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ELKO – The Elko boys basketball team’s bid for seven-consecutive league titles is off to a pretty good start.

After going 3-0 in the Red Lion Tournament, the Indians began league play with two victories over two good teams in the openers of the Division 3A North – picking up wins against Fernley and Fallon.

Up next on the slate, the Indians will look to remain undefeated at South Tahoe – playing another set of road games.

The Vikings will also enter the game with a 2-0 record in the 3A North, knocking down wins of 49-29 at Lowry and 71-55 at home against Truckee.

South Tahoe graduated the meat of its varsity starters last season, but the Vikings bring back 6-foot-5 senior McCallan Castles.

Castles, a University of California commit for football, has the ability to play inside or step on the perimeter, handle the ball and known down shots.

Some of the other players who have emerged for South Tahoe are junior power forward Kevin Lehmann and senior guard Peyton Galli.

The Indians have gained notable contributions from a wide array of their roster, recently gaining a monster game from senior center Jeron Yopps in Fallon.

He did it all against the Greenwave, scoring a career-best 26 points, knocking down shots, blocking opposing attempts and running the floor.

In Elko’s two league games, junior Alex Klekas closed with 17 points against Fernley and tallied 15 against Fallon.

Elko’s bench has come big, scoring 20 points in Fernley.

The Indians played lockdown defense against the Vaqueros, allowing just 15 points in the first half and 38 for the ballgame.

About the only area of Elko’s game that hasn’t been stellar in the early portion of the season is outside shooting.

If the Indians start burying shots from the perimeter, they will be tough to contend with.

In the two meetings last season, Elko won both.

The Indians extended to a 71-58 victory on Jan. 21 at Centennial Gymnasium and had to hold off a furious charge by the Vikings on Feb. 11 at South Tahoe, hanging on for a 53-47 victory and clinching their seventh straight regular-season league title.

Elko will look to improve to 3-0 in the 3A North, taking on the Vikings at 7:30 p.m. Friday in South Tahoe.

The Indians will close their second road trip in as many weeks at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Dayton.


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