TTHS falls to 3-4 in loss to Colfax
It was a close one last Tuesday night as TTHS varsity boys took on Colfax in a home meet, but not enough for Truckee to improve to 4-4, as they fell 57-52.
The Wolverines led for two quarters, 30-28 at the half and 46-40 at the end of the third.
Coach Mike Flohr blames the loss on exhaustion.
“We were going with five guys who were playing pretty well all game,” Flohr said. “But they started sucking some bad air near the end. I think with our defensive transition, as we got tired, we got a little more laxed.”
What resulted was good shot opportunities for Colfax, who closed the gap at the end of the game.
“We didn’t handle the last quarter very well. On our shots, our guys’ legs were getting rubbery,” Flohr said.
Flohr noted that, though his team got off some good shots, they made too many key turnovers, allowing Colfax to get back in the game.
It was Cody Haas who led in points, with 13. He was followed closely by Taylor Green, who scored 12.
Mark Logan scored 10, Tom Cruz put up six, Merek Poco had 4.
Mike Detwiller and Dustin Demont both scored three and Robby McClendon had one.
The exhaustion showed not only on the players’ faces, but on the scoreboard, as well.
With 12,18 and 16 points in the first three quarters, respectively, the boys could only manage six in the fourth.
“What we did right, our defense was good and we played well for about 25 minutes. We rebounded good in the first three quarters, ran our offense pretty well and shot OK. It was basic turnovers that made the difference,” Flohr said.
Flohr also said the young team’s lack of experience is holding it back.
“Right now we can’t shoot very well, we’re not putting the ball in the hole. But it’s a young team. We have a sophomore and a couple of juniors starting, so experience is our weakness,” Flohr said.
Flohr said “the team is trying to run things that are difficult to run,” but said he hoped by January the team would have it together.
In the strength column, Flohr said he feels the fact the team is running offense well and becoming more disciplined is good.
“I think if a team plays man-to-man against us, we’ll fare pretty well because we’ve got some guys starting to understand where they’re supposed to go,” said Flohr. “We’re setting some screens and getting pretty decent shots. Now we’ve just got to make those shots.”
No rest over the holidays
Though school is out, the TTHS team is working out 8-10 every morning in the gym.
Flohr felt the break was necessary considering the upcoming game against Manogue Dec. 30.
“We’re working out over the holidays, taking a couple of days off for Christmas,” Flohr said. “If you take too much time off, the guys’ conditioning level just goes down and we kind of lose what we’ve been trying to build up.”
In their first match-up against Manogue, the TTHS boys know they face an uphill battle.
“They’re one of the best in the state,” Flohr said about the upcoming meeting at home. “They’re a better team than we are all the way around.”
What will it take to pull off an upset and put the team at 4-4?
“We’re going to have to play a really good game to beat them. We need to watch turnovers; (Manogue’s) got a real high-pressure-type offense and defense and they’ll move the ball up the court as fast as they can, so we’re going to have to play in control, make good passes, yet still attack and get some easy baskets,” Flohr said. “Hopefully we can hang with them.”
If they can hang with Manogue, the team will be back on track to a winning season.
“I like this team,” Flohr said. “We’re working hard and making strides to get better. We’re improving every game, I think.”
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