Truckee boys hold off pesky Pyramid Lake
It wasn’t their sharpest display of basketball. Nevertheless, the Wolverines held off a persistent Pyramid Lake Lakers squad by a final of 62-46 Wednesday night in the Truckee High gym.
“It’s a win. It wasn’t the prettiest win, but we’ll take it,” said Truckee head coach Keith Crawford.
The Wolverines improved to 6-4 (2-1 league) with the victory.
Despite falling behind by as many as 19 late in the third quarter ” this after Truckee took a comfortable 31-18 lead into the half ” Pyramid Lake (2-5) shot itself to within 10 points on an 11-3 run that extended into the fourth quarter.
Truckee picked up its intensity to end the game on a 13-7 run.
“Their effort was great,” Crawford said of the Lakers. “They fought hard and never gave up. My hat’s off to them.”
The highlight of the game may have been a pair of barely-clearing-the-rim dunks, one on a breakaway in the second quarter and the other in fourth, by junior Cody Wicks, who led the Wolverines in scoring with 20 points while grabbing seven rebounds. Pat Galvin chipped in 14 points and eight rebounds.
Coming off consecutive losses at Dayton and Spanish Springs, junior point guard Gavin Novotny was happy to get back in the win column.
“I thought we ran the floor pretty well,” he said after contributing nine points in the winning effort. “We’re just trying to get back to how we play basketball.”
Crawford said Wednesday was a good night to polish a few things before returning to league play after the holidays.
“We got a few weeks, so we’ll rest our legs and get ready for Sparks on Jan. 3. I’m hoping that gives us time for the guys to get their hunger back,” the coach said, adding that the Wolverines’ remaining schedule against Northern 3A opponents is vital to their playoff hopes.
Truckee will begin a four-game stretch on the road beginning Jan. 3 and ending after a Jan. 10 match-up at Incline.
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