WEST WENDOVER – Following a split in their two league contests against some of the top teams in the Division 2A North last weekend, the West Wendover Wolverines left no doubt Tuesday in a conference contest at home against White Pine.
The game was essentially over after the first period.
West Wendover erupted to a 31-point lead.
Yes, in eight minutes, the Wolverines scored 36 points – limiting the Bobcats to five.
Some teams don’t score 36 points in a ballgame; West Wendover averaged more than four points per minute in the opening frame.
The dogs were called off early, the bench players seeing plenty of action.
The Bobcats won the battle of the second quarter, doubling up the Wolverines in a 14-7 frame.
At the break, West Wendover led 43-19.
The Wolverines regained momentum in the third, outscoring the Bobcats 17-5.
In the final period, West Wendover allowed just two points and pumped in another double-digit period with 11 points.
At the buzzer, the Wolverines improved to a 4-1 in league play with a 45-point, running-clock victory of 71-26, sending White Pine to a 1-4 start in the 2A North.
Junior Armondo Gonzalez-Haro paced the balanced West Wendover attack with 19 points and three 3s, the Wolverines earning double digits from junior Eric Correa with 16 points.
Gonzalez-Haro closed the game with a double-double – grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds and adding four assists – and Cerna collected eight boards.
Senior Eric Cerna and junior Luis Esparza scored eight points apiece, and seniors Fabian Haro and Dante Robles each put in six points for the Wolverines.
Robles and Correa tied for the team high with five assists apiece, and senior Eduardo Gonzalez took away a team-best five steals.
Robles made four steals, Cerna adding three swipes.
The remarkable feat of the extreme blowout from the opening tip was that the Wolverines did not even need the services of senior star Saul Palacios.
WHITE PINE 5 14 5 2 26 Total WEST WENDOVER 36 7 17 11 71 Total The Wolverines were scheduled for a two-game roadie against conference opponents, facing the Lakers (1-2 in league) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in North Tahoe and closing with a 2 p.m. Saturday tip at Incline (1-3 in league).