Wolverines dominant in Division I
Thus far this season, opposing teams can stay competitive with the Tahoe-Truckee Wolverines’ boys’ basketball team for a quarter … but that’s about it.
In the first week of interdivisional play, the Wolverines toppled three opponents and claimed the first place spot atop the Division I, Class 3A.
On Friday night, the Wolverines defeated the Battle Mountain Longhorns, 70-53. The following afternoon, it was the Spring Creek Spartans who fell, 60-49. Tuesday, the varsity boys traveled to North Tahoe and dominated the Lakers, 63-37.
The only other undefeated team in the division is Rite of Passage – Truckee Head Coach Mike Gray’s old team – which has a 1-0 record.
vs. Battle Mountain
A second quarter surge carried the Wolverines to an easy victory over the Battle Mountain Longhorns, Friday night.
Truckee trailed at the end of the first quarter, 14-13, and scored only four points in the first four minutes of the second quarter.
With 3:33 remaining in the first half, though, a technical foul was called on Battle Mountain’s Paul Romero – for contesting a foul call – and Truckee’s Mark Logan hit four straight free throws.
The call seemed to ignite the Wolverines who scored 18 points in the remaining three minutes of the half.
Peter Kenelly headed the charge by landing a three pointer on the Wolverines’ first possession after the technical foul. Mark Theil contributed a couple of points, Logan buried a three pointer and followed with a deuce, Kenelly struck again for two, David Larson drove the lane for a couple and Mike McClendon closed the quarter with a steal and subsequent score at the buzzer.
During the span, defensively, the Truckee starters held Battle Mountain to only three points.
The Wolverines never looked back, extending their lead to 27 points at the start of the fourth quarter.
Logan, with 24 points, led the scoring, shooting 6-for-7 from the free throw line.
Larson finished the game with 10 points and Kenelly had eight points.
vs. Spring Creek
Saturday afternoon, the Wolverines played against the Spring Creek Spartans, and, again, the first quarter ended with Truckee trailing 14-13.
Again, the Wolverines experienced a lull in the opening minutes of the second quarter and were unable to score for close to five minutes.
Truckee had fallen behind 20-13 before Theil took control of the game and rallied for eight unanswered points.
Kenelly hit a triple in the closing seconds of the half and the Wolverines led by two, 25-23.
The Wolverines played steadily for the remainder of the game, with a majority of their points coming from free throws. Truckee converted 16 of 22 attempts in the second half. The Spartans made all six of their free throws.
The scoring was again led by Logan who nailed two three pointers and was 8-for-13 from the line for 20 points.
Theil scored 19 points and Carson Specht scored seven points while pulling down several critical rebounds.
Truckee played against the Fernley Vacqueros on Wednesday, but the results were unavailable at presstime.
vs. North Tahoe
The Wolverines had yet another second quarter surge when playing in an interdivisional game.
On Tuesday, it was against the North Tahoe Lakers.
Leading 17-16 at the end of the first quarter, Truckee erupted in the second, outscoring North Tahoe 18-3.
The Wolverines hit nine three pointers in the game, including four by Logan who, with 22 points, was the game’s leading scorer.
Triples were also had by Andy Bergstrom, Kenelly, Greg Gadsby, Josh Meuhler and Mike McClendon.
Theil had 10 points for the Wolverines, Bergstrom had nine and Kenelly had seven points.
Adam Dittli led the scoring for the Lakers with 12 points. Dittli had three three pointers in the game.
The Wolverines’ next game is Friday, Jan. 21, at Hug. Truckee’s next division game is on Friday, Jan. 28, at home against Rite of Passage.
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