Truckee falls 66-56 to Manogue in home game
The Tahoe-Truckee High School boys’ basketball team’s record fell another notch, to 3-5, after a 66-56 loss to Manogue last Saturday night at home.
The score, however, doesn’t reflect the sum of the game, which was tight for better than three quarters.
The team was welcomed by a home crowd of more than 100 as they burst onto the court for pre-game practice, funk and hip-hop blasting on the loudspeakers.
At the start of the game, Truckee and Manogue matched each other, hoop for hoop, leading to a 14-12 Truckee lead at the first buzzer.
During the first quarter, Truckee’s Tom Cruz put up two shots and later added two free throws, for a total of four points.
Cody Haas and Taylor Green each shot and hit three’s in the first. Green missed two free throws.
Dustin Demont hit a two-pointer during the first.
In the second quarter, Cruz improved with eight points, all two-point shots. Merek Poco put in another two baskets, and Demint hit a two-pointer.
Green got a total of four free-throws in the second, hitting three of them.
At the half, Truckee again led 31-27.
In the third, Haas scored seven points, Demont two and Poco two. Cruz hit one of two free throws, Mark Logan hit two of two, Poco hit one of two and Green missed two throws.
By the end of the third, the Miners had outscored Truckee 20-15, thanks, in part, to 10 points from Manogue’s Brandon Forris, three of which were free throws.
At the third buzzer, Manogue had taken the lead 47-46.
In the fourth, Cruz missed two of three free throws, scoring just three points all quarter. Logan helped out with another two, and Green added five.
Manogue’s Brett Martinez came on for his first points of the game, scoring seven in the fourth.
Manogue dominated the fourth quarter, outscoring Truckee 19-10. In the end, Truckee fell 66-56.
Individually, Cruz led the team with 18 points, hitting four of seven field goal attempts. Green followed with 11, Hass scored 10, Poco had seven, Demont scored six and Logan put up four.
Manogue’s Brandon Forris and Curtis Hardwick each scored 17, with all but two of Hardwick’s points coming in the second half.
In the game, Truckee hit 11 of 24 field goal attempts, while the Miners were 24 for 35.
The Wolverine’s next game is at home against North Tahoe on Jan. 13.
The same night, the junior varsity lost to Manogue 88-26.
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