Senior White Pine point guard Nate Lee goes up for an uncontested lay-up in the Bobcats’ 68-42 loss to Lincoln Tuesday.

Senior White Pine point guard Nate Lee goes up for an uncontested lay-up in the Bobcats’ 68-42 loss to Lincoln Tuesday.

Bad habits and soft defense. After only trailing by seven points at halftime, those were the reasons White Pine boys basketball coach Charlie Hall cited for the Bobcats’ collapse in the second half of the team’s 68-42 loss at home to Lincoln on Tuesday night.

“We work on this stuff for hours and hours in practice. Things like making clean passes, they look great in practice but when we get into gametime, they revert back to their bad habits and try to force things,” Hall said.

The Bobcats fell behind early in the game, trailing 23-4 in the second quarter before ending the half on a 16-4 run, led by hot three-point shooting from the Bobcats’ leading scorer, team captain Chris Young.

But the Lynx responded quickly after the break, opening the third quarter on a 9-0 run with three consecutive three-point shots.

Despite cutting the lead back down to 11 points with a rally to end the third quarter, the Bobcats were never able to stop Lincoln’s physical attack under the hoop.

Hall said he is hoping to get the Bobcats (1-13, 1-8) back into the win column this weekend, when the team will host back to two home games. The Bocats will face Mountain View Christian on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Lake Mead Academy  at 4 p.m.

“Being home for the next two games should allow us to use our athleticism to win these games and get back on track,” the coach said.

The Bobcats will also travel to Eureka on Jan. 27 to play the Vandals at 5 p.m.

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