Dust Devils keep undefeated record intact against Truckee
It’s not by chance that the Dayton High boys basketball team is 15-0 in league play.
The Dust Devils again displayed their dominance in the Northern 3A by defeating host Truckee 55-38 on seniors’ night Wednesday.
“They’re good, but I don’t think they were 17 points better than us tonight,” said Truckee head coach Keith Crawford. “I thought that, as a team, we went away from what was keeping us in the game offensively. … We started playing selfish.”
The Wolverines (6-9, 10-12) were very much in the contest for the first 11 minutes, trailing 10-6 at the end of a hard-fought first quarter and pulling ahead 12-10 two minutes into the second. It was their only lead of the game, as the Dust Devils went on an 18-2 run to end the first half up 28-14.
“They don’t make many mistakes,” said Truckee senior Drew Stewart, who led the Wolverines offensively with eight points. “They’ve got bigger kids, and that kind of hurts us sometimes.”
Dayton indeed had the taller lineup, which is full of athletic players who can score from three-point land as proficiently as in the paint.
Truckee simply could not keep up with the Dust Devils and their rate of scoring. Numerous botched layups didn’t help the Wolverines’ cause, either, nor did their 12-of-31 free throws or the many sloppy passes that were intercepted and turned into Dayton points.
“Our decision-making needed to be better,” Crawford said.
Senior guards Gavin Novotny and Cole Froelich scored six and five points, respectively, in the losing effort, and several other Wolverines finished with single-digit totals.
With Truckee’s regular season concluding at Yerington on Friday ” game time is 7:30 p.m. ” there still remains a sliver of hope to earn the sixth and final playoff seed.
Incline (6-8) hosts Lowry (9-5) and Spring Creek (9-5) on Friday and Saturday. If Truckee wins at Yerington and Incline loses both of its last two, the Wolverines will take over the sixth seed. That is the only scenario that will land Truckee in the postseason tournament.
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