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Mineral County’s Robert McFalls works between defenders during Saturday’s 80-48 win at Excel Christian.

Friday night the Mineral County High boys basketball team traveled to South Lake Tahoe to take on the Warriors as both teams were tied for the conference lead at 10-1.

The Serpents got off to a good start as they used a full court press against Whittell and ended up 23-12 at the end of the first period. The Serpents stumbled a little in the second quarter as the Warriors outscored Mineral County 20-15 to get back in the game. At halftime, the Serpents led 38-33.

The third quarter was all Serpents as the defense held the Warriors to only five points and the offense put up 18 points to lead 56-38. Whittell cut the lead to 11 with 3:21 left in the game., but the Serpents offense went on a 16-2 run to end the game. Mineral County won 78-53 and lead the Western Conference at 11-1.

Five Serpents were in double figures as Seth Bozzi finished with 19 points and Robert McFalls 14. Damien Montoya and Devon Davis had 13 each while Vic Montoya scored 11 and Tony Dominguez eight. The Serpents controlled the glass; Seth Bozzi had 17 rebounds, Robert McFalls, Devon Davis and Damien Montoya had 10 rebounds each. Tony Dominguez had nine assists and five steals.

On Saturday, the Serpents traveled to Sparks to play Excel Christian. It was a tough task as the boys left Hawthorne at 11:30 a.m. Friday for Whittell and didn’t get home until 1 a.m. Saturday morning. They then got back on the bus Saturday at 8 a.m. for the Sparks trip which all contributed to a slow first half as the Serpents only led 37-30 over Excel Christian.

The boys found their legs and second wind as they outscored their opponents 43-18 in the 2nd half to win 80-48.

McFalls led the Serpents with 20 points, nine rebounds and five steals. Bozzi had another double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

These were two great wins and the boys played their best basketball as a team. Its great training as the Serpents need to finish strong and build momentum for zone and state. However, another tough task is on Saturday as the Serpents will travel to Sierra Lutheran for a very important game. A win puts the Serpents in control of the conference.

On Friday night, which is SENIOR NIGHT, our Serpents will host Coleville. Please come out and support our seniors and then go with us to Sierra Lutheran on Saturday.