It may only be the middle of December, but both the Spanish Springs and Reed boys basketball teams have been making their case for the top team in the north, and possibly even the state.
After just a little over than three weeks since the start of the season, both teams ran their records to 8-0 following a pair of wins last week.
The Cougs were tested in their game against Galena last Tuesday but overcame a fourth quarter to deficit to knock off the Grizzlies 45-40. A balanced scoring attack by Spanish Springs was led by Mason Whittaker with 10 points while Cordell Stinson finished just shy of a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.
Spanish Springs picked up a road win on Friday when they traveled to Carson for a 71-44 victory. Four Cougs reached double figures in the scoring column in a game where they led 48-18 at halftime. DJ Panfili had 16 points, Whittaker 13, Brock OConnell 11 and Trey Hummel scored 10.
Reed also picked up a win over the Senators at home last Tuesday, 75-45. They followed that up Friday with a 65-25 road win at Wooster. No stats were posted in either game for Reed.
The Raiders will host Douglas on Friday at 7 p.m. before playing in the Rail City Classic after Christmas. Spanish Springs plays host to Damonte Ranch tomorrow before playing at Wooster on Friday. They will travel to California after Christmas to play in the Torrey Pines Under Armour Holiday Classic.
The 8-0 starts by both teams is nearly five games better than anyone in the High Desert League so far. McQueen currently sits at 3-3 while Reno and Hug are 2-7 overall. In the Sierra League, Bishop Manogue leads the way with a 7-1 mark and Wooster is in second place at 3-2.
The Railroaders had a tough week after playing in three games in a five day stretch, finishing the week 0-3.
Sparks (1-5, 0-3) played at South Tahoe and fell 75-45 last Tuesday before losing 52-35 at Spring Creek Friday and going down at Elko 61-24 Saturday.
They play Dayton at home on Friday before hosting the annual Rail City Classic tournament next week.