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Truckee basketball | McMullen’s strong 4th quarter lifts boys over Vikings

Joe Proudman
Tahoe Daily Tribune
Joe Proudman / Tahoe Daily TribuneTruckee players and fans react late in Friday's win at South Tahoe.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Momentum looked to be on the side of the South Tahoe boys early in the fourth quarter, but the visiting Wolverines had the momentum killer as they won 45-35 in their Mount Rose League opener Friday.

The Vikings fought back from a 26-19 deficit at the half, to lead 31-30 after Kyante Wilson went coast-to-coast to put the Vikings up. But Truckee senior Trent McMullen nailed a three-pointer soon after to give the Wolverines the lead and win at the Blue Gym in South Tahoe. Truckee improved to 1-0 in Mount Rose play, while South Tahoe falls to 1-1.

“I thought they had a good plan for us. They came physical, like I knew they would be, and they made a lot of shots in the first half,” said South Tahoe coach Chris Proctor. “I think it’s the typical, we climb back up to go 31-30 and we called time out and I told the boys during the timeout, this is where we keep going; we just can’t be just coming back. And I think they outscored us 6 to 0 really quick to make it 37-31.”

McMullen had five points going into the final quarter, but ended the game with 16 as he came alive at the end of the game to guide the Wolverines to the win.

“Trent is our leader. He is our captain,” Truckee head coach Angelo Tenorio said. “He did an incredible job for us. He’s a team leader, offense and defense, he did a tremendous job.”

South Tahoe’s big men, Jacob Stowell and Cale Backinger, were in foul trouble early, with Backinger fouling out at the end of the game.

“If Jacob gets three fouls early, that hurts us as we found out tonight. I think we were reminded that Jacob is important to our success and Cale having some trouble fouls, the same thing,” Proctor said. “Jacob does a lot of things that are intangible. Hustle plays and defense that maybe we don’t get from other guys.”

Bobby Perez led the Vikings with 15 points, while Brandon Cramer had 12. Stowell and Backinger were both held to two points.