Truckee basketball | Boys drop pair at Elko, Spring Creek
The Truckee boys dropped a pair of league games on the road this past weekend, falling 39-30 at Spring Creek on Friday and 65-35 at league-leading Elko on Saturday.
The Wolverines (2-12 league) led for much of the contest against Spring Creek (10-4) only to watch the lead slip away in the second half.
The Spartans struggled early, missing shot after shot, and were lucky that Truckee only capitalized to the tune of a 12-6 lead after the opening frame. Truckee led 19-16 at the half.
Spring Creek’s leading scorer for the last season and a half, Caden Gunnell, was held without a point in the game’s first 16 minutes. Gunnell found his way to the scoresheet with the first bucket of the second half, and the Spartans began to show more signs of life in the start of the third quarter, pulling even at 20-20 three minutes in.
The Spartans led by as many as five in the third frame, but Truckee closed out the quarter with a last-second three-pointer to cut the gap to 27-25.
Spring Creek got off to a strong start in the final frame, opening up a 10-point lead with the quarter’s first eight points.
Teagan Pado led Truckee with nine points, while Louden Smith contributed eight points and Nick Oberriter seven. Dustin Shafer led the Spartans with nine points.
The Indians, who improved to 14-0 in league and 21-2 overall, did not waste any time Saturday. They held Truckee to single digits in every quarter as they raced out to a 41-17 lead by the half.
Elko junior forward Nathan Klekas hit five 3-pointers, including one in the first minute of the game, on his way to 27 points. He had 12 in the first quarter.
Smith and Pado hit a couple of shots to break an Elko run, but the Indians responded with a 13-3 advantage to close out the first half. Klekas already had 22 points.
Spring Creek center Brian Pearson took over scoring the ball in the second half. The senior, who finished with 19 points, dunked on the first possession of the second half to bring the hometown fans to their feet.
Smith led Truckee with 15 points. Oberriter added nine.
Truckee hosts Dayton on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. before wrapping up its season at Fernley on Saturday.
— Information from Martin Harris and Blake Samanas of the Elko Daily Free Press.