Truckee basketball: Boys’ lead slips away in second half vs. Spring Creek | SierraSun.com

Truckee basketball: Boys’ lead slips away in second half vs. Spring Creek

Sylas Wright
swright@sierrasun.com

TRUCKEE — Truckee's boys left their home gym with plenty of reasons to be optimistic Saturday.

Although the Wolverines fell short on the scoreboard, 50-44, they stormed back from an early deficit and challenged visiting Spring Creek in both teams' league openers — only to fall short in the second half.

Truckee's play was a marked improvement over its three previous games, when the team was outscored by a combined 79 points.

"Absolutely. We're super pumped about our performance for three and a half quarters," said first-year Truckee coach Tom Cruz. "Spring Creek is a good team, and I thought our boys played with a lot of heart."

After falling behind 12-2 in the opening minutes, the Wolverines came back with the help of back-to-back three-pointers by sophomore Gabe Cruz to take a one-point lead by the end of the first quarter, 19-18.

Truckee maintained its momentum into the second quarter and carried a 30-24 lead into the half.

Recommended Stories For You

Things slowly unraveled from there, however, as the Spartans picked up their defensive pressure and outscored the hosts 15-6 in the third quarter and 11-8 in the fourth to pull away for the six-point win.

"I thought we handled their pressure a lot better (than previous games) and showed more composure. We're still not all the way there. We had some turnovers. We have a young team and will get better every game," coach Cruz said.

Senior guard Ryan Knudsen was the difference-maker for Spring Creek. Knudsen finished with a game-high 25 points, including four three-pointers and a 9-for-13 performance from the free-throw line. He also had a game-high seven steals, several of which came late in the contest.

Cruz hit three three-pointers en route to a team-high 15 points, while Ben Miller posted seven points, Jenner Tresan and Justin Wadsworth each had six, and Diego Abundiz had four.

Up next

Truckee’s boys are scheduled to compete in the Vacaville Christian Tournament this weekend before a long Christmas break. The Wolverines are scheduled to host Sparks on Jan. 2.