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Boys advance to state; TTHS faces Boulder City

JAMES BALL

Coming off a win over rival North Tahoe in zone play Friday night, the Tahoe-Truckee High School boys’ basketball team is headed for state, having already advanced farther this year than it did in 1997.

But the team’s toughest battle may lie ahead of it in Reno.

At Spring Creek Feb. 20, the boys’ team soundly defeated North Tahoe 64-51 after having lost to the Lakers three times in a row this season.

“The odds were with us,” said head coach Mike Flohr, who has led the Wolverines to 4-6 in league play.

Advancing to the next round Saturday, the team fell 80-69 to Spring Creek.

“They’re strong, they’re bigger and they pushed us around,” said Flohr about the Spring Creek team.

The win was good enough to seed Truckee at No. 2 in division one, and pit it against Boulder City in state playoffs beginning at 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Lawlor Events Center in Reno.

History

At this time last year, the boys’ team, then headed up by present girls’ coach Mike Merriman, was eliminated in zone play against Fernley, 64-43.

In contrast, this year the team, along with Merriman’s girls’ squad, advances to state.

Boulder City sports an impressive 6-2 league record.

Still, it is a young team.

Boulder City’s highest scorer is junior David Murtha, who averages 18.5 points per game.

With the return of Truckee’s Cody Haas, who has averaged 20.5 points per game since coming off his knee sprain only three weeks ago, the senior-heavy TTHS squad may have a slight advantage in maturity.

“At any given time we can put a really good game together,” said Flohr. “Conversely, we can put a bad game together, but the same is true for Boulder City.”

Should the boys put Boulder City away, they will face off against the winner of the Moapa Valley/Pershing County game.

A loss would eliminate Truckee from the championship.

Zone details

In the Truckee/North Tahoe zone playoff game Friday, Taylor Greene scored 20 points, Haas had 19 and Mark Logan put up 10.

By the quarters, Truckee led three of four and tied at 9-9 in the third.

In Saturday’s Spring Creek game, Haas led the Wolverines with 22 points, while Logan scored 16 and Greene 15.

“We did not contain (Spring Creek’s) Shawn Forsberg,” said Flohr. “We didn’t press him that much and he got eight layups. Our defense was bad; inexcusably bad.”

offense,with the team but said the end of the season is not the time to put a new game together.

“We’ll just keep working on the things we do and hopefully we’ll be ready to go,” Flohr said.

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