Pielaet-Strayer named to all-state tourney, First Team All League
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Peter Pielaet-Strayer has been honored for an exceptional game that included a furious scoring spree down the stretch in the 3A Nevada boys’ basketball semifinals.
The South Tahoe High School senior scored 14 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to lead his team back from a 15-point deficit to briefly take the lead Feb. 25 against Moapa Valley in Las Vegas. Pielaet-Strayer this week was named to the all-state tournament squad.
Moapa beat the Vikings in overtime and went on to defeat Lowry the next day to capture the state title.
While the Vikings were “very emotional” after the loss, their coach, Chris Proctor, said Pielaet-Strayer did not appear angry or sad. He seemed more shocked, saying, “I can’t believe it’s over.”
“We preach showing no emotion on the court,” Proctor said. “We don’t want (people) knowing what we are thinking. And when you look back at the film, we really did that. All the boys were very composed, but especially Peter.”
Pielaet-Strayer averaged 14.7 points and 12.2 rebounds in his last year as a prep player. He was named All Mount Rose League First Team by the league’s coaches. Viking sophomore Brandon Cramer was on the Second Team, and senior Kory DiGrande was voted Honorable Mention.
Pielaet-Strayer, who was the team’s co-captain as a junior, was the captain this year. The captain meets at halfcourt before each game with the opponent’s captain or captains and the officials. Pielaet-Strayer brought with him teammates DiGrande and Wade Norberg to the halfcourt circle before the state-qualifying game at Dayton.
Pielaet-Strayer was the team’s best outside scorer who shot with either hand when he drove to the basket.
“People would sometimes say he should post up more,” Proctor said, “but Peter was most effective catching the ball in the 10-to-12-foot range and creating.”
He also won this week a team honor: a mop, for the Most Outstanding Player.
Cramer, who averaged six points a game as a first-year varsity player, was a starter all season. He scored 12 points in a loss to Whittell and 25 in the two games vs. Mt. Rose League champion Incline. He logged more minutes than any Viking other than Pielaet-Strayer. He won the Floor Burns award, named after a book written by Jerod Haase, a member of the 1992 state champs and assistant coach at North Carolina.
“Brandon won that award for giving it everything he’s got every second he’s on the floor,” Proctor said.
DiGrande was given the Defensive Stopper Award.
South Tahoe’s strength was defense, holding opponents to 42 points a game, and DiGrande always guarded the best player, including Dayton’s Dylan Taylor in the upset victory.
“He took some of his soccer skills to the basketball court,” Proctor said. “He took good angles on the guy and was very tenacious.”
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