By Garrett Estrada
Ely Times Staff Writer
The White Pine High boys basketball team won three straight road games in just as many days to finish their extended road trip to start the season 8-3 and 3-0 in league play.
The Bobcats defeated Yerington, Silver State, and Silver Stage Academy before returning home for a needed break.
Coach Paul Johnson said that despite the consecutive wins, the team still has plenty of room to get better.
“We did not play to our potential but we played good enough to win,” Johnson said.
The Bobcats defeated Yerington 67-62 on Dec. 19. It was the Bobcat’s second time playing the Lions in one week, but the first time at full strength. Starters Seth Lester and Ty Pickel, who missed the first game against Yerington to take their ACT exams, returned to help the Bobcats win a close game against a conference team.
Lester had a big weekend, scoring 17 points against Yerington and another 17 against Silver State the following night in the Bobcats 73-60 win over the Nighthawks.
Coach Johnson’s son, Nick, also continued his strong season, scoring 32 points against Silver State and 22 points against Silver Stage Academy. Nick Johnson has scored in double digits every game this season.
The Bobcats defeated winless Silver Stage Academy Rams 53-43 on Dec. 21.
After playing 11 games on the road to start the season, the Bobcats will have a hiatus for the holidays. Coach Johnson doesn’t want the break to dull the teams momentum before their home opener on Jan. 3 against North Tahoe.
“We have to be able to handle our limited success and not become complacent,” he said. ”We can sometimes become our greatest competition by being satisfied with what we have accomplished thus far. I hope this team understands how important it is to prepare for the next game as if it were the state championship and accept nothing less out of each practice and every game.”
Boys —White Pine 67 Yerington 62
Girls — White Pine 48, Yerington 35
Boys —White Pine 73 Silver State 60
Boys —White Pine 53 Silver Stage Academy 43