JV boys lose to Colfax 68-42 at home, girls beat Manogue | SierraSun.com

JV boys lose to Colfax 68-42 at home, girls beat Manogue

At practice, junior varsity boys’ basketball coach Jon Halvorson looks like he’s holding court.

Standing in the center of the Tahoe-Truckee High School gym, he is surrounded by his players, swarming in circles, running passing drills and sprinting at his command.

He keeps a watchful eye over the boys, who now stand at 2-2 for the season, having lost to Wooster and, most recently, Colfax, 68-42.

First half

In the first quarter of the game Tuesday, Dec. 16, Colfax led 23-12 over the Wolverines.

By the half, Colfax led 35-20.

In the first half, Truckee had eight defensive rebounds, three of which came from Peter Kennelly. Another three came from Mark Theil, who posted eight points in the first half.

Truckee also turned over the ball nine times in the first half.

Second half

The second half wasn’t much better for the boys.

At the end of the third quarter, Colfax led 52-32. In the end, Colfax took the win 68-42.

For the second half, the boys grabbed only four defensive rebounds and turned over the ball 10 times.

Truckee scoring was led by Theil, with 14.

Jessie Quintana scored eight, Kennelly had six, Robert Acevedo put up four, Andy Bergstrom had four, Jarret Bower also had four and Mike McClendon had two.

Working out over the holidays

Like the varsity boys, JV will not take much of a break for Christmas.

They’re working out most days this week and next in anticipation of a Manogue match-up on Jan. 30.

Halvorson is optimistic about the improvement he has seen in the squad since the beginning of the season.

“We did all right, actually,” Halvorson said at practice Monday. “The guys came a long way from previous games as far as knowing where they’re going.”

Halvorson said Colfax was simply a bigger, stronger team which controlled the boards better.

Missing starters at the beginning didn’t help either.

“I didn’t start our starting guys because they weren’t hustling a couple of days before that in practice, so that kind of hurt us in the first quarter, but hopefully they’ll pick it up and pull through for the team,” Halvorson said.

Halvorson said in the game the players were running offense with improved ability.

Now that he’s had two wins (against Incline and Loyalton) and two losses to evaluate his team, Halvorson is optimistic about the future.

“We’ve got a couple of good leaders on the team, we have guys who can score, so I’m not worried about being able to score points,” Halvorson said.

The teams weaknesses?

“We’re not working on intensity enough and, of course, the boards. We’re not rebounding well enough,” Halvorson said.

He is confident a little holiday practice will remedy that.

JV girls

The JV girls’ team defeated Manogue Tuesday, but due to the holiday, coach Jon Western could not be reached before press time.

Highlights of this game will be covered next week.

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