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Truckee boys win three more

JAMES BALL, Sierra Sun

Outpacing even last year’s state championship team, the Tahoe-Truckee High School boys’ varsity basketball team continued its winning streak last week with three key league wins.

Vs. Fernley

The two Marks: Thiel and Logan led Truckee to last week’s first win, a 67-52 match against Fernley at home Feb. 2.

Thiel led with 15 points, while Logan posted 14.

“We clobbered them,” said Truckee coach Dennis LeBlanc.

Though Fernley got past Truckee once before this season -thanks to a tricky triangle in two defense – Truckee didn’t fall for it this time.

“That was one of those things that got Mark (Logan) and Cody (Haas) frustrated last time,” LeBlanc said. “This time, we practiced for it and they did the same thing. This time, we didn’t let it bother us.”

It was this anticipation which let Truckee walk away with a huge league victory just two weeks before the start of division playoffs (Feb. 19-20).

Vs. Battle Mountain

In another win LeBlanc termed “very good,” the Truckee squad took down Battle Mountain 88-64 Friday night on the road.

Cody Haas was on fire, scoring 30 points, with Logan on his heels at 23 points.

“It was a good team win because 10 of our guys scored,” LeBlanc said. “Everyone played really well in that game.”

It also couldn’t have hurt that Truckee took 44 free throws to Battle Mountain’s 13.

Vs. Spring Creek

By Saturday, though, the strain of being on the road started to show as Truckee barely snuck past Spring Creek 57-50.

Logan led with 24, while Haas had 13 points.

“This was another one where we just didn’t play very well,” LeBlanc said. “But I guess you just have to win ugly sometimes.”

“We did what we had to do; we made rebounds when we had to and made shots when we had to.”

Truckee has locked up second place in the league, but LeBlanc said the first-place spot is still open, with Wednesday’s game against North Tahoe being the determining factor.

Results of the Wolverine/Laker game were not available at press time.

Truckee is 13-10 overall, but 7-2 in league play.

As for Truckee’s second wind which began at the right time -namely, the start of league play in January -LeBlanc credits the overall health of his team, something which was a problem in December when Logan and several other players were benched for injuries.

“It really makes a difference when all the guys are there and healthy,” he said. “I always wonder ‘what if’ and I look back at December and say, ‘oh, boy.'”

The state championship begins with semifinal play Thursday, Feb. 25, at either Hug or Reno high school.

The 3A championship is set for Saturday, Feb. 27, at Lawlor Events Center in Reno.

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