Lassen boys let wins slip away
Lassen High School's boys' basketball team is seeking a way not to lose games in the final minutes. The Grizzlies (3-8) lost three games down the stretch earlier this month.
"They were games we should have won," Lassen head coach Paul Moore said. "We have to find ways to win close games. We're taking bad shots, letting the wrong people take shots and not playing smart basketball when we take a lead into the final minutes of a game."
Against Spanish Springs on the road Tuesday, Dec. 11, the Grizzlies were outscored 5-0 in the final 30 seconds and lost 45-43. A three-pointer and steal did Lassen in. Andrew Alkire paced the team with 11 points.
Against Sparks at home the next night, Lassen led 45-39 with 2:30 to go and then the Railroaders went on a 11-0 run to steal the victory. Lassen's Ben Baker scored a team-high 16 points.
Lassen coughed up an eight-point lead with three minutes to go against Wooster of Reno, Friday, Dec. 14. Baker netted 20 points and Chris Peck added 18.
The Grizzlies suffered their sixth loss in a row last Wednesday, bowing to McQueen 77-30 in the opening round of the Reed Tournament in Sparks.
Lassen committed more turnovers than points, handing the ball to McQueen 34 times. Matt Lively and Chad Yancy each scored 11.
The boys are off this week before competing in the Pleasant Valley Tournament Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 3-5. Lassen opens with Pleasant Valley.