Dayton shoots down Truckee in title contest
DAYTON A win is always nice, especially when it comes in the championship game of your own tournament.At this time of any basketball season improvement is more important to coaches, which gave T.W. Cunningham all the more reason to smile late Saturday afternoon after the Dayton High boys basketball teams 56-38 victory against Truckee in the Sutro Classic championship game.We finally played four quarters, Cunningham said. We started out strong (on Thursday), then we finished strong last night. Today, I thought we were solid start to finish.Mike Vincent scored 15 points, Erik Hopper 13 and Jacob Jones 11 as the Dust Devils successfully defended their tournament championship in a game that saw a total of 61 fouls whistled.Free throws were the difference, since each team connected on 11 field goals. Dayton shot 33-for-54 from the line and Truckee shot 14-for-27. Truckee coach Keith Crawford wasnt disappointed with the effort from his Wolverines. This wasnt a 20-point loss. The final score doesnt reflect how the game was played, he said. Well learn from this. We have two days of practice to get ready for North Tahoe and then we come back down here in two weeks for a league game.The league games are the ones that count, and these two teams figure to be in the playoff hunt come February.This was a good win, Cunningham said. It was for the tournament championship, and thats (Truckee) one of the better teams in our league.Pat Galvin scored 11 points and Gavin Novotny added eight to lead Truckee offensively. Both players were selected to the all-tournament team.The Wolverines, called for 37 personal fouls, lost a key inside presence when 6-foot-4 senior Cory Hoehn drew two fouls early in the first quarter and two more shortly before halftime. He fouled out early in the third.We were never able to get into a rhythm,Crawford said, referring to the fouls.Truckee only trailed 35-27 at the end of the third quarter after Drew Stewart knocked down a shot from the right corner, assisted by Ryan Roberts. Then Roberts sank a pair of free throws to make it 35-29 to start the fourth. On Friday, a 30-point second quarter surge lifted Truckee to a 78-57 semifinal win against Fernley.Galvin scored 16, Stewart 12, Hoehn 11, Cody Wicks and Novotny 10 each to lead the Wolverines.Fernley led 16-11 after one quarter before Truckee came back to take a 41-27 lead at the intermission. Eight different players scored for Truckee in the second quarter.
DAYTON 56, TRUCKEE 38Truckee (3-1): Rinella 1 1-2 3, Roberts 1 2-3 4, Novotny 2 3-4 8, Cordell 0 1-4 1, Stewart 2 3-7 7, Tennant 0 0-2 0, Galvin 4 2-3 11, Wicks 1 2-2 4, Totals 11 14-27 38.Dayton (3-0): Wood 2 4-7 8, Yeater 1 3-4 5, Trigueros 0 1-2 1, Jones 0 11-18 11, Hopper 3 6-8 13, Meyer 0 3-4 3, Vincent 5 5-5 15, Reyna 0 0-4 0, Totals 11 33-54 56.3-point goals: Truckee 2 (Novotny, Galvin); Dayton 1 (Hopper). Team fouls: Truckee 37, Dayton 24.
North Tahoe at Truckee Wednesday, 6 p.m. varsity girls, 7:30 boys
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