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Truckee basketball: Boys drop finale to Fernley, miss playoffs

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun

Sylas Wright/Sierra SunTruckee senior Tyler Ferris led the Wolverines with 17 points in their loss to Fernley on Saturday.

TRUCKEE and#8212; The Wolverines wasted a first-half comeback by scoring just three points in the third quarter as Fernley pulled away for a 61-49 win Saturday.

The loss ended Truckeeand#8217;s season at 3-9 in Northern 3A league play, one win away from earning a spot in the regional postseason tournament. Fernley, which improved to 4-8 in league with the win, will enter as the sixth and final playoff seed.

After jumping out to a quick 5-0 lead on a steal and layup by Tyler Ferris and a 3-pointer by Matt Mehan, Truckee went cold as the Vaqueros answered with a 13-0 run.

The Wolverines then clamped down defensively the latter part of the first half, turning a 23-11 deficit into a 35-33 lead shortly before the midway point. The score was tied at the half, 36-36.

Truckee emerged from the half ice-cold on the offensive end, scoring just three points the entire third quarter while Fernley built its lead to 49-39. The Wolverines finally got on the board in the second half when Ferris hit a free throw with 3:19 remaining in the quarter.

The home team picked up the pace slightly in the fourth quarter, when it scored 10 points. But it was too little, too late.

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Cade Knutson punished the Wolverines from behind the 3-point line, making six of his eight 3-point attempts and finishing with 28 points.

Ferris led Truckee with 17 points, while Ben Bolton added 11 points.