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Truckee boys suffer close losses

Matt Riddle

Yerington and Dayton got the best of THS boys’ basketball team this weekend. The Wolverines traveled to Yerington Friday night, only to lose at the buzzer. The game was tied 61-61 with only seconds left when Yerington (1-0, 4-7), pulled out a shot to pull ahead, 63-61.

Truckee, (0-2, 1-8), could have had a better night from the free-throw line, hitting 18 of 41.

Saturday night, Dayton came to town and pulled out a nail-biter in overtime.

Truckee was up by nine at a couple different points in the game before Dayton (2-0, 7-5), down 39-42, sunk a three with 11 seconds left. Truckee couldn’t make good on their remaining time, so they game went into OT.

But by this point, Truckee was too tired to keep up. They scored only two points and Dayton scored nine for the win, 51-44.

JR Murphy finished the Dayton game with 17 points against a stacked defense- he shot eight for 29 from the field.

“I thought JR played a tough ball game,” coach Mike Gray said. “If JR wanted to be, he could be a first class All-State player.”

Murphy tried to shoot around the defense, accounting for the missed shots.

“With your shots not falling, you need to do something else,” Gray said. “I’d rather see him drive to the basket, sometimes they go in, sometimes they don’t.”

Jamie Maehler finished with 12 rebounds and three steals and 13 rebounds against Yerington. Paul Tierney had two points, including two of two from three-point range and three steals.

Friday night was the same story as Saturday.

“Yerington was just like Dayton, we had the game won, but we had turnovers,” Gray said. “We turned it over four times in the last 25 seconds of the game.”

A game killer for Gray’s squad was its performance from the free-throw line. Against Yerington, they were 8-41 from the line.

“Free throw shooting is mental: Out there on that court, there’s a lot of pressure out there,” Gray said. “Especially when you’re at the free-throw line with 25 seconds, and the other team has the momentum and now you need to step up to the line and kill their momentum.

“If we make those free-throws, we’re 2-0 in league.”

North Tahoe (0-2, 2-6) is up next for the boys on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in Truckee.

Wednesday night’s game against Bishop Manogue was past press time.