Truckee basketball | Boys play Fallon, Lowry tough in losses
A cold shooting spell killed the hopes for the Truckee boys basketball team to steal a win at Fallon on Friday.
The Wolverines were on the wrong end of a 40-30 loss to the Greenwave, although coach Sky Nelson was visibly upset with several questionable calls during the second half.
“It was a tough basketball game,” Fallon coach Brad Barton said. “Truckee came out with a game plan and executed it. They stayed in a 2-3 most of the game.”
Both teams struggled to find any rhythm on offense as turnovers and missed shots plagued each side in the Northern Division I-A matchup.
“The home team won. The home team won,” Nelson said.
Fallon (1-2 league, 4-8 overall) jumped out to an early 8-0 lead behind a layup from Braxton Hunter, a 3-pointer from Jeff Evett and three points from Clay Davison.
Trailing 11-2 after a 3 from Davison, Truckee (0-3 league, 2-9 overall) answered with a 7-0 run to close the quarter. Nick Oberriter drained a 3 and Chase Vankirk and Cam Hollabaugh each scored to trim the lead to 11-9.
“We were just trying to take what they gave us,” Barton said. “We haven’t had a team play us in a zone the whole game, so actually it was good practice for us.”
Truckee’s shooting warmed in the second quarter as the Wolverines took a 20-15 lead after a 3 by Vankirk.
Fallon, though, went on a 7-0 run on a trio of baskets by Evett for a 22-20 halftime lead. Evett had a game-high 15 points, while Davison added 10.
Vankirk led Truckee with nine points, while Oberriter chipped in with six.
“We just played hard and are a lot smaller than those guys,” Nelson said.
Fallon’s height played a strong role in rebounding as Evett and Davison stand about 3-4 inches taller than Truckee’s biggest player. The Wave dominated the boards and used the second-chance opportunities to hold their lead.
As a result of the height disparity, Truckee was forced to shoot from the outside. The Wolverines sank five 3s, but the lack of an inside game favored Fallon.
The third quarter, however, was filled with missed chances as both teams struggled to find the basket.
Brandon Barnes and Evett opened the frame with back-to-back buckets for a 27-20 lead, but Truckee once again stopped the short-lived momentum.
Justin Wadsworth added a jumper and Hollabaugh nailed a 3 to pull Truckee within three points.
But Fallon was too much. The Wave closed the game on a 6-0 run as Connor Richardson scored four points and Hunter added two.
“We did probably should’ve put more ball pressure on them,” Barton said. “Next time we will have a full team so they can’t run their offense as effectively as they did.”
Wolverines take Lowry to OT
Truckee dug itself a hole against visiting Lowry on Saturday before storming back with a big second half to force overtime. Lowry then scored 11 points to Truckee’s four in the overtime period to escape with the 57-50 win.
The Buckaroos (3-0 league, 8-5 overall) jumped out to a 16-4 lead after one quarter and extended the margin to 29-7 by the half. The Wolverines rebounded after the break, however, outscoring Lowry 15-10 in the third quarter and 24-7 in the fourth to knot the score at 46 with 10 seconds left in regulation.
Nelson said that Oberriter provided a spark after Truckee’s sluggish first half, and his effort ignited his teammates in time for the Wolverines’ big fourth quarter. Oberriter finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, five steals and two blocks.
“It was a breakout game for Obi,” Nelson said. “He played a great floor game. He was distributing the ball and his energy carried us into the fourth quarter. The whole team caught fire and was doing everything right. I’m really proud of the way the boys came back from adversity.”
Truckee is scheduled to play at Spring Creek on Friday and Elko on Saturday.
— Sun Sports Editor Sylas Wright contributed to this story.
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