Wolverine boys go 1-2
Wednesday, things weren’t looking so good. The THS boys’ basketball lost a make-up game against Quincy 54-44. Friday, the second of three straight home games, Rite of Passage came and beat the Wolverines 60-51. Frustrated after two straight home losses, the Wolverines had had enough when Fernley came to town Saturday and walked away with a 51-36 win, including a 26-8 first half performance.
“This was a game we really needed to win,” coach Mike Gray said.
The Vaqueros made a charge in the third period, coming out of the locker room with a full-court defense and running traps. They actually outscored the Wolverines 17-12 and even made it within eight points, but that was going to be the closest they would come. At the end of the quarter, Truckee was up 38-25.
“We came out flat in the second half and they were doing things different than how they did in the first half,” guard Paul Tierney said.
The Vaqueros came out with a full-court pressure, trying to trap the ball. They had initial success.
“In the third quarter, we came out, the intensity wasn’t there,” Gray said. “They started putting pressure on the ball.”
But halfway through the period, Truckee solved the trap and the Wolverines finished the game up 15 points, 51-36.
The game wasn’t without some loss, however. JR Murphy, normally the offensive leader, re-injured his left ankle in the fourth period and will miss three weeks, Gray said.
Friday night against Rite of Passage, Murphy led again with 17 points and eight rebounds. Jamie Maehler was seven of 10 from the free throw line.
Against Quincy, Murphy led the team with 18 points and 12 rebounds. A total of nine players scored in that game.
They lost the intensity and good teams don’t do that,” Gray said. “Once they got you away, they’re going to put you away for good. We need to learn how to do that. It’s kind of my fault, the whole coaching staff’s fault.
Instead of telling them good job here and good job there, we need to tell them ‘put this team away.'”