Wolverines drop three, move on to zone play
Despite three end-of-the-season road losses last week, the Tahoe-Truckee boys’ basketball team gets a clean slate at division playoffs this weekend.
The Wolverines, which lost to ROP, Battle Mountain and Spring Creek last week, need to win only one division game at Spring Creek this weekend to advance to the state championship tournament in Reno.
In the first playoff game, Friday night, Truckee will face rival North Tahoe. Should Truckee win, it will advance to the state championship tournament.
Should it lose, it will still have a chance to advance by winning a second-round game Saturday afternoon against a yet-to-be-determined school.
The Wolverines wrap up league play at 3-7, while opponent North Tahoe stands at 9-1.
“This is a new season right now,” said head coach Mike Flohr.
And perhaps that’s a good thing, as the Wolverines fell to ROP Feb. 10, 48-45.
Down by 10 in the fourth, the Wolverines fought to tie the game with free throws, but eventually lost.
Against Battle Mountain Friday the 13th, Truckee lost another close one, 50-48.
It seemed as though Truckee could pull this one out, but four missed free throws in the last 30 seconds sealed the team’s fate.
Up by a single point with 15 seconds left, a Battle Mountain player sank a 15-footer to close out the game. Marc Logan led the Wolverines’ scoring with 16 points.
The Wolverines also lost to tough Spring Creek Feb. 14, 63-45.
Flohr said Spring Creek is a better team than Truckee in every phase of the game.
“We’re not a very good basketball team,” Flohr said bluntly. “We’re not doing the things we need to do to win games. We haven’t gotten better and we’re not playing well right now.”
Still, Flohr said anything can happen this weekend.
“If we give it our best and win this one, we can advance to state and play at Lawlor (Events Center, Reno),” said Flohr.
The state tournament will be Wednesday, Feb. 25, through Saturday, Feb. 28, in Reno.
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