Boys’ hoops: Tough weekend for Truckee at Portola tourney |

Boys’ hoops: Tough weekend for Truckee at Portola tourney

The Truckee boys’ varsity basketball team has now dropped four straight non-league games after losing three at the Portola Tiger Classic Tournament this past weekend.

Senior Kevin Embertson led Truckee in scoring in Saturday’s losses to Quincy (75-65) and Loyalton (65-59, OT), combining for 26 points and 21 rebounds in the two games.

In Friday’s 73-62 loss to Portola, sophomore Drew Stewart netted 18 and Jamie Maehler added 14. Stewart had 12 points in the loss to Loyalton.

Truckee head coach Keith Crawford said he is not overly concerned, but the Wolverines will bring a 2-5 pre-league record into its Northern 3A opener at North Tahoe tonight (7:30 p.m. tip-off).

“It’s just a matter of getting my eight-man rotation to mesh,” Crawford said. “I told my guys after the Loyalton game on Saturday, ‘The preseason is over now. You had seven games to show me how you handle an adverse situation.’ And some guys just can’t. From here, it’s all about winning.”

The Wolverines split their regular season series with North Tahoe last year. North Tahoe (5-3) is coming off an uplifting 43-40 win over Rite of Passage ” last year’s 3A state champions ” in the Classic tournament. The Lakers went 2-1 in that tournament.

The junior varsity boys’ team did the opposite of their varsity counterparts, sweeping three games to win the Portola Tiger Classic Tournament.

In a 42-25 win over Quincy on Friday, Cory Hoehn led Truckee with 13 points. On Saturday morning, Truckee defeated Portola, 55-34. Hoehn scored 12 and Dylan Seacrest had 10.

Truckee wrapped up the tournament with a 41-18 win over Loyalton on Saturday afternoon. Paris Tenorio had 8 points and Seacrest and Jeremy Adams had 7.

Cole Froelich was voted Tournament MVP and Hoehn and Kyle Rinella were voted on the All Tournament Team. The Wolverines own a 5-2 preseason record and open their Northern 3A league schedule tonight at North Tahoe (4:30 p.m. tip-off).

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