Whittell boys b-ball blasts Sierra Lutheran 61-20
ZEPHYR COVE — The Whittell boys basketball team dominated the first two quarters against Sierra Lutheran on Tuesday night to deliver a decisive victory. The Warriors beat the Falcons 61-20 at home to remain undefeated in league play and extend their winning streak to seven games.
“They were never in it,” Warriors head coach Phil Bryant said.
Whittell (11-1, 3-0 IV West) used its full-court press early on to race out to a comfortable lead. The Warriors led 30-7 after the first quarter and had a 56-15 advantage at halftime — Sierra Lutheran (0-7, 0-2) simply couldn’t solve their defensive pressure.
“The press was very effective and we were able to create multiple turnovers — it’s the team concept of pressing that makes it effective,” Bryant said. “Sierra Lutheran’s coaches indicated they had worked hard on the press — even having seven people on defense — but no matter what you do, you just can’t duplicate what we do with your backup players.”
In the second half that featured a running clock, both teams’ reserves played to a 5-5 tie. The 20 points Whittell allowed marked a season-low for Sierra Lutheran and the lowest total the Warriors have surrendered this season.
“The difficult part of a game like this is that your key players end up playing less than a half — then the backup guys have to play with a running clock and have limited opportunities to get in the flow of things,” Bryant said.
Guard Colin Buchholz led Whittell with a game-high 23 points in the win, and guard Palmer Chaplin scored 22. Both players did damage from beyond the arc in the first half — Buchholz hit five three-pointers on six attempts while Chaplin connected on four treys.
“Colin and Palmer were red hot from the start,” Bryant said.
Guard Bryce Bronken totaled six points and five steals against Sierra Lutheran, and guard Osvaldo Reyes-Lucero added six points. As a team, the Warriors had 22 steals — Chaplin finished with five, guard Jake Sharp and forward Quinn Kixmiller totaled four apiece and Buchholz had three.
Whittell returns to action Friday night at Smith Valley — tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Warriors host Excel Christian Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
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