Carson thwarts STHS upset bid
CARSON CITY – For the first 28 minutes Tuesday night, South Tahoe High gave Carson everything it wanted and more.
The last four minutes? Well, it wasn’t pretty.
The Senators outscored the Vikings 11-1 in the final four minutes to grab a 67-51 boys’ basketball win at Morse Burley Gymnasium.
Carson improved to 6-1 in the Sierra League heading into its second-place showdown game at Douglas on Friday, while the Vikings dropped to 1-6 going into a home clash with Damonte Ranch on Friday.
In the aforementioned four-minute stretch, South Tahoe went six straight possessions without getting up a shot and Carson scored seven points to up the lead to 63-49 with 1:18 left.
“I really don’t know what happened,” South Tahoe coach Chris Proctor said. “This is a young team that is trying to learn to win. Each game we get a little closer.”
Brian Barnes, who led the Senators with 21 points, started the surge with a free throw to make it 57-49. South Tahoe turned the ball over the next three times down the floor, but the Senators were unable to capitalize. On the fourth Vikings’ error, diminutive sophomore Andrew Johnson dropped in a three-pointer to make it 60-49. Johnson stole the ball on South Tahoe’s next possession and converted it into a layup and a 62-49 advantage. Barnes
capped the run with a free throw after another South Tahoe turnover.
Sophomore Jalen Quistgard ended the drought with two free throws to make it 63-51. Two free throws and a Tyler Collins putback in the final 45 seconds cemented the win.
“We didn’t do anything different,” Carson coach Brce Barnes said. “That spurt, I don’t know whether it was our defense or errant play on their part. We created a couple of steals into layups.”
In the first half, it seemed that it was the Vikings who got layups, consistently beating the Senators’ full-court pressure. In fact, the Vikings put together an 11-4 late in the first half to take a 32-29 lead with 2:28 remaining.
Garrett Tinlin started the surge with a layup, and his teammates kept it going. Blair Berry, Rylan Tepper, Peter Pielaet-Strayer, Ricky Braun and Thomas Eidam all scored. Eidam’s three-point play ended the surge.
It took a bucket by Barnes and a buzzer-beating putback by Trey Jensen to give Carson a 33-32 lead at the half.
“That was the worst defense in a half we’ve played in quite a while,” said Barnes, whose team gave up 32 in the first half after allowing Galena only 40 for the entire game last week. “We got out of the trap because we weren’t getting anything out of it.
“That’s how they play. They play so hard all the time.”
It was a one-point Carson lead, 41-40, when the Senators started to distance themselves from the pesky Vikings.
Barnes hit a three-pointer to make it 44-40, and after Berry’s basket (career-high 18 points) made it 44-42, Carson scored the next six points, four on drives to the basket by Barnes to take a 50-42 lead after three.
The teams played even basketball for the first 3 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter before Carson’s defense woke up and took control.
JVs battle Senators
Aggressive defense helped the South Tahoe junior varsity boys stay within striking range of Carson in a 59-46 defeat on Tuesday in Carson City.
Jacob Stowell led South Tahoe with 11 points and E.J. Bongcaron added 10.
Carson also won the girls’ freshman game, winning 27-16. Brooke King topped South Tahoe with 10 points.