The Dayton High boys basketball team is on a roll and seems to be peaking at the right time of the year.
Dayton won its fifth straight on Saturday in front of a large crown at home on its winterfest, beating North Tahoe 47-35. The Dust Devils improved to 6-5 in the Northern 3A, continuing their battle for third place. Lowry fell to 5-6 after losing to Fernley and Yerington was 5-5 heading into Saturday's game at Truckee.
Dust Devil coach Rob Streeter said he was pleased with his team's play for the whole 32 minutes. Dayton held North Tahoe to two field goals in the first half in taking a 20-7 halftime lead.
"I thought defensively we really played extremely well," Streeter said. "I was happy with our defensive effort."
North Tahoe closed to within 31-27 after three quarters, but Dayton put the game away from the foul line in the fourth quarter. Matt Bowman scored 14 of his 16 points from the line.
Bowman was 10-of-12 from the line in the fourth quarter and Dayton was 13-of-16 from the line as a team in the final period. Dayton was 23-of-28 from the line for the game.
Trent Wood scored eight points and sophomore Josh Aaker continued to play well as seven Dayton players scored. "It was just a great team effort," Streeter said.
NORTH TAHOE 50, DAYTON GIRLS 40
Dayton's girls basketball team led 16-10 after one quarter, but North Tahoe outscored the Dust Devils 15-4 in the second quarter to take a 25-20 halftime lead and held on from there. Amanda Sbragia scored 13 points, Maggie Williams had eight points, Mandy Ring added seven points and Natalie Malekos had six points for Dayton.