Truckee basketball | Boys’ late comeback falls short vs. Incline |

Truckee basketball | Boys’ late comeback falls short vs. Incline

Sylas Wright / Sierra SunTruckee's Trent McMullen and Incline's Max Osborne reach for the opening tip-off Tuesday. Neither of them touched the ball, and the referee had to redo the toss. Incline won the game 49-47.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; On an ugly scale from 1 to 10, the Incline boys’ win at Truckee on Tuesday ranked somewhere in the neighborhood of a 7.

and#8220;That was about the ugliest win we could have had,and#8221; said Incline head coach Brian Broaddus, whose Highlanders kept their league winning streak intact with a 49-47, defensive victory against the Wolverines and#8212; their second of the season.

Truckee led for the majority of the first half before Incline took control in the third quarter and then had to fend off a late comeback by the Wolverines in the final minutes.

Leading 46-35 with about 2 minutes remaining, Incline could have iced the game had it converted a better percentage of free throws down the stretch, when Truckee repeatedly fouled to stop the clock. But the Highlanders connected on just six of its 19 attempts in the game from the charity stripe, which allowed the Wolverines to shave the final margin to two points after Nash McMullen hit a three before the final buzzer sounded.

and#8220;We were making shots in the beginning, but in the second half we struggled with our shot,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Angelo Tenorio. and#8220;Incline did a good job. They were making their shots. We didn’t take care of the ball as well as we should have either, and that hurt us.and#8221;

The Wolverines started with a hot shooting hand, as they jumped out to a 14-5 lead with the help of a couple of three-pointers and#8212; David Burnham for the game’s first score and Erik Holmer a few minutes later. They led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Incline forward Patrick Murray hit a bucket before the buzzer to start a 13-0 run that carried over into the second quarter, giving Incline an 18-14 lead midway through the period. Truckee senior post Trent McMullen finally scored nearly 6 minutes into the quarter to snap the Wolverines’ dry spell.

Truckee then outscored Incline 9-2 the remainder of the half to take a 23-20 lead into the break.

But after extending the lead to 28-22 early in the third, following a three-pointer by Clayton O’Connell and an outside jumper by Nash McMullen, Incline went on a 15-4 run to end the quarter with a 37-32 lead. The lead grew to 11 points in the fourth.

Defense and rebounding had much to do with the Highlanders’ success. Incline held Truckee’s offense in check with a halfcourt zone defense that prevented the Wolverines from getting many open looks. The visitors also won the battle on the boards as the game wore on.

and#8220;It’s tough to watch us struggle like that,and#8221; Tenorio said. and#8220;We just can’t quite put four quarters together. We’re close, though.and#8221;

Despite the loss, Tenorio was encouraged by his team’s effort late in the fourth quarter, when Truckee slowly but steadily cut into the Incline lead.

and#8220;They stayed with it and didn’t give up,and#8221; the coach said. and#8220;They could have easily just walked away once they got down. But that’s what I like about this team; they never give in.and#8221;

Clayton O’Connell led the Wolverines with 15 points. Nash McMullen had eight points and Trent McMullen and Erik Holmer each had seven. Max Osborne finished with 15 points for Incline. Kyle Clouthier had 12 points and Orin Porter Jr. 10, while Bobby Thoms grabbed 11 rebounds and created 10 steals.

Truckee, which had won five straight games, fell to 3-1 in league. The Wolverines are 9-8 overall after bouncing back to defeat Virginia City 73-59 on Wednesday night. Incline improved to 3-0 in Mount Rose League play and 15-4 overall.

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