Truckee boys pull off win in final seconds
Within a four-second span, the visiting Truckee High basketball team stole the ball and then the game against 4A Wooster on Tuesday.
Trailing 49-48 with four ticks on the clock, Truckee senior Keven Sahlberg knocked the inbound pass out of an opponent’s hands and straight to teammate Cody Wicks, who collectedly banked home a layup to seal a hard-earned 50-49 win.
While Sahlberg and Wicks teamed up for the winning bucket, senior Pat Galvin stood out as the player of the game, said Truckee coach Steve Ames.
Galvin, a 6-foot-3 post player, scored 21 points, 11 of which he saved for fourth-quarter crunch time. In addition to his team-high point total, Galvin hoarded 10 rebounds and collected a pair of blocks and steals.
“Pat Galvin was a stud,” Ames said. “He rebounded and battled with those big guys pretty good. He’s always been a good outside shooter, but he’s improved his inside game, which really helps us.”
Such a effective inside presence was especially helpful against Wooster, as Ames said about a half dozen Colts players were dunking during pregame warm-up.
Wooster built a double-digit lead on several occasions, leading by as many as 12 points with five minutes remaining in the game. But the Wolverines steadily chipped away at the lead, stopping the clock with fouls at every opportunity.
Truckee also ran a new spread offense, Ames said ” one that “promotes passing” ” in an effort to improve on its team play. It worked.
“It’s the first time we really played together,” said Ames, whose team improved to 2-1 with the win.
Starting in place of Nick Tennant, who injured his knee early in the week, Kevin Wood also posted a double-double, scoring 10 points and hauling in 11 rebounds.
Sahlberg had eight points, Wicks six, Ryan Roberts two and Matt Mehan two.
Ames said senior Flynn Rice inured his knee during the game. His return, as well as Tennant’s, is questionable, the coach said.