The Lake Tahoe School Bobcats have finished a fantastic 2018 basketball season. Our 7th and 8th grade teams both showed great improvement throughout the season. The 8th grade team qualified for the Tah-Neva championship tournament with a regular season record of 9-2. While the 7th grade team finished with a 4-6 record after a number of close losses throughout the regular season.
The 8th grade team capped off a great year by advancing to the consolation championship game at the Tah-Neva tournament. Unfortunately, our Bobcats were defeated on a final 3-point shot by Alder Creek Middle School and lost 46-44. Harry Fung proved unstoppable down low in the consolation championship game as he led the team with 14 points, on 7 of 8 shooting, and 15 rebounds. Zek Kershaw had a great offensive game and was equally impressive with 15 points and 5 rebounds.
Earlier in the day, the mighty 8th grade Bobcats lost to eventual championship runner-up South Tahoe Middle School before defeating North Tahoe Middle School in the consolation semi-final. The entire team contributed throughout the day; Habte Kershaw and 6th grade point guard Tommy Williams were key contributors with great outside shooting, Sean Kirkland and Luc Casini provided much needed defense and rebounding, while Maksim Alexandrov and Quinn Cafferata-Jenkins were wonderful teammates coming off the bench.
Assistant Coach Kris Nugent was delighted with the entire team. “It’s been a fantastic season for our boy’s basketball program. Our 8th grade boys finished small school regular season champions, for the second consecutive year, and then played amazingly well against much bigger schools at the tournament. The 7th grade team showed great improvement and tenacity all season long and should be proud of how well they battled every team they played.”
The 7th grade team fell just short of reaching the Tah-Neva tournament but still enjoyed a fun season. Assistant Coach Jon Cooper noted, “We had a young and inexperienced team but they never stopped playing hard and deserve a great deal of praise for their effort. The future looks bright for our boy’s basketball teams. Also, a big thank you to our amazing coaching team of Coach Mike, Coach Shane, and Coach Craig. We are lucky to have such great coaches and leaders for our boys.”
6th grade point guard Lincoln Fung led the LTS 7th grade Bobcat team with scoring and great leadership all season long. Easton McMichael, Keenan Artle, and Ridge Gerken all were key contributors on offense and defense this season, while Aiden Viera-McCarthy and Ryan Williams were tenacious in defense and with rebounding. The LTS bench contributed all year long with Turner Alston, Josh Ludviksen, Chrsitian Busse, Josh Klein, and Noah Keil all playing hard when entering each game this season.
Great season, Bobcats!