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Traveling hoopsters excel

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The Truckee eighth grade boys’ basketball travel team recently participated in a number of tournaments and, despite playing against higher caliber teams, according to head coach Barry Galvin, came away with a 10-4 record and a tournament victory.

The team opened the season with a consolation championship in the Loyalton Tournament. J.R. Murphy and Brian McMullen were named to the all-tournament team.

Two weeks later at Quincy, the team defeated the hosting Quincy team in overtime before being defeated by a team from Paradise. Daniel Galvin led the Truckee team in the Quincy game with 20 points, including a three-pointer at the end of regulation to tie the score and another triple in overtime to claim the win.

The team next traveled to the Westwood Tournament in Susanville and opened with a come from behind overtime win against Janesville in the opening round. In a round-robin format, the Truckee squad finished in a three way tie for first place, finishing the tourney with a 3-1 record. Daniel Galvin and Murphy were named to the all-tournament team.

The season ended with a tournament in Richmond, where the Truckee squad again finished with the consolation title, with Daniel Galvin and McMullen being named to the all-tournament team.

Team members Marcus Waters and Michael Hackley led the team in rebounding and interior defense. Michael Long, Andrew Gordon and Chris Galvin provided additional scoring and defense.

“The kids really stepped up their level of play to compete against a higher level of competition,” Barry Galvin said. “The team earned hardware in every tourney. Our goal was to get these kids ready for the next level – high school basketball – and we accomplished our goal and had a great time doing it.”


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