Wolverines fall 55-42 to Dust Devils
The Truckee boys’ basketball team dropped their sixth consecutive game on Tuesday, Feb. 6, falling 55-42 on the road against Dayton.
The Dust Devils opened the night with a 5-0 run and never looked back, outscoring the Wolverines 8-2 during a slow first quarter.
Truckee played better during the second quarter, but Dayton’s man-to-man defense continued to give the Wolverines problems, routinely forcing turnovers and difficult shots.
“If we pressure and force turnovers, we do very well in our shooting,” said Dayton Assistant Coach Kevin Ply. “We get into a rhythm.”
Truckee didn’t hit a field goal in the period until 1:49 left in the half when senior Conor Pugh split the defense with a Euro step to score an easy bucket. Truckee went into halftime trailing 27-14.
The Wolverines pulled to within six points in the fourth quarter, but Truckee’s inability to get quality looks at the basket ultimately doomed the team to a sixth straight defeat.
Dayton senior Trevor Burrows and freshman Lance Peterson each scored 20 on the night. Peterson took advantage of Truckee’s zone defense early on with four, 3-pointers to put the Wolverines in a hole.
“Trevor (Burrows) is our go-to guy, and everybody knows he’s our go-to guy,” said Ply. “So, he gets double and triple teamed every single game, and for him to score like he does is amazing. We just don’t have a lot of scoring options right now, we only have two seniors.”
Senior Gabriel Cruz led Truckee with 16 points, followed by Pugh with eight points. Truckee finishes the year 1-2 against Dayton. The Wolverines defeated the Dust Devils by 19 at home on Jan. 9, but Dayton was without Peterson (tendonitis) and Chase Peterson (flu).
With one game left in the regular season, Truckee (6-15, 3-12 Northern League) has been eliminated from postseason contention (the top six teams from the Class 3A Northern League enter the regional tournament).
The Wolverines will conclude their season at home on Saturday, Feb. 10 against Fernley. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.