Whittell JV boys b-ball edges Sierra Lutheran, remains unbeaten | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Whittell JV boys b-ball edges Sierra Lutheran, remains unbeaten

Anthony Gentile
Whittell JV forward Caleb Moretti led the Warriors with 16 points in a 34-32 win over Sierra Lutheran last Tuesday.
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ZEPHYR COVE — The Whittell junior varsity boys basketball team continued its undefeated start to the season on Thursday — and received a wake-up call in the process. The Warriors edged Sierra Lutheran 34-32 at home for a sixth consecutive win.

Whittell (6-0, 3-0 IV West) remained undefeated despite committing a handful of mental and physical errors against the Falcons. Warriors JV coach Matt Bryant attributed the miscues to a lack of conditioning during the holiday break.

“Hopefully it sends a message to all the young players that if you want to compete for championships you can’t take off for two or three weeks in December,” Bryant said. “The varsity players make it a point to be at practice and stay in shape — they know what it takes and our young guys need to be a little more committed.”

Forward Caleb Moretti led Whittell with 16 points in the win, and guard Nick Buchholz added six — those two have been the team’s leaders so far this season. They started against Sierra Lutheran along with guards Genaro Mena, Peyton Galli and Connor Huber.

“All of them can score and all of them play hard,” Bryant said. “They have to go against the varsity everyday and that really helps them.”

In addition to Sierra Lutheran, Whittell has beaten North Tahoe, Incline, Pyramid Lake and Coleville. Much like their varsity counterparts, the Warriors play an uptempo style that includes full-court pressing defensively.

“They have been successful so far this year because the press has been good for them and they have made some big shots,” Bryant said.

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