Loss on seniors’ night ends varsity boys’ season
The varsity boys’ basketball season screeched to a halt on seniors’ night Saturday.
While postseason hopes remained alive after the 62-40 rout at the hand of visiting Dayton, Incline’s win over Sparks later that evening put Truckee’s playoff berth to rest. (Incline, which Truckee beat in both meetings this season, finished at 7-9 in league while Truckee went 6-10.)
For the Wolverines, Saturday’s game was a bad one to end on.
“That was the ugliest I’ve seen us play all year. The ugliest,” Truckee head coach Keith Crawford said. “It seemed like (the Dust Devils) were just three or four steps faster than us today.”
It did seem that way. Minus the pro-Wolverines signs dotting the walls of the gym, it also seemed like Dayton could have been the home team, with a vocal fan section that had ample opportunity to cheer.
Possibly the best opportunity for Dust Devil supporters came early in the first quarter, when one of its big men stole the ball, drove down an empty backcourt and threw down a two-handed dunk.
“You hate to see that happen in your own gym,” Steve Ames, Truckee’s JV football coach, said from the stands as the visitors hollered and pumped fists in excitement.
The steal that led to the dunk was one of seven in the opening two and a half minutes for the Dust Devils. Those seven steals resulted in 14 points.
“We dug ourselves a hole early,” Crawford said … “We just didn’t match their level of play. I give Dayton credit, though. They showed why they’re the No. 1 team in the league.”
Truckee (6-10, 11-12) lost to Dayton (14-2, 20-6) 68-67 in overtime in the teams’ only other meeting this season, on Jan. 13. In that game the Wolverines’ had their second-leading scorer, senior guard Brandon Peterson.
Peterson watched Saturday’s game from the bench, in street cloths because he missed school Friday. (Rules state that a player who misses school on a game day cannot play in a game the same day. Peterson played against Incline Friday, the day he missed school, and was thus penalized on Saturday.)
After falling behind by 15 in the first quarter, the Wolverines put together a run of their own, outscoring the Dust Devils 12-2 to bring the score back to 22-17.
Dayton then went on to outscore Truckee 11-3 to end the half with a 33-20 lead.
The Dust Devils extended their lead in the third quarter to 53-29, hitting more outside shots than Truckee, making their layups while the Wolverines missed theirs and crashing the boards more consistently.
It was just a rough night for the Wolverines.
About Truckee’s morale after the loss: “It’s pretty low,” senior guard John Hooper said. “It was high last night (Friday after beating Incline). But after getting beat that bad … it was an embarrassing senior night.”
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Students frustrated at the cancellation of sports waved signs and delivered speeches at a Truckee High School protest in an attempt to return to the field this year.