Logan leads charge to fourth division victory
Friday night at the Tahoe-Truckee gymnasium, the Wolverines’ boys’ varsity basketball team prevailed over the Fernley Vacqueros, 77-74. The Division I game featured 10 lead changes, more than 75 free throw attempts and dominant performances from each team’s number 33.
Mark Logan, Truckee’s number 33, had 16 fourth quarter points, contributing to his game-high total of 30 points. Fernley’s Tyler Selden (number 33) had 29 points and made nine of the 10 go-ahead shots for the Vacqueros.
Truckee dominated the first five minutes of the game. Led by Mark Thiel, who had nine points in the quarter, the Wolverines took a 17-6 lead. After a time-out call by Fernley, the Vacqueros held the Wolverines to only two points in the closing minutes of the quarter and finished trailing by five, 19-14.
“I thought we came out and got a good start, but when they called the timeout, we seemed to lose focus on what we were trying to do,” Truckee Head Coach Mike Gray said. “We let them back in the game. When you get a team down, you’re supposed to keep it down.”
Selden had seven unanswered points in the second quarter, including a four-point play that gave the Vacqueros their first lead of the game. Fernley extended the lead to 34-26 but finished the half tied with Truckee, 34-34.
The Wolverines made two of 12 attempts at the free-throw line in the third quarter and were trailing the Vacqueros 50-49 at the start of the fourth. Truckee had 52 free-throw attempts in the game and made 23 (44 percent).
In the fourth quarter, the game boiled down to Logan.
As the minutes ticked down, the defensive strategy of excessive fouling came into effect and the Fernley team had difficulty catching anyone other than Logan with the ball. Logan made eight of nine attempts at the line.
So efficient was Logan that when he received the ball on an inbound pass with 52 seconds remaining in the game (Fernley trailing by seven points) Selden screamed to his teammates “don’t foul him,” and Logan made a break for midcourt. The Vacqueros lost more than 10 seconds on the play, and Logan still ended up at the foul line.
“I think Logan played the best game that I’ve seen him play,” Gray said, “and I’ve seen him play a lot of games. He’s supposed to play like that, it’s his job. Good players step up.”
Thiel finished the game with a double-double, scoring 20 points and pulling down 16 rebounds, but made only two of 13 attempts at the free-throw line.
Carson Specht scored 10 points for the Wolverines with Peter Kenelly knocking down eight points.
“The team showed a lot of character,” Gray said. “When it was time to win the game, they figured out a way and won.”
The Wolverines (13-6, 4-0) maintain first place in the Division with the Rite of Passage Rams in second place.
“I keep telling the players,” Gray said, “the best team in the state is in our gym.”
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