Truckee basketball: Boys fall to perennial power Indians
The Truckee boys are scheduled to host league games against Sparks on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and South Tahoe on Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 7:30 p.m.
TRUCKEE — The Elko boys are simply on a different level than the average Division I-A basketball team.
Truckee learned that lesson the hard way Tuesday, as the four-time defending league champs put on a clinic at both ends of the floor en route to a 72-36 win.
With a scant crowd on hand for the makeup game — rescheduled from Dec. 11 due to snow — the visiting Indians jumped out to a 12-0 lead before sophomore guard Gabe Cruz put Truckee on the board more than five minutes into the contest.
Elko continued its impressive display until the waning minutes, extending its lead to 18-3 by the end of the first quarter, 39-11 by half and 62-22 by the start of the fourth. Officials went to a running clock around the two-minute mark of the third quarter.
To Truckee’s credit, the hosts played hard from the opening jump till the final buzzer.
Senior guard Jenner Tresan was particularly sharp despite Elko’s smothering defensive pressure. Tresan finished with a game-high 17 points as he knifed through Elko’s zone on multiple occasions and converted runners in the paint, and drained three shots from behind the three-point arc.
Cruz worked through early foul trouble to finish with 12 points, including two three-pointers, while Kevin Cross and Airon Yarbrough each contributed three points.
Junior forward Kyrin Allen — a state champion high jumper and first-team All-State tight end in football — was a force in the post for the Indians. He matched junior teammate Eric Klekas’ 16 points while throwing down three dunks, one with two hands as he effortlessly soared above the rim. Klekas scored all 16 of his points in the first half and sank four of Elko’s 11 three-pointers in the game.
Elko improved to 1-0 in Northern Division I-A play and 5-2 overall, with both losses coming against large schools in the West High Tournament in Salt Lake City. Truckee is 0-2 in league and 2-8 overall.