Truckee basketball: Boys fall short against Fernley after upsetting Sparks
The Wolverines could not keep Fernley off the free-throw line Saturday, and it caught up with them in the end.
The visiting Vaqueros made 26 of 37 free throws in the game and outscored Truckee 41-23 in the second half en route to a 65-50 league win.
“The difference in the game was that we fouled them too much,” said Truckee head coach Mike Hoehn, whose Wolverines fell to 2-2 in league play after defeating first-place Sparks the previous night.
Fernley senior Jace Gledhill took full advantage of the fouls, converting 11 of his 15 free-throw attempts while tallying a game-high 27 points to help lead his team to its first league win (1-3).
Sophomore Ben Bolton led the Wolverines with 12 points, sinking two 3-pointers. Matt Mehan had 10 points and Matt Hoehn nine points.
The game, hard-fought from the opening whistle, remained close through three-and-a-half quarters, with Truckee taking a 27-24 lead into the half.
With the score knotted at 30 midway through the third, Fernley freshman Cade Knutson, who finished with 22 points, popped a 3-pointer from the left side, then followed with another 3 from the right corner on the following possession to put the Vaqueros up by six.
Truckee never regained the lead as the Vaqueros steadily pulled away down the stretch.
Friday was a different story, as the Wolverines defeated first-place Sparks 56-53 on the road to hand the Railroaders (3-1) their first league loss.
Mehan led Truckee with 14 points, while Jon Ford and Bolton each had 10 points in the back-and-forth contest.
Truckee trailed 17-13 after one quarter and led 42-37 entering the fourth. The game was tied 23-23 at the half.
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