Truckee basketball | Boys pull away from Fallon in second half
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Truckee boys’ basketball team heated up after sluggish starts to the first and third quarters to earn a 61-47 win against visiting Fallon in a 3A crossover game Friday.
Senior post Trent McMullen got the Wolverines on track with a huge first half, as he scored 19 of his game-high 22 points before the intermission to give Truckee a 27-25 edge.
A combination of Truckee players then stepped up to put a stop to an 8-1 Fallon run to open the third quarter. With McMullen sitting with foul trouble, the Wolverines flipped a five-point deficit into a five-point lead by the start of the fourth, and they never looked back en route to the double-digit win.
and#8220;We came out a little flat,and#8221; McMullen said, and#8220;but we started playing defense and that led to offense, and we were able to get some steals that led to fast breaks.and#8221;
After the Greenwave jumped out to a 9-4 lead to open the game and#8212; using a couple of buckets inside by Beau Marshall and a three-ball by Jeff Evett and#8212; McMullen caught fire, scoring the Wolverines’ next 10 points following a bucket by Max Blinoff to knot the score at 15 at the end of the first quarter.
McMullen, who poured in 11 points in the first quarter alone, remained hot, scoring the Wolverines’ next eight points in the second quarter to give Truckee a 23-16 lead. But the Greenwave battled back, scoring the next seven straight as Dylan Tedford sank three free-throws and scored off a steal to tie the game at 23.
and#8220;We’re a young team. We have four freshmen and a sophomore on varsity, so we’re going to have our ebbs and flows,and#8221; said Fallon head coach Chip Rutledge. and#8220;We had our moments when we looked pretty good, and then we had times when we struggled.and#8221;
Using a full-court press that caused several Truckee turnovers, Fallon quickly tied the score and then took the lead in the opening minute of the third quarter. Fallon’s lead grew to five, at 33-28, before the Wolverines figured out the press and went on an 8-3 run to again tie the score at 34.
and#8220;We played very patient, which is something we’ve talked about all preseason,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Angelo Tenorio, whose Wolverines had taken a 42-37 lead by the start of the fourth quarter. and#8220;In the third quarter we struggled a little bit, but we settled down and started passing out of the press instead of trying to beat it with the dribble.and#8221;
Once the hosts began to beat the press and quit turning the ball over, Blinoff, Clayton O’Connell and Graham Millie collectively went to work for the shorthanded Wolverines, who played without four players who had the flu.
Millie stole the ball and converted a layup late in the third quarter before hitting a baseline jumper to start the fourth. O’Connell sunk two free throws before twice slashing into the lane and finishing layups. And Blinoff put back an offensive rebound and on three occasions got behind the defense for easy baskets in the fourth.
O’Connell finished with 12 points while Blinoff scored 11, including six in the fourth quarter to help fend off any potential comeback.
and#8220;Truckee has a very good team,and#8221; Rutledge said. and#8220;They’re talented and athletic. They did the things they needed to do.and#8221;
Evett led the Greenwave with 13 points, while Jahn Galera scored 11.
Truckee is now 3-1 on the year; Fallon is 2-2.