Truckee wins home opener against Virginia City
Success tasted sweeter than usual for the Truckee High School boys basketball team Wednesday as they rallied to victory in their home opener against Virginia City under the bright lights and colors of a brand new gymnasium.
The Wolverines defeated the Muckers 52-42 in a hard-fought game.
The first quarter got off to a fast start as both teams attacked the basket with well-executed plays. The scoring was close, but Virginia City kept ahead and the quarter closed with Truckee down by two at 15-17.
The Muckers dominated the beginning of the second quarter as sloppy Wolverine passing resulted in turnovers and easy points for Virginia City. Truckee regrouped midway through the quarter, starting with a clutch three pointer by Senior Guard Cody Wicks. Wicks’ shot became a turning point, leading Truckee to hit several more jumpers. The late quarter rally put Truckee ahead 31-25 at halftime.
Coming out of the half, the up-tempo game pace continued. But turnovers and bad passes plagued the offense of both teams, so not many shots dropped on either end of the court. When the third quarter ended only 15 total points had been scored by both teams in the quarter. Despite the missed opportunities, Truckee kept the upper hand, finishing the quarter leading by nine points.
Moving into the final quarter the offensive play picked up again. The Wolverines and the Muckers matched each other basket for basket including some hard-earned points by Truckee Senior Pat Galvin. When the game ended, the third quarter spread made the difference, as Truckee won by ten points, 52-42.
Truckee Head Coach Steve Ames was thrilled to take the home opener.
“It was a great win in the new gym,” said Ames. “Exciting to get this one.”
Overall, the Truckee win was a true team effort as the offense was evenly distributed. Four players contributed significant numbers including Junior Guard Ryan Roberts who led the scoring with 13 points.
Coach Ames recognized their hard work.
“They really hustled out there tonight,” said Ames, “I’m really proud of them.”
The Wolverines haven’t seen the last of the Muckers. The two teams play again next Monday in Virginia City. The next Truckee boys basketball home game is the following Friday against Wooster High School.
The Truckee Boys basketball team won their home opener under the lights and loudspeakers of a new gym Wednesday.
The gym has been a work in progress for the last two years as a faulty floor significantly delayed its opening day. There was no sign of any floor imperfections Wednesday, as a snarling wolverine painted at midcourt welcomed the fans.
Under the new lights, the Truckee basketball team drained several three pointers. And the crowd enjoyed the large shiny scoreboards, while cheering from clean, comfy bleachers.