Truckee basketball: Boys put up fight against second-place Lowry
Final Northern DI-A standings
1. Elko 16-0
2. Lowry 14-2
3. South Tahoe 9-7
4. Fernley 9-7
5. Fallon 7-9
6. Spring Creek 7-9
7. Sparks 6-10
8. Dayton 4-12
9. Truckee 0-16
TRUCKEE — The Truckee boys put up a valiant fight in a 67-60 loss to second-place Lowry on Friday. With tired legs from the effort, the Wolverines ended the season the next day with a 73-38 loss to fourth-place Fernley.
“We spent our effort last night. We played great against Lowry,” said first-year Truckee coach Tom Cruz. “Today (against Fernley) was a bit of a letdown. Everybody seemed to be kind of stuck in place.”
It was a tough season overall for the Wolverines, who, with a young roster that included only three seniors, finished 0-16 in Northern Division I-A play.
“We had a tough start. We didn’t have the same starting lineup for 13 straight games,” Cruz said. “The last few games we’ve shown some bright spots. Next season we’re hopeful that we can put everything together.”
Truckee brought its A-game to Friday’s senior farewell.
After falling behind 17-7 by the end of the first quarter, the Wolverines nearly matched the Buckaroos (14-2) in the second quarter and outscored the visitors 21-11 in the third to shave the lead to two points, 44-42, entering the final frame.
Lowry posted 23 points to Truckee’s 18 in the fourth to earn the win.
Sophomore guard Gabe Cruz posted a game-high 16 points, while Ben Miller finished with 15 points, Kevin Cross scored 11, Jenner Tresan eight and Justin Wadsworth five. Nathan Lutzow led Lowry with 13 points.
Saturday’s contest began with a three-point shooting display, as Fernley (9-7) scored its first nine points on long-range shots, while Cruz also opened Truckee’s scoring with a three.
The Vaqueros built their lead to 18-7 by the end of the opening quarter and extended it to 32-20 by the half and 47-25 by the end of three.
Cruz scored eight points to lead the Wolverines, while Jenner Tresan scored seven, Miller and Wadsworth each scored six, and Jake Holmes had four.
Ten different players scored for Fernley, with Zach Burns posting a game-high 15 points.