Wolverines basketball off to a good start
The Truckee High varsity basketball team is undefeated, 1-0, after roughing up the visiting Portola Tigers 75-47 in its season opener Tuesday night.
“It feels good to get that first win,” Truckee head coach Keith Crawford said. “Everybody got in the game, and everybody contributed.”
A spry starting crew set the tone early for the Wolverines, pestering the Tigers into turnovers and converting on fast breaks. Truckee dominated the boards on both ends of the floor and jumped out to a 24-7 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Coming straight off a state championship football season, Cory Hoehn, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound junior post player, and senior guard Brandon Peterson were forces under bucket ” Hoehn effective in his big-man fundamentals and Peterson in his anticipation and sheer hops.
Hoehn collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, both team highs, and Peterson finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds.
Jason Chapman, a senior guard who moved to Truckee from Mendocino County this year, played with high energy and matched Hoehn’s team-high 15 points.
Also coming off a successful football season was junior guard Drew Stewart, who chipped in 12 points in limited minutes off the bench.
Senior guards Chris Peeden and John Hooper, another football transfer, scored four points and three points, respectively. A slew of other Wolverines each added a basket to round out the scoring.
Crawford couldn’t help but like what he saw.
“Defensively I think we look pretty good,” Crawford said. “Offensively, with this year’s team, we’re fortunate enough to have athletes who can spread the floor out and get to the basket …
“What we’re trying to do this year is get out in the passing lanes and run a little more.”
Helping Crawford’s run-and-gun game plan are four athletic guards on the starting squad, with three of them ” Peeden, Hooper and Chapman ” playing as interchangeable point guards and Peterson, at 6-foot and 170 pounds, more of a shooting guard who crashes the boards. Hoehn is the lone junior on the starting team, taking up space in the paint while possessing the touch to score.
The blend of talent proved potent Tuesday night, and an overmatched Portola team was the first to get a taste of it.
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