Funny enough, but it was actually a positive turning point for the Vikings when Spring Creek stole the ball, dribbled the length of the floor and slammed home a two-handed dunk.
After the play, South Tahoe immediately took it to the Spartans in a 54-41 win on the road Saturday.
They scored the next eight points, while Spring Creek coughed up four turnovers, surrendered two offensive rebounds and committed an offensive foul in the same time span.
The Vikings outscored Spring Creek 22-10 in the quarter en route to picking up its first Northern I-A victory of the season.
"Something like that - you usually feed off of it and it brings energy and it seemed to do the opposite," Spring Creek coach Scott Carsrud said.
South Tahoe's Brandon Cramer scored nine of his 12 points and Jason Rogers scored six of his game-high 13 points in the third quarter.
"The third quarter was crucial," South Tahoe coach Chris Proctor said. "We got a couple quick turnovers and it really set the tone."
The boys move to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in Northern I-A. They will play at home Friday against El Dorado at 7 p.m.
Ladies stay strong in first half
The lady Vikings put up a first-have fight against Spring Creek, but in the end they were outmatched 61-30 by the former state champions.
South Tahoe's Bailey David gave South Tahoe an early 11-8 lead on a runner at the end of the first quarter.
Offensive struggles for Spring Creek continued in the second quarter where South Tahoe benefited from 10 Spartan turnovers.
The Lady Spartans were still able to go ahead by seven points on back-to-back jumpers by Kira Floge, but South Tahoe rallied to get within three points on a putback by Hannah Neiger late in the quarter. Spring Creek led by three points at halftime.
"It was a great first half. I don't think anyone - based on our playoff game result last year. I don't think anyone in this gym gave us a shot," South Tahoe coach Mike Neiger.
South Tahoe's momentum stalled in the second half, though, and the Spartans came out strong.
"I think their experience showed with their execution. They outplayed us in the second half," Mike Neiger said. "For 16 minutes we play well, but we have got to put together 32 minutes and weather the storm a bit (on opposing rallies)."
South Tahoe drops to 1-5 on the season and 0-2 in the league after losing back-to-back games against Elko and Spring Creek. The two losses came despite South Tahoe playing competitively in the first half of both.
"At least we know that we can play with both of these teams," Mike Neiger said.
South Tahoe next plays Tuesday in Placerville, Calif.
South Tahoe boys 54, Spring Creek 41
ST 11 17 22 4 --54
SC 11 10 10 10 --41
South tahoe (54): Espiritu: 1 0-0 3, Williams 2 0-1 4, Digrande 2 0-0 4, Cefalu 3 0-1 6, Fajman 1 0-0 2, Bronken 1 3-8 5, Cramer 5 1-3 12, Rogers 5 3-4 13, Higgins 1 1-2 3, Sharp 0 2-2 2.
Spring Creek girls 61, South Tahoe 30
ST 8 14 5 3 --30
SC 11 16 12 22 --61
South Tahoe (30): King 2 3-8 7, David 3 4-6 11, Chapman 0 0-1 0, Leornard 0 0-2 0, King 1 0-0 2, Neiger 4 2-4 10.
- Free Press Sports Writer Matt Unrau contributed to this report.