Truckee boys storm back to beat Dayton
The Truckee High boys basketball team didn’t have to wait long for redemption.
Fresh off a 57-44 loss at Dayton this past Wednesday, the Wolverines (4-5) settled the score with a hard-earned, 59-55 overtime win over the visiting Dust Devils (6-2) on Saturday.
It was all about the second half for Truckee, which dug itself a 13-7 hole by the end of the first quarter and trailed 25-15 at the midway point.
“We were kind of getting back into old habits ” too much dribbling and not enough teamwork,” Truckee coach Steve Ames said of the first half. “We lost the ball so many times, we didn’t shoot a low percentage because we didn’t even get many shots off.”
A pep talk in the locker room apparently did the trick, as the Wolverines emerged a different team after Ames delivered a motivational speech about continuing to improve in their ongoing fight for a playoff berth.
“It was probably the best one half of basketball Truckee has played in a long time,” Ames said.
Picking up the pace on both the ends of the floor, the Wolverines scored 12 points to the Dust Devils’ five in the third quarter to pull to within 30-27. Truckee then took over the lead in the fourth quarter and held it until senior Pat Galvin was called for an intentional foul with less than a minute remaining in regulation. Dayton free throws sent the game to extra minutes.
In overtime, the Wolverines made two buckets while connecting on 10 of 15 free throws to pull out the comeback win.
“If they play that way, we can play with the best teams in the league,” Ames said, adding that his team’s lack of consistency has hurt its record.
Junior Ryan Roberts led the Wolverines in scoring with 16 points. He was followed by Cody Wicks with 12 points and Pat Galvin with eight.
On Friday, Truckee lost 58-45 at Yerington, which leads the Northern 3A with a 7-2 record. Wicks had 19 points and Roberts 11.
The Truckee High girls basketball team dropped a pair of league games this past weekend, losing 50-43 at Yerington on Friday and 57-42 at Dayton on Saturday.
Against Yerington, Truckee senior Lindsay Holt led the Wolverines in scoring with 12 points. Megan Shalvis chipped in 10 points and Breanne Busby eight.
Truckee is now 4-5 in league. Yerington is 7-2 and Dayton 6-2.
Busby led Truckee’s offense against Dayton, scoring a team-high 13 points.
Michelle Hoehn and Shalvis had nine points apiece.
“I’m not too worried. We’re right where we need to be,” Truckee coach Angelo Tenorio said. “We’re not getting blown out, so I’m happy with where we’re at, even though we’ve lost the last couple games.”
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