Truckee hoops: Wolverines begin league play with tough road games
The Truckee boys split their league openers at Lowry and Spring Creek this past weekend, while the girls dropped both openers against two of the league’s top teams.
After opening the road trip with a 52-43 loss on Friday, Truckee’s boys rebounded to defeat Spring Creek the following day in overtime, 89-83, to improve to 6-5 overall and 1-1 in league.
The Wolverines received considerable offensive production from junior post player Ben Bolton and senior guard Matt Mehan, who finished with 25 and 23 points, respectively. Bolton sank four 3-pointers in the game and pulled down 16 rebounds, while Mehan made 10 of 13 free throws and scored seven points in the overtime period.
Mehan also provided the highlight of the game in overtime when he stole the ball near the opposing free-throw line, drove all the way down the floor with a defender trailing closely behind, and then threw down a dunk. He’s listed at 6 foot on the roster.
and#8220;It was pretty cool,and#8221; Truckee head coach Mike Hoehn said of the breakaway dunk.
James DePew tallied 16 points and grabbed 15 rebounds against Spring Creek, and Tyler Ferris finished with 12 points, five of which he scored in overtime.
Truckee trailed 21-10 after the first quarter before scoring 25 points in the second quarter to tie the score at 35 before the half.
and#8220;We had to dig deep to win that one,and#8221; Hoehn said.
Against Lowry on Friday, Mehan scored 13 points, Ferris 12 and Jon Ford nine, while DePew finished with 12 rebounds and Bolton with 11 boards.
Despite the two losses on the road, Truckee girls basketball coach Angelo Tenorio was pleased with his team’s effort and#8212; and happy to have the entire group together after struggling through injuries and sickness early in the season.
and#8220;It was the first time we had the team all together in a month,and#8221; Tenorio said. and#8220;I think we showed that we can play with the elite teams in our league … We don’t even know what we’re capable of yet.and#8221;
The Wolverines nearly pulled off a win against Lowry before falling short, 39-35, in a defensive battle. Junior guard Megan Shalvis led Truckee with 12 points, while Annie Rodriguez had eight points and Mollie Askin six.
Tenorio said he was particularly impressed with the play of Askin and Allyson Costa in the post, although he said and#8220;every one played a great game.and#8221;
and#8220;It was a fun game,and#8221; he said. and#8220;It’s one of the reasons you coach. Any time you go to Lowry, it’s a great environment to play basketball.and#8221;
Truckee played defending league champ Spring Creek tough for three quarters, before the Spartans pulled away in the final quarter for a 68-43 win.
and#8220;We just kind of ran out of gas in the fourth quarter,and#8221; Tenorio said. and#8220;… It’s tough for the girls to go to Winnemucca and Spring Creek and play back-to-back tough games.and#8221;
Senior Katy Stephens led the Wolverines with 10 points against Spring Creek, while Shalvis finished with nine points and Aleigh Krug eight points.
Truckee is now 4-12 overall and 0-2 in league. and#8220;Our record doesn’t indicate what we’re capable of,and#8221; Tenorio said.