Palm Desert slips past South Tahoe at Shootout |

Palm Desert slips past South Tahoe at Shootout

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Steve Yingling / Tahoe Daily TribuneSouth Tahoe's Kyante Wilson battles four Palm Desert players for possession of the ball during the South Tahoe Shootout on Friday.

It was a back-and-forth tussle more suited for February.

Neither South Tahoe or Palm Desert was able to pull away in the second-day South Tahoe Shootout boys’ basketball game Friday evening.

In the end, free-throw shooting determined the outcome as Jonathan Serven buried two charity shots with 22.9 seconds remaining to give Palm Desert a 33-30 victory. South Tahoe’s Brandon Cramer and Kory DiGrande each misfired on three-point shots in the final seconds as Palm Desert escaped a potential overtime period.

Palm Desert missed a chance to pull away in the closing minutes, making only one free throw out of five attempts prior to Serven’s clutch tosses.

When Wade Norberg converted his first free throw with :26 remaining, the shot pulled South Tahoe within 31-30. Norberg, however, missed the second try, and South Tahoe was forced to foul.

DiGrande scored half of his team’s 14 points in the first half. Cale Backinger led South Tahoe with eight points, and Alvin Tautolo added five points.

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South Tahoe (0-2) will play three games on Saturday: at 9 a.m. vs. Oakland, 3 p.m. vs. Campolindo and 5 p.m. vs. Foothill. It will conclude tournament play at noon Sunday vs. Damonte Ranch.

Admission is free.