Truckee boys basketball: Wolverines’ comeback falls short against Wooster
December 9, 2009
TRUCKEE and#8212; The Wolverines fell one bucket short, 58-56, after launching a spirited fourth-quarter comeback against 4A Wooster on Tuesday night.
The loss dropped Truckee to 2-2 overall on the season.
and#8220;That’s one that got away,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Mike Hoehn, whose Wolverines outscored the Colts 20-11 in the final quarter. and#8220;It was right there for the taking. One or two extra stops and we would have had it.
and#8220;But the boys played their butts off. That’s the kind of effort I hope to get all year.and#8221;
Trailing 31-22 at the half and 45-36 after three quarters, the Wolverines stormed back with an 11-2 run to knot the score at 47 with 4:44 left on the clock.
Wooster answered with a basket before Truckee senior Tyler Ferris tied the game for the last time at 49 on a pair of free throws with 3:28 remaining in regulation.
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The Colts then held off the Wolverines down the stretch, building a 55-51 lead with 1:56 remaining before Truckee twice trimmed the lead back to a single point. Down by one, 57-56, in the final seconds, the Wolverines heaved a 3-pointer that missed badly on their final possession, and Wooster guard Alex Suponch went to the line and hit one free throw to seal the win.
and#8220;That comeback was what we were looking for,and#8221; Hoehn said. and#8220;We just couldn’t put anything up offensively in the first half. And it took us forever to figure them out defensively.and#8221;
Amid a cold-shooting start by both teams, Truckee held narrow leads on several occasions in the opening minutes before Wooster pulled ahead, 15-10, with a 7-0 run to end the first quarter.
Ferris, who scored a game-high 16 points, sparked a mini Truckee run at the start of the second quarter with several aggressive scoring drives, but the Colts responded with a couple of 3-pointers from their guards and layups from their big men to carry a nine-point lead into the half.
Truckee senior guard Matt Mehan contributed 13 points in the losing effort, while Ben Bolton added eight points and Nick Prodaniuk seven. Nate Hamill and James DePew each scored six for the Wolverines. Cody Griffith led Wooster with 14 points.
and#8220;Truckee is a good team,and#8221; said Wooster head coach Casey McCann. and#8220;We built a good lead and then started making mistakes, and against a good team, you can’t do that or they’re going to come back on you.and#8221;