Truckee hoops wins big over North Tahoe
Sierra Nevada Media Group
DAYTON ” The final score was hardly indicative of how the Truckee-North Tahoe boys basketball rivalry figures to play out this season.
Then again, Truckee coach Keith Crawford was more than willing to accept a 60-23 first-round victory against North Tahoe during Dayton’s Sutro Classic on Thursday afternoon. If nothing else, Crawford was enthused with the effort he saw as the Wolverines improved their season record to 2-0.
“It looked like North Tahoe was shorthanded,” Crawford said. “But I don’t want to take anything away from our guys. They played their butts off. And the good thing about it, we have a lot of room to get better. It’s still early in the season.”
Cory Hoehn scored 13 points, Pat Galvin 12 and Cody Wicks 12 to lead a balanced Truckee attack. Galvin connected on three 3-pointers.
Michael Forte led all scorers for North Tahoe, as the senior accounted for 20 of North Tahoe’s 23 points. The Lakers only used seven players during the contest.
“I could make a couple of excuses, but I won’t,” said North Tahoe coach David Hansen, whose squad dropped to 1-1 on the season. “They just weren’t ready to play. There was no aspect of the game we ran well.”
The Wolverines set the tone from the start when they jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the opening minute. First, Cole Froelich hit a jumper off an assist from Galvin. Then Froelich came up with a steal on the defensive end and fed Wicks for a fast-break layup. Moments later, Galvin drained a 3-pointer off an assist from Gavin Novotny.
The Wolverines, who alternated between zone and man defense throughout the game, came up with six takeaways in the first quarter.
“We want to be able to go from zone to man and I thought we did a good job of that today,” Crawford said. “Normally, we come out and just play pressure man-to-man, but our zone defense seemed to surprise North Tahoe a little bit. I thought our defensive effort set the tone for this game.”
Truckee led 12-5 after one quarter and 26-8 at halftime. The Wolverines didn’t let up any after the intermission and extended their lead to 39-15 at the end of the third quarter. The final score of the third period epitomized Truckee’s performance ” Hoehn grabbed a defensive rebound, fed an outlet pass to Drew Stewart, who drove downcourt and dished off a behind the back pass to Wicks for a layup.
“That’s how we want to play,” Crawford said. “We want to get a steal or rebound and be the first ones down the court.”
Truckee plays the winner of Fernley-Lone Pine in the Sutro Classic semifinals tonight. North Tahoe plays the Fernley-Lone Pine loser.
“It’s OK. This is a long season. We’re going to use this tournament as a learning experience,” Hansen said.
And a stepping stone toward the next chapter in this rivalry ” next Wednesday in Truckee.
“I hope it will be better than this one,” Hansen said.
Crawford said the Wolverines won’t be deceived by this outcome, especially since Wednesday will be a Northern 3A division game.
“We have a tough rival game coming up on Wednesday,” he said. “That’ll be the rematch and I’m sure it will be a tough one.”
No. Tahoe 5 3 7 8 ” 23
Truckee 12 14 13 21 ” 60
No. Tahoe (1-1): Basile 0 0-2 0, Marple 1 0-0 2, Forte 9 1-2 20, Lara 0 0-1 0, Aguilar 0 1-2 1, Good 0 0-1 0, Totals 10 2-8 23.
Truckee (2-0): Pinella 1 0-0 2, Roberts 2 1-3 5, Cordell 1 2-2 4, Froelich 1 2-2 4, Galvin 4 1-1 12, Wicks 6 0-0 12, Sahlberg 1 0-0 2, Hoehn 6 1-2 13, Stewart 1 0-0 2, Beck 2 0-2 4, Totals 25 7-12 60.
3-point goals: North Tahoe 1 (Forte 1); Truckee 3 (Galvin 3). Team fouls: North Tahoe 11, Truckee 14. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None.