Truckee basketball | Boys pull out clutch win over Hug in overtime
Truckee is scheduled to resume league play at Fallon on Jan. 2. The Wolverines then host Lowry on Jan. 3 at 2:30 p.m.
In the official scorebook, Cam Hollabaugh’s stat line from Monday’s home game looks relatively innocuous.
But the senior guard’s four points could not have been more crucial to the Truckee boys’ comeback victory over Division I Hug.
With Truckee trying to climb back from an eight-point deficit in the waning seconds of regulation, the 5-foot-11 Hollabaugh muscled an offensive rebound out of the air and banked it in to knot the score at 43 points apiece. He then scored two of Truckee’s four points in overtime, and the Wolverines escaped with a 47-46 win.
“He’s a real effort player. Strong,” Truckee coach Sky Nelson said of Hollabaugh. “He’s sort of a two-for-one guy — he’ll make a mistake, but then he’ll come right back and make up for it. He comes up with some big rebounds.”
The Wolverines controlled every quarter except the third, when Hug senior Ahmad Thomas went off for 15 of his game-high 24 points on a perfect 5-of-5 from behind the three-point arc. The Hawks outscored the Wolverines 24-5 in the frame to turn Truckee’s 25-15 halftime lead into a 39-30 deficit.
Truckee battled back in the fourth. Using a decisive rebounding advantage over the shorthanded Hawks, who had only nine players, the Wolverines scored the first five points of the quarter and the final eight to complete the comeback. Hug scored only four points in the quarter.
Hollabaugh scored the first two points of overtime on a fast-break layup before Thomas hit his eighth three-pointer of the game to give Hug a 46-45 lead. Truckee senior Nick Oberriter answered with a slashing drive to the hoop, and the Wolverines held the Hawks scoreless over the final two minutes — including a missed three-pointer at the buzzer by Thomas — to preserve the one-point win.
“We should have won by 12,” said Nelson, lamenting Truckee’s 5-of-17 performance from the free-throw line, including 2-of-13 in the fourth quarter and overtime. “It comes down to free-throw shooting. At some point that’s going to hurt us. We don’t shoot like that in practice, so it has something to do with the pressure of the game. We need to figure out a way to alleviate that pressure.”
Truckee got off to a solid start, outscoring the Hawks 13-6 in the first quarter and 12-9 in the second using an effective zone defense and efficient offense. Junior guard Jenner Tresan helped boost the offense with 11 points in the first half, including three three-pointers.
After allowing the Hawks their big third quarter, in which Truckee turned the ball over on multiple occasions, the Wolverines took care of the ball in the fourth while tightening up their zone pressure. Hug scored four consecutive points midway through the quarter, and that was it as Truckee continued to chip away at the lead.
Senior Ryan Schildge drilled a clutch baseline three-pointer with 27 seconds remaining to bring Truckee to within a bucket, 43-41. The Wolverines fouled to preserve time, and Hug failed to capitalize on two occasions at the free-throw line, which opened the door for Hollabaugh to tie the score with six seconds left.
“They (the Hawks) slowed down at the end. I told our guys they would,” Nelson said, adding that the Wolverines’ rebounding was key to the victory. “We pounded them on the boards, which was a surprise to me.”
Oberriter led the Wolverines with a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, while sophomore forward Justin Wadsworth pulled down 12 rebounds. Tresan finished with 11 points, Schildge had seven points and Diego Abundiz six.
Aside from Thomas’ 24 points on eight three-pointers, Zonathan Williams scored 11 points for the Hawks and Malik Youmes had eight.
The Wolverines improved to 2-6 overall and the Hawks fell to 1-8.
Truckee’s girls competed in the Varsity Elite Tournament on Friday and Saturday. The Wolverines opened the tournament with a 45-41 loss to McQueen. No other information was available.