Truckee basketball: Boys finish 1-2 in host tournament
Truckee is scheduled to play at Bear River on Tuesday and host league games against Elko on Friday at 6 p.m. and Spring Creek on Saturday at 1:30. Truckee’s girls host Bear River on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and play at Elko and Spring Creek on Friday and Saturday.
The host Truckee boys went 1-2 and finished fourth in the second annual Truckee Basketball Classic this past Thursday through Saturday.
The Wolverines opened the eight-team tournament with a 59-36 win over Pyramid Lake on Thursday. They followed with a 64-47 loss to tournament champion Lassen on Friday and ended the tournament with a 74-45 loss to Incline in the third-place game Saturday.
Lassen went 3-0 and defeated Colfax 60-52 in the championship.
“We’re a young team and have a lot to learn,” said first-year Truckee coach Tom Cruz. “(The tournament) was a great learning experience. We had some great takeaways and just have to keep growing.”
The Truckee-Incline game was competitive early, with four ties and five lead changes through the first quarter and a half.
The Highlanders — who were hungry for a win after giving up a 17-point third-quarter lead in 41-38 loss to Colfax the night before — took over midway through the second quarter. They ended the half on an 18-3 run and led 36-22 at the break.
After an evenly matched third quarter on the scoreboard, Incline outscored the hosts 25-9 in the final frame to pull away.
Four different Highlanders scored in double figures, led by Jon Cromer and Joey Stranzl’s 18 points apiece, Matt Cromer’s 11 points and Jackson Littletoßn’s 10 points.
Sophomore Gabe Cruz led Truckee with 12 points, while Jenner Tresan added nine points, and Justin Wadsworth and Jose Araiza each scored six.
Against Lassen, Cruz scored 10 points, Diego Abundiz had nine and Tresan eight. Abundiz put in a game-high 16 points against Pyramid Lake, Tresan added 11 points and Ben Miller nine.