Truckee Basketball Classic | Wolverines hold off Lakers
Truckee is scheduled to begin league play with a home game against South Tahoe on Friday at 7:30 p.m. North Tahoe is scheduled to compete in the Beaver Dam Tournament on Friday and Saturday and host Loyalton next Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The Truckee and North Tahoe boys basketball teams accomplished their main goals in the inaugural Truckee Basketball Classic this past weekend.
Both teams shook off a bit of their early-season rust while winning a game apiece and losing two.
Facing each other to open the eight-team tournament Thursday night, the host Wolverines got off to a hot start and withstood a Lakers comeback to earn a 52-44 victory.
Truckee went on to lose in the next round to Colfax, 65-43, and ended the tournament with a 55-52 loss to McQueen on Saturday.
North Tahoe defeated White Pine, 57-49, on Friday and lost to Incline, 89-73, on Saturday.
Tournament champion Mesa Verde, out of Citrus Heights, defeated Dayton and McQueen before edging Colfax by a bucket in the final seconds to win the tourney.
It was all Wolverines at the start of their tournament opener against the Lakers. Senior guards Nick Oberriter and Chase Vankirk combined to score the first nine points as the Lakers struggled to overcome the Wolverines’ full-court press.
Truckee extended its lead to 15-3 before the taller North Tahoe squad settled in and began to control the boards. A 3-pointer by sophomore North Tahoe guard Juan Estrada cut the Lakers’ deficit to 19-12 just before the first quarter ended.
“We had a real tough time right off the bat. But we settled down and started to play basketball,” said North Tahoe coach Frank Wright. “It was a good game for us.”
The Lakers carried their momentum into the second quarter. They scored the first five points of the frame and outscored the Wolverines 12-4 to carry a 24-34 lead into the half. Junior center Nick Joslin scored six of his eight points in the quarter to help fuel the comeback run.
Truckee rebounded in the third quarter, using a 10-0 run — with seven points by Vankirk — to take a 33-25 lead. Three of the baskets during the run came on fast breaks after Laker turnovers.
North Tahoe senior Miles Johanson drained a 3 and hit two free throws at the end of the quarter to shave the lead to three, 33-30.
The Lakers pulled to within two early in the fourth quarter, following a 3-pointer by Mitchell Myers, but that was as close as they got as Vankirk and Oberriter combined for 14 points and Truckee held on for the win.
“We did all right,” said Truckee coach Sky Nelson. “They are a lot bigger than us, but we were quicker.”
Oberiter led the all scorers with 19 points, while Vankirk contributed 18 points and Teagan Pado scored six.
Myers led the Lakers with 10 points. Joslin scored eight, and Miles Brandt and Trent Lingruen each scored five.
Against White Pine on Friday, Myers poured in a team-high 20 points, Brandt had 15 and Joslin 13. Max Burkhardt led the North Tahoe offense against Incline, scoring 20 points, while Estrada had 12 points, Myers 14 and Joslin 10.
For the Wolverines, Oberriter scored 12 points and Pado had nine to lead the way against Colfax. Oberriter scored 16 points against McQueen, Pado contributed 12 points and Matt Bush had 11.
Truckee could have finished the tournament with two wins instead of one had it not allowed McQueen to come back from a three-point deficit with about a minute and a half remaining. The Wolverines missed an open layup and six free throws down the stretch to open the door for the Lancers.
“We had it won and we choked it,” Nelson said. “We have to knock down our free throws. We’re going to work on that.”
Nelson said Pado sprained his ankle near the end of the contest and is expected to miss a week or two.