Truckee boys storm back for comeback win
You live by the 3, you die by the 3.
The old basketball adage summarizes the downfall of the Incline High boys basketball team Wednesday night, as host Truckee stormed back in the second half to pull out an impressive 60-56 win.
The Highlanders (1-1 league), who lived comfortably on their sharp shooting from outside in the opening half, went cold in the third quarter and never recovered as the Wolverines (1-0) overcame a 33-24 halftime deficit to win their league opener.
“I’m extremely happy with that win,” Truckee coach Steve Ames said. “I thought it would be a good barometer to see where we are and how we compared with the league.”
So far so good, as Incline and Yerington ” which fell to the Highlanders last week ” were considered the teams to beat by many in the Northern 3A.
“We came out knowing that they were the top-seeded team, and we wanted to show the rest of the league what we have, too,” said Pat Galvin, a senior post player whose clutch play proved instrumental in the win.
Due to inclement weather the past several weeks, the game marked the first competitive action the Wolverines have seen since hosting Wooster on Dec. 14. They did not appear to miss a step.
“We did a good job of being patient, making sure we took shots that were high percentage,” said junior guard Ryan Roberts. “Other than that, we just came out in the zone (after halftime). And I just think we wanted it more.”
Incline coach Dan Schreiber gave the Wolverines their due credit, but was quick to point out that his team did not play up to his standards.
“They’re a good team, we just didn’t come to play. We did nothing right,” Schreiber said. “It was just a calamity of errors that dominoed all game long. We were playing catch-up all night.”
Actually, both teams had their moments of catch-up, as the Highlanders built a lead of nine points by the end of the second quarter. On the other side, the Wolverines led by as many as 10 midway through the fourth as shot after shot clanked off the rim for Incline.
It wasn’t until the final seconds of the third quarter that Truckee captured the lead, however, tying the score at 38 on a Roberts layup before taking a 41-40 lead when Galvin drained a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left in the quarter.
Galvin contributed eight consecutive points during a 12-0 Truckee run between the end of the third and start of the fourth ” about the time when the game became physical, as Truckee committed two technical fouls and Incline one within a short span.
By the time Incline sophomore Josh Dykstra laid up a bucket in the paint, Truckee had extended its lead to 50-42 as the Highlanders failed to connect from outside. At the same time, the speedy Wolverines stepped up their defensive pressure while their big men ” Galvin, Cody Wicks, Nick Tennant, Kevin Wood and Flynn Rice ” began controlling the boards.
“Truckee dominated the rebounds,” Schreiber said. “We had a couple moments where some individuals stepped up with some key performances, but team-wise we did not play well.”
One of those players who stepped up was Dykstra, who remained Incline’s most consistent player in the paint and finished with 16 points and six rebounds. Guard Michael Ceragioli also had a big game for the Highlanders, finishing with 18 points on five 3-pointers.
For Truckee, Wicks led the way offensively, posting 18 points and eight rebounds, while Galvin had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Wood also was a force in the paint, scoring eight points and snatching 11 rebounds.
With less than a minute remaining in the fourth, Incline heated up from beyond the arc, as Ceragioli popped two 3-pointers and Corneil one. But it was too little too late.
Truckee plays at Fernley on Friday at 7 p.m.
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