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Boys’ basketball team puts the hurt on Lakers

JAMES BALL, Sierra Sun

For the first time since the state championship game in February last year, the Tahoe-Truckee High School boys’ basketball team faced the North Tahoe Lakers; and this time it didn’t take two overtimes for Truckee to win.

In a 68-57 Truckee victory, the story would seem to be Mark Logan’s 29 points or Cody Hass’s 14 points but, even more impressive was the fact Truckee shooters hit 23 of 29 free throws, 17 of which came in the fourth period.

Truckee coach Dennis LeBlanc said North Tahoe’s foul trouble came as a result of the Lakers trying to regain possession.

“We were going to the line a lot and making the shots,” LeBlanc said. “This one was a biggie, because they were coming in fired up from the state game, so it was big for us to win that one.”

Loss to Fernley

On Friday, the boys weren’t so lucky, losing 48-44 to Fernley on the road.

Though Fernley entered the game with a 2-12 record, LeBlanc complimented their athleticism and defense.

“They went in a triangle and two defense and put one guy on Logan and another on Haas and they stuck with them all over the court,” LeBlanc said, adding, “We had worked on that and knew it would happen more and more. We just didn’t react well to the pressure.”

The problem, LeBlanc said, is that, besides Logan and Haas, Truckee had three other players on the court who didn’t rise to the occasion.

“Our offense should have worked against it, but I give Fernley the credit because they prevented us from doing it,” LeBlanc said.

Truckee faced ROP at home Tuesday, but results were not available at press time.

On Saturday, Truckee will travel to Whittell, which LeBlanc called “revenge for us.”

In early December, Whittell beat Truckee in the TTHS gym.

“We should not have lost that one. We’re going to do our best to show them they’re not better than we are.”

Looking toward the end of the season, Truckee has a single goal: “We would like to win Div. 1 because we want to host,” LeBlanc said.

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