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Truckee boys beat North Tahoe, lose elsewhere

Matt Riddle
Photo by Doug SlaterA North Tahoe Lakers player takes a shot over Truckee defenders.
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Some seasons are tougher than others, but when you handedly beat your rival, it’s okay.

After a bad loss to Bishop Manogue on Wednesday, the boys basketball team rebounded with a win over North Tahoe on Saturday.

Wednesday’s trip down to the Truckee Meadows was a tough match against the 3A favorite Miners. The Wolverines lost 67 to 30.

But Saturday afternoon, the game was on. A 57-50 game with 49 fouls on both teams was the tale they’ll tell their grandkids about.

Jason Ames led with 11 points, including 12 rebounds. JR Murphy led with 15 rebounds and 10 points and Joey Salsberg also had 10 points, including six of eight from the gimme line.

“It felt good getting that first (league ) win,” Salsberg said.

“Right now, we’re starting to get confidence back,” Ames said. “At first, we were laid back, but now we’re more aggressive.”

The Lakers had it coming.

“It was great, it was rowdy, we kept letting them back in the game,” Ames said.

Murphy had foul trouble early on with two fouls in the first five minutes and a third at the beginning of the second period. He finished with four fouls.

The Wolverines jumped to a 14-7 start early in the game. Making up for their past field goal woes, Truckee shot 83 percent in the first to North Tahoe’s 29 percent.

But by the half, Truckee was only up 28-25, but still in control. The Lakers came within two in the third.

Seven team fouls by North Tahoe in the first was only the beginning. Before the game was over, the Lakers would accumulate 35 team fouls. Four Lakers fouled out of the game.

At the end of the game, North Tahoe begin the usual fouling to stop the clock. One reach in was called an intentional foul and with .4 seconds remaining, Laker coach Tim Kelly ejected himself from the game.

“What we should have done in earlier games is slow the game down,” Murphy said. Now they appear to be ablet o do that. “We’re looking to learn from it.”

Next up for the Wolverines is a match against Fernley, but Truckee’s not worried.

“Fernley doesn’t have anything this year,” Murphy said. “They’re either on or off, if they’re off, we can just raise our level.”

The teams meet again Jan. 31 at North Tahoe High at 7:30 p.m.