Whittell boys b-ball rolls past North Tahoe in season debut
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The defending Div. IV state champion Whittell boys basketball team made its season debut Tuesday night — and rolled to a road victory. The Warriors beat North Tahoe 55-29, led by 19 points from guard Palmer Chaplin.
“Right now, players are thinking too much instead of just playing,” Warriors head coach Phil Bryant said. “They will get over that as we continue to play and as they get used to one another. The game can’t be all scripted out, you have to adjust constantly — and we are a little behind where I would like us to be at this point.”
Whittell (1-0) held the Lakers to 12 points in the first half, using its defense to make up for an off night offensively. Bryant said the Warriors’ press was effective against North Tahoe (0-2), but added that it is still a work in progress.
Chaplin led all scorers in the win, and was one of three Whittell players in double figures — forward Quinn Kixmiller finished with 10 points and eight rebounds and guard Colin Buchholz added 10 points. Forward Bryce Bronken had eight points and eight rebounds.
“It was a typical first game with some of the new players being a little nervous and unsettled,” Bryant said. “Offensively we were inconsistent and took some poor shots — I felt like our offensive decisions were not where they should be, even at this point of the season.”
The 26-point victory allowed a handful of Warriors players to get their first experience on the varsity level. Freshman guard Corey Huber and freshman forward Troy Libert played big minutes for Whittell in the win.
“We try to use the preseason to get comfortable with playing with one another and to see what role each player will need to fill,” Bryant said.
“It is an opportunity to see what kind of depth we have and who may be able to contribute some points.”
Whittell returned to action Thursday afternoon at Greenville (Calif.) High, when it opened play in the John Holland Classic against Herlong (Calif.). The Warriors resume tournament play on Friday and Saturday.
Whittell girls b-ball drops season opener
The Whittell girls basketball team lost at North Tahoe 47-41 in its season opener Tuesday night.
The Warriors trailed by one after three quarters, and were outscored by the Lakers 14-9 in the final frame.
Whittell (0-1) returned to action at the John Holland Classic Thursday night at Greenville (Calif.) High. The Warriors continue tournament action Friday and Saturday.