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THS boys’ basketball splits weekend

Matt Riddle

After last weekend’s road trip, the THS boys’ basketball team came back to the Sierra to split its two games – Friday night, losing to North Tahoe in Tahoe City 74-54 and Saturday night, beating Yerington 58-50.

Playing in Tahoe City and competing with the crowd, the Wolverines, 4-6 (5-13 overall), minus team leader JR Murphy for the rest of the season due to a severe ankle sprain, couldn’t make much of an impact on the Lakers.

North Tahoe went up 17-9 at the end of the first quarter and would only double that lead in the second period, 37-21.

Truckee was able to control the ball on the court, but their shots weren’t falling. North Tahoe’s were.

In the third period, Truckee began to make a run and shortened the lead to 12, but later, the two rivals kept volleying the shots back and forth until the end.

Jamie Maehler had 15 points, going five of 13 from the field and five of eight from the free throw line. Jason Ames had 13 points and was seven of 10 from the line, and 3 of 6 from the field. Jason Hoopingarner led with six rebounds.

But Yerington found out the next day that Truckee had a little steam to blow off.

Truckee lost in Yerington 63-61 on Jan. 3 from a last second shot. The loss to North Tahoe only deepened the wound.

In the first two minutes, Truckee jumped ahead, 11-0, before Dayton could finally score a field goal.

After that, Yerington was able to keep up and even take a three-point lead in the middle of the second period, finishing the half up four, 36-40.

In the third period, Truckee brought out the defense again and limited the Lions to just four third period points to Truckee’s 13, going up 49-44.

Truckee was able to maintain that slim lead most of the game, then toward the end of regulation, Truckee was able to distance themselves through a foul and a technical. #22 got the nod and made the two shots for the foul and the next two for the technical.

That was the beginning of a seven-point play of sorts. After getting the ball back at midcourt, #00 answered again with a three-pointer with 7.3 seconds left.

The seven points put Truckee up comfortably 58-50.

Game, set, revenge.

Maehler dried up, hitting only one shot of eight from the field, but Ames was able to step up, getting 18 points and going six for 11 plus two steals and six of nine from the free throw line. A major bright spot was Paul Tierney’s free throw shooting, going perfect on six tries on the night, plus four steals.

They sit in fifth place in Northern 3A play, one game ahead of North Tahoe, 3-7 (5-11 overall), but three games back from 7-4 (11-10) Lowry.

Friday night, the Wolverines travel to play Right of Passage, 9-2 (13-5 overall), a team that beat the Wolverines in Truckee, 60-51 on Jan. 17. Saturday night, Bishop Manogue 9-1 (16-3 overall) comes to Truckee.


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