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Truckee basketball: Boys fall to Dayton at home

Sylas Wright
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Sylas Wright/Sierra SunJames DePew gets hacked as he goes strong to the hoop against Dayton.

TRUCKEE and#8212; Sophomore Dylan Taylor paced visiting Dayton with 28 points as the Dust Devils dominated early and withstood a third-quarter comeback to hand the Wolverines a 56-45 loss this past Friday.

Truckee fell to 3-7 in Northern 3A league play with the loss, while Dayton improved to 3-6.

Taylor and the Dust Devils picked apart the Wolverines in the first half with slashing drives to the bucket and sharp passes to cutters inside. Combined with Truckee’s cold shooting, Dayton built a 16-6 lead by the end of the first quarter and a 30-18 lead by the half.

and#8220;It seemed like their man wasn’t very disciplined, and we picked them apart with a basic flex offense,and#8221; Dayton head coach Jason Santos said.

The Wolverines showed signs of life in the third quarter, when they picked up their defensive intensity and held Dayton to just four points while narrowing the lead to 34-30. The Dust Devils responded with a 22-point fourth quarter as they controlled the offensive boards and converted a high percentage at the free-throw line down the stretch.

Junior post player James DePew led Truckee with 15 points, while Ben Bolton added nine for the Wolverines.

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According to the latest Northern 3A standings, Sparks lead the league with a perfect 10-0 record. Lowry is second at 8-2, followed by Spring Creek at 4-6, Dayton and Yerington both at 3-6, and Truckee and Fernley at 3-7.

The top six teams advance to the regional tournament, which is scheduled for Feb. 18-20 at Lowry High School.