec. 29.

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