Truckee basketball: Boys split against Loyalton, North Valleys
The Truckee boys split a pair of nonleague games at home this past week, routing Loyalton 67-36 on Friday, and losing 73-58 to 4A North Valleys on Monday.Truckee senior guard Tyler Ferris went off for a game-high 29 points against North Valleys (7-2), making 15 of 19 at the free-throw line, while seniors Matt Mehan and Nick Prodaniuk each contributed 10 points for the Wolverines. The game remained tight throughout the first half, with the Panthers taking a 15-13 lead by the end of the first quarter, and Truckee carrying a 31-30 lead into the half. North Valleys pulled away with a 25-point third quarter. andamp;#8220;We were right there,andamp;#8221; said Truckee head coach Mike Hoehn. andamp;#8220;It was kind of a heartbreaker for the guys, because they knew they could play with them. They just let off the gas defensively in the third quarter.andamp;#8221;Aaron Short scored 24 to lead the Panthers.Mehan led Truckee with a 28-point effort against Loyalton. Ferris added 18 points, and James DePew scored 10 as the Wolverines dominated the Grizzlies after the opening quarter. Truckee led 37-20 at the half and 52-28 after three quarters.andamp;#8220;We shut them down defensively after the first quarter,andamp;#8221; Hoehn said. andamp;#8220;We started hitting the boards and defending better, and playing our game.andamp;#8221;The Wolverines, who begin league play Jan. 8 at Lowry, played both games without junior forward Ben Bolton, who was sick.
Truckee lost a nonleague game 60-45 at home against Incline on Tuesday. Read more about the game in Fridayandamp;#8217;s Sports andamp; Outdoors.