Truckee basketball: Boys endure rough travel weekend
After Tuesday, Truckee’s boys are scheduled to play at Dayton on Friday and at Fallon next Tuesday, and will end the season with home games against Lowry on Feb. 12 and Fernley on Feb. 13. Truckee’s girls will make up the home game against Elko on Thursday at 6 p.m. before hitting the road for games at Dayton on Friday and Fallon next Tuesday. The Truckee girls are slated to end the regular season with three home games — versus Spring Creek on Feb. 10, Lowry on Feb. 12 and Fernley on Feb. 13.
The Truckee boys dropped their last two league games on the road, falling 78-30 at first-place Elko on Friday and 63-44 at Spring Creek on Saturday.
Truckee’s girls were scheduled to face both teams at home, but the games were postponed.
After a rough travel day on Interstate 80 — which was temporarily closed Friday, leaving the Truckee bus stranded in Battle Mountain for a couple of hours — the boys arrived in Elko to face the top team in the Northern Division I-A.
The Indians, who improved to 11-0 in league and 16-3 overall, jumped out to a 27-10 lead in the first quarter and extended the margin to 45-17 by the half.
Eric Klekas showed why he leads the Division I-A in scoring, as the junior guard went off for a game-high 28 points. He averages 22.8 a game, which is second among all divisions in the state.
Senior guard Diego Abundiz had the hot shooting hand for the Wolverines, finishing with 14 points. Kevin Cross added five points, while Gabe Cruz, Ben Miller, Justin Wadsworth, Jake Holmes and Ian Schmidig each had two.
Truckee played well early against Spring Creek, leading by only one point after one quarter and trailing by two at the half, 23-21. The Spartans took over in the third quarter, however, outscoring the Wolverines 23-10 en route to the 19-point win.
Cooper Cavaness and Jake Oliphant scored 13 points apiece to lead the hosts, and Ryan Knudsen had 12. Truckee stats were not available.
Both the Truckee boys (11-0 league) and girls (4-5) were scheduled to play at South Tahoe on Tuesday night.