Whittell boys b-ball routs Coleville 69-23
COLEVILLE, Calif. — The Whittell boys basketball team continued its unbeaten start in league play with ease Tuesday night.
The Warriors had a 31-point advantage after the first quarter and went onto beat Coleville 69-23 for a sixth straight Div. IV West League victory.
“We start every game as though it’s the league championship game,” Warriors head coach Phil Bryant said. “We never take an opponent for granted nor disrespect their competitiveness.”
Whittell (14-1, 6-0 IV West) put the Wolves away early en route to a 46-point win. The Warriors opened up a 33-2 lead after the first quarter, and put in all of its players before the opening frame ended.
“Everyone got to play in the first quarter,” Bryant said. “That was good and it enabled us to use a lot of different combinations throughout the game.”
The Warriors had a 49-7 halftime lead over Coleville (1-10, 0-5). That lead stretched to 50 points after three quarters — the Wolves outscored Whittell 13-9 in the fourth.
“After getting the big lead, we focused on half-court defensive fundamentals and ball movement on offense,” Bryant said.
Guard Palmer Chaplin led Whittell with a game-high 27 points, outscoring Coleville in the process — the junior also had nine assists and five steals. Guard Colin Buchholz finished with 19 points, five rebounds and seven steals — guard Dismas Womack added seven points and six rebounds while forward Quinn Kixmiller added six points and seven rebounds.
“My concern is that the starters don’t get to play much — if at all — in the second half of games like this,” Bryant said.
Whittell’s home game Thursday night against Sage Ridge was cancelled and will be rescheduled for later in the season.
The Warriors return to action Saturday night at fellow league unbeaten Mineral County — tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Whittell JV boys Beat Wolves, improve to 9-0
COLEVILLE, Calif. — The Whittell junior varsity boys basketball team beat Coleville 64-26 on Tuesday to continue its undefeated start to the season. The Warriors improved to 9-0 with the victory.
“These guys are really getting the job done,” Bryant said. “The starters are all freshmen and really working to improve — they go against the varsity every day and it helps them play at a high level.”
Forward Caleb Moretti led all scorers with 22 points in the win.
Bryant said Moretti and guard Peyton Galli were very close to being varsity players this season.
“Caleb could actually be on the varsity now but we want him to be on the court as much as possible — and the JV experience has been good for him,” Bryant said.
“It’s the same with Peyton — he is really maturing as a player and will be huge in Whittell sports for the next three years.”
Guard Genaro Mena also scored in double figures against the Wolves, adding 16 points. The Warriors have a number of talented players at the junior varsity level, players auditioning for a place on the varsity team next season.
“There will only be four spots open on the varsity next year, so offseason growth in fundamentals will be the main factor in who gets those spots,” Bryant said.
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