Whittell boys win 3 straight, host rival Virginia City Friday
ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. — Dylan Wade and Trent Dingman found the range from beyond the arc and shot the Whittell boys’ basketball team past three straight opponents.
Wade averaged 27.7 points per game and Dingman 21 as the Warriors drubbed Pyramid Lake 77-52 on Friday at home, Smith Valley 73-36 the next day and Excel Christian 74-37 Tuesday, both on the road.
Wade and Dingman each scored 27 points in the win over Pyramid Lake and combined for 11 3-pointers, including seven from Wade.
Sterling Manchester added 10 points, six rebounds and three steals and Isaiah Womack filled the state sheet with seven points, nine assists and six rebounds for the Warriors.
Wade and Dingman were at it the next day, combining for nine 3-pointers and 41 points.
Dingman scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Wade scored 21, including 5 of 13 from long range, and he also hauled in six boards.
Zack Johns added 14 points and six boards and Womack netted five points, brought down 11 rebounds, dished nine assists and made five steals.
Wade exploded Tuesday for 35 points, including 9 of 15 from 3-point range.
Wade is putting up some impressive shooting numbers. He has drained 21 of last 43 shot attempts (49 percent) and that has pushed him up to 44 percent for the season.
He has made 72 3-pointers in 14 games and that is the 11th best season in Nevada history for class 1A in just 14 games.
The record for most 3-pointers in a season is 122, recorded in 30 games in 2007. If Wade played 30 games this season, he would destroy that total with his current pace of 5.1 treys per game (153).
He is on pace to net 117 in the Warriors 23 regular season games.
Also for the Warriors (13-1, 2-1 West League), Dingman had 16 points and nine rebounds, Johns scored 11, dished six assists and grabbed five boards and Womack had six points.
The Warriors remain one game behind Sierra Lutheran (12-4, 3-0 West) in league with nine games left in the season.
“We are a game behind Sierra Lutheran but feel we are at the same level as they are,” said Warriors head coach Phil Bryant. “I am really concerned about our lack of depth as we have not had a consistent performance by anyone coming off the bench. We have a solid starting group but have been unable to establish the sixth through ninth spots. When a starter gets in to foul trouble we seem to get disorganized fairly quickly and our efficiency takes a big hit. Like most teams, we seem to go into waves of high production and spurts of ‘what are we doing?’ ”
The Warriors will host rival Virginia City (4-6, 0-2 West) at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.
The football games are always packed and lively and the basketball games follow suit.
“We play VC Friday and those games are always played with the most energy by both teams,” Bryant said. “It is a friendly, but bitter rivalry that carries some serious social media bragging rights by both schools.”