Prep basketball | Truckee boys press past North Tahoe |

Prep basketball | Truckee boys press past North Tahoe

Sylas Wright / Sierra SunNorth Tahoe's Erik Garcia and Raul Alonzo swarm Truckee's Zac Pettit during the first half of Tuesday's game. Truckee pulled away in the second half for the win.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; North Tahoe junior forward Colin Spencer needed only one word to summarize the difference between the first and second half of Tuesday’s home game against Truckee.

and#8220;Turnovers,and#8221; he said.

The Lakers gave their old rival all they could handle through two quarters of play, but the Wolverines picked up their intensity after the half with a full-court press that led to repeated turnovers en route to a 67-38 Mount Rose League win.

and#8220;We just came out flat, not ready to play. But we picked it up defensively in the second half and started fast-breaking on them,and#8221; said Truckee senior Trent McMullen, who scored a game-high 16 points, including two on a dunk in transition just before the break. and#8220;We just started playing basketball and having fun together.and#8221;

North Tahoe led by as many as four points, 23-19, late in the second quarter before Truckee closed out the half on a 7-0 run to take a 26-23 lead into the locker room.

The Wolverines carried that momentum into the third quarter, which they began with another 6-0 run to extend the lead to 32-25 after 13 unanswered points.

North Tahoe senior post Brendon Arnold put an end to streak with two of his team-high 12 points. The rout was already on, though. Truckee junior David Burnham followed with an outside jumper, and McMullen, Graham Millie and Adam Morgan all scored off of steals for a 40-25 lead midway through the third.

and#8220;We just seemed out of sync in the second half,and#8221; said North Tahoe head coach Dan Rosenfield, whose team committed 34 turnovers in the game. and#8220;We have to take better care of the ball, and our shot selection has to be better. We didn’t execute well.

and#8220;We were able to slow them down in the first half,and#8221; the coach continued. and#8220;We were closer with them in rebounds in the first half, but in the second half I thought they were just quicker and longer. They’re a good team.and#8221;

The Lakers held their own early. After falling behind 5-0, they buckled down defensively while receiving offensive contributions from Arnold, Alex Tyler, Raul Alonzo and Spencer, who ended the quarter with a basket to pull to within one point, 9-8.

Early in the second quarter, Tyler nailed a wide-open three to give the Lakers their first lead at 11-10. Freshman Mitchell Myers followed with an offensive rebound putback, and a 13-10 Laker lead. But Truckee senior forward Max Blinoff scored in the paint and Trevor Mort hit a free throw to knot the score into one of five ties in the quarter.

North Tahoe took its largest lead when Arnold scored on a nice entry pass in the final minutes of the half. McMullen then drained a shot from outside, Millie stole a pass in the backcourt and converted a layup, McMullen stole it and dunked it, and Nash McMullen made one free throw after yet another steal.

And the Lakers never recovered.

and#8220;Once we got the fast breaks off of the turnovers, I think that changed the pace of the game,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Angelo Tenorio, who complimented North Tahoe’s play in the first half.

and#8220;They did a tremendous job,and#8221; he said. and#8220;They played with a lot of heart and passion. They wanted to prove that they can play with us, and they did.and#8221;

Millie scored nine points, while Clayton O’Connell and Morgan each had eight. Tyler had nine points for the Lakers and Eduardo Rodriguez had seven.

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