Boys 4-4 after Bishop-Manogue tourney; Logan out for a month
Last week, the Tahoe-Truckee High School boys’ basketball team toppled two formidable Nevada teams while it held its own in losses against another two, despite the temporary loss of junior guard Mark Logan.
On Dec. 8, Truckee was edged out by Whittell 57-55 at home.
“We were better than them,” said head coach Dennis LeBlanc. “But this was our first game without Logan and we were adjusting at that point.”
Logan sustained a fractured wrist when he went up for a dunk in the Quincy tournament and a Fallon player undercut him.
Logan then fell on his wrist and was injured.
LeBlanc said Logan will be in a cast for another four weeks, which puts him back in condition to play in the league opener Jan. 8 against Battle Mountain at Truckee.
In the loss to Whittell, Cody Haas scored 18 points, Mark Thiel scored 13 and Taylor Greene scored 12.
“We balanced out our scoring pretty well,” said LeBlanc. “The problem was that we had 18 turnovers in the first half.”
On Dec. 10 at the Manogue tournament, Truckee pulled off a hard-fought 68-61 victory against Yerrington.
But foul trouble and turnovers plagued the Wolverines, who were still adjusting to the loss of Logan.
“It’s always tough when you lose a starter, but we’re trying to look at it in a positive light that this will allow some of the other kids to step up and get some playing time in,” LeBlanc said. “Hopefully, it will make us better in the long run.”
Throughout the game, the score went back and forth, with Yerrington leading by two with minutes left to play.
But Yerrington found itself in foul trouble, as well, and Haas, who led with 19 points, was good for a free throw followed by a breakaway run in the final seconds which netted Truckee two.
Thiel scored 15 points and Greene 11 against Yerrington.
On Friday, Truckee, hoping to advance to the finals, played a tough Wooster squad and fell 89-68.
Despite the wider margin of victory, it was another close one, with Wooster finding its second wind and going on a 20-0 tear, demolishing Truckee’s chances.
“Other than that, we played them pretty evenly,” LeBlanc said.
Still, Haas managed 22 points while Greene had 18.
On Saturday, Truckee played for the third-place spot and defeated Spring Creek 58-48.
“The kids played well and did a good job,” LeBlanc said. “We’re getting pretty balanced scoring now.”
Haas scored 19, Thiel scored 15 and Greene had 11.
“I am very happy with the hustle and the intensity the kids are playing with.”
Truckee traveled to Colfax Tuesday and took on Incline at home yesterday, but results were not available at press time.
The Wolverines will play in the Forest Lake Tournament near Auburn this weekend, a four team format tournament.
The Wolverines are 4-4 this season.
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