Wolverines hitting their stride
Just about everything pointed to the Incline boys basketball team beating visiting Truckee Wednesday night.
Incline had the chance to get the No. 1 seed in next week’s zone tournament. Incline was on four days rest after playing five games in 10 days. Incline wanted to avenge its loss at Truckee earlier in the season.
But in the end, it was the Wolverines celebrating a 71-62 win ” and the Highlanders were the ones searching for answers.
“Overall, they might have a better record, but we’re the better the team, and we’ve proven that twice this season,” said Truckee senior Pat Galvin after the game.
Galvin led all scorers with 21 points ” and it was his personal 8-0 run in the third quarter than seemed to doom the Highlanders (18-7, 8-4 Northern 3A).
Both teams traded baskets in the first half, and Truckee (6-6 league) took a 31-29 halftime lead. The Wolverines, namely Galvin, came out firing in the third quarter, while Incline struggled. Truckee outscored Incline 25-14 in the third frame.
After Truckee went up 39-35, Galvin ” who connected on 8-of-10 shots from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range ” went on his run, as he sank two consecutive 3-pointers to give Truckee its first of many double-digit leads in the second half, 45-35. Galvin’s quick six points forced Incline coach Dan Schreiber to call his first timeout of the game.
The timeout didn’t seem to help Incline. After the Highlanders scored four quick points, Truckee went on an 11-0 run, highlighted by six more points from Galvin. Galvin finished the third quarter with 12 of Truckee’s 25 points, and the Wolverines took a 56-43 lead into the fourth quarter, after leading by as much as 17 in the third.
The teams traded baskets and free throws throughout the fourth, and as much as Inclined tried to extend the game with pressure defense and fouls in the final two minutes, Truckee answered with clutch free throws to seal the win.
“For our team, this was a big win. We needed this win,” said Galvin, who also grabbed 12 rebounds. “It was essential for us to come here and win. It’s a big momentum builder for us.”
The win was Truckee’s second over Incline this season, as the Wolverines enjoyed a 60-56 win on Jan. 9 at Truckee.
“For some reason, we match up well against (Incline),” said Truckee coach Steve Ames. “They’re quicker than us and taller than us, but we just seem to match up well with them.”
Senior forwards Nick Tennant and Kevin Wood, as well as junior Ryan Roberts, each had 12 points for the Wolverines, while senior Cody Wicks had nine points and a team-high 10 assists.
Incline was led by senior forward Dylan Hale, who had 25 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomores Michael Ceragioli (9 points), Micha Corneil (8 points) and Josh Dykstra (6 points) also scored.
The loss dropped Incline from a tie for first in the league to fourth place, as it doesn’t hold tiebreakers over Sparks or Yerington, who both have 8-4 league records after their respective games Wednesday night.
“They were just more physical,” Schreiber said about Truckee’s second half. “Rather than embracing it, we backed down. When you do that, they’re just going to take it to us harder and harder.”
Wednesday’s win was Truckee’s third in its last four games.
“We already clinched a playoff berth couple weeks ago, so our whole thing right now is to get better heading into playoffs,” Ames said. “We’re coming into our own now, and we’ve got momentum.”
The Wolverines close the regular season with home games against Spring Creek on Friday at 7 p.m. and Lowry on Saturday at 2 p.m.