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Truckee basketball | Boys can’t keep pace with visiting Vikings

Sylas Wright
swright@sierrasun.com
Truckee senior Matt Bush scraps for a loose ball under the basket during Tuesday's game against South Tahoe. The Wolverines lost 62-45.
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Truckee is scheduled to host a nonleague game against Hug on Dec. 29 and travel to Fallon on Jan. 2.

About three minutes after tipoff, the Wolverines were in trouble.

The visiting South Tahoe boys basketball team used its size advantage and quickness to dominate the first half of Tuesday’s league opener and cruise to a 62-45 win.

“That loss was especially painful,” said Truckee coach Sky Nelson. “The game was basically lost in the first and second quarters. They flat took it to us.”

From the start the Vikings employed a smothering full-court man-to-man press that made life difficult for the Wolverines. While Truckee struggled to get the ball up court, much less find a quality shot, South Tahoe scored the first nine points of the game and outscored the hosts 13-4 in the first quarter.

“We played the press OK,” said South Tahoe coach Joby Cefalu. “We try to switch things up. Tonight we were jumping the ball well.”

The Vikings maintained their high level of intensity in the second quarter. They opened the frame with a 3-pointer by Denzel Perez and, after a fast-break layup by Truckee senior Nick Oberriter, went on an 8-1 run to extend their lead to 25-7.

“We had a lot of guys not doing their jobs,” Nelson said. “When you get guys out of position, it makes everyone else look out of position too.”

The Wolverines did not help their cause at the free throw line, as they made only three of their eight attempts in the second quarter and were 8-of-17 in the game. Meanwhile, South Tahoe finished 14-of-19 from the line.

After entering the break trailing 29-13, Truckee managed to break the press with more ease in the second half, resulting in numerous fast-break opportunities. But the Wolverines could not get the stops they needed on the defensive end, and the Vikings carried a cozy 47-27 lead into the fourth quarter.

With the outcome already determined, Truckee outscored South Tahoe 17-15 in the fourth.

“I thought we were a little sloppy, actually. We let them get a lot of easy layups,” Cefalu said. “We’re still trying to find ourselves. But getting that first league win is a nice thing.”

South Tahoe senior center Tyler Hogbin controlled the post and finished with a game-high 15 points. Perez added 13 points for the Vikings, with three 3-pointers, and Harry Moses-Chakmakis scored 11.

Oberriter led the Wolverines with 13 points, Chase Vankirk contributed 10 points and Ryan Schildge had nine.

Truckee fell to 0-1 in the Northern Division I-A and 1-4 overall while South Tahoe improved to 1-0 in league and 3-2 overall. The league foes meet again in South Lake Tahoe on Jan. 24.