Truckee basketball | Boys can’t keep pace with Incline
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8211; It took less than two minutes for the visiting Highlanders to steal the drama in Truckee’s must-win finale Friday night.
The defending 2A state champs stormed out to a 10-0 lead in the opening 1:57 and went on to dash the Wolverines’ playoff hopes with a 57-39 boys’ basketball victory.
Truckee, which finished 5-5 in the Mount Rose League, needed a win or a South Tahoe loss to earn the final 3A playoff seed from the MRL.
It didn’t happen, as the Vikings cruised to a 75-29 win against North Tahoe on Friday to finish with the same 5-5 league record. The Vikings held the tiebreaker over the Wolverines based on their upset win against Sparks last month.
The Highlanders, meanwhile, finished 8-2 to earn a share of the league title after going on to defeat visiting North Tahoe 86-46 on Saturday. They enter the Northern 2A regional tournament Thursday as the No. 1 seed.
Incline senior forward Patrick Howe began the early scoring barrage Friday with a bucket in the paint to start the game. Mitch Gerhing followed with another two points inside, and Matt Corneil drained back-to-back 3-pointers for a quick 10-0 lead, and a Truckee timeout.
The Wolverines struggled to find quality shots against the Highlanders’ zone defense the remainder of the half as Incline built a 15-8 lead by the end of the first quarter and 32-12 by the midway point.
and#8220;We knew coming in that they shoot the ball well,and#8221; said Truckee coach Angelo Tenorio. and#8220;We were hoping we could (limit their offense). But they moved the ball around well and shot it well. They’re hard to stop.and#8221;
The Wolverines used a 10-3 run at the start of the third quarter to pull to within 13 points, at 35-22, and again narrowed the lead to 13 on a couple of occasions in the fourth. But the Highlanders converted their free throws down the stretch and held their own on the boards to hold off any kind of serious comeback.
and#8220;They’re a lot like South Tahoe. They have one shooter,and#8221; said Incline coach Brian Broaddus, referring to Colin Christian, who led Truckee with 13 points on three 3-pointers. and#8220;We sat in a zone and tried to make it tough on them, and I thought they did a good job. Our bigs got a lot of boards. The kids were ready to play.and#8221;
Howe led all scorers with 23 points, converting 16 of his 21 free throws, while Corneil finished with 16 for the Highlanders. Ben Bolton chipped in nine points for Truckee and James DePew seven.
Truckee committed 15 fouls in the second half.
and#8220;We tried multiple defenses, everything, and nothing seemed to work,and#8221; Tenorio said.
Incline improved to 18-4 overall as Truckee finished the season at 14-10 in Tenorio’s first year.
In the girls’ game, Truckee cruised to a 48-23 win to wrap up a perfect 10-0 season in the Mount Rose League.
After a slow offensive start by both teams, the Wolverines led 13-6 after one quarter before pulling away for a 28-11 advantage by halftime.
Megan Shalvis scored a game-high 17 points for Truckee while Aleigh Krug contributed 11 points. Julianna Gordon led Incline with nine points and Tori McCunn, who was in foul trouble much of the contest, added six.
The top-seeded Wolverines (17-6 overall) of the MRL will host Elko, the second seed out of the Ruby Mountain League, on Friday at 5 p.m.
In other Northern Region playoff action, Spring Creek (No. 1 Ruby Mountain) hosts Fernley (No. 2 Lahontan) on Friday while Fallon (No. 1 Lahontan) hosts South Tahoe (No. 2 Mount Rose) on Saturday. Winners are re-seeded for the state championship tournament Feb. 25-26 in Las Vegas.