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Truckee boys defeated at Spanish Springs

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The Truckee High boys basketball team lost a nonleague contest 68-42 at Spanish Springs on Monday.

The loss adjusted the Wolverines record to 5-4 on the season. They remain at 2-1 in Northern 3A league play.

“Same old story,” Truckee coach Keith Crawford said of the loss, which came against a previously winless 4A Cougars squad. “Overall the effort was great, but we’ve got to figure out how to play smarter and tougher.”

Senior guard Drew Stewart came off the bench to lead the Wolverines in scoring with 12 points. Senior Cory Hoehn had eight points, and junior Cody Wicks led the team in rebounding with nine.

Crawford said Truckee played well early, trailing only 13-9 at the end of the opening quarter.

“The first quarter was the best part of the game,” he said. “Everything went the way we expected it to go.”

Sparked by an effective full-court press, Crawford said, Spanish Springs (1-5) then outscored Truckee 23-9 in the third quarter to pull away.

“Spanish Springs played well enough to win the game, but they didn’t do anything offensively that we weren’t ready for,” the coach said, citing a lack of mental toughness from his players as one of the primary reasons for the loss.

Crawford’s examples of mental toughness included diving on the floor for loose balls, getting tough rebounds and taking charges on the defensive end.

“If we’re mentally tough, we can overcome other deficiencies,” he said, “but we’re not mentally tough yet.”

The coach said he will shake up his starting lineup before today’s non-league game against Pyramid Lake, which tips off in the Truckee High gym at 7:30 p.m.

He also hopes the defeat to the 4A program pays dividends in the long run.

“That’s why we play these games,” he said. “Hopefully the kids will pick up something from this loss and it will carry throughout the season.

“If I could schedule the whole preseason against 4A teams it would be great.”

North Tahoe’s boys basketball team lost 75-39 in a nonleague game at South Tahoe on Monday.


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