Truckee basketball: Boys play Vikings tough in road loss
Northern Division I-A standings
South Tahoe 8-4
Spring Creek 4-8
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Truckee boys have come close to picking up their first league win on numerous occasions — most recently in a rival contest at South Tahoe on Tuesday.
With 1:20 left to play, sophomore guard Gabe Cruz hit a three-pointer that capped a 7-1 run and cut the Vikings’ lead to three. But the hosts went 7-of-8 from the free-throw line in the final minute-plus to escape with the 59-54 win.
Three Wolverines scored in double figures, with Cruz posting 15 points, Jenner Tresan 14 and Kevin Cross 13. Ben Miller added five points and Airon Yarbrough had four.
The Vikings, who are likely playoff-bound at 8-4 in the Northern Division I-A, had to work for the victory.
The hosts closed the first quarter with seven straight points to take a 14-8 lead. They led 29-21 at the half and 45-37 after three quarters.
But Truckee refused to go away, using the late 7-1 run to make things interesting.
South Tahoe sealed the deal at the charity stripe, with Hirshal Sukha sinking a pair with 11 seconds left to put the game away.
The Wolverines (0-12 league) have four league games remaining. They play at Dayton (2-9) on Friday and at Fallon 6-7) on Tuesday, then return home to host Lowry (10-1) on Feb. 12 and Fernley (7-5) on Feb. 13.
— Tahoe Daily Tribune Sports Editor Anthony Gentile contributed to this story.