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South Tahoe Boys beat Fernley

Joe Proudman
jproudman@tahoedailytribune.com

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (TDT) – The Vikings are undefeated in 2012, chopping down three quality opponents in Fallon, Sparks and on Friday night Fernley 61-47 in South Tahoe.

The Vikings did it behind the effort of emerging standout Brandon Cramer who had 21 points on the night. Senior Bobby Perez also had a big game with 14 points that included a three-pointer in each quarter.

“So far, three games into the season I’m completely happy, but at the same time I realize that’s only 3 out of 12,” head coach Chris Proctor said.



South Tahoe sits at 1-0 in league, after downing Sparks on Thursday night 70-54. The wins over Fallon and Fernley though are two 3A teams the Vikings might see in the playoffs.

On Friday though, the Vikings got off to a hot start, sparked by a bad start on the part of the Vaqueros. Fernley put South Tahoe in the bonus with about two and half minutes left in the first quarter, giving South Tahoe 21 foul shots just in the first half in which they only converted 11.



With the game tied at seven in the first quarter, South Tahoe went on a 16-3 run to go up 23-10. Though they went into the half only leading by 8 points.

The second half started out with South Tahoe passing the ball around for nearly a minute on their first possession, as they were looking for an easier shot, but eventually lost the ball on an illegal dribble on Cramer. The Vaqueros wouldn’t get closer that seven points to the Vikings lead though, which was sealed by a Cramer three-point play at 50-39 midway through the fourth quarter.

The Vikings did have some struggles in the game though, as their big man Cale Backinger was ejected after receiving his fifth foul of the game late in the third quarter. Backinger was leaving the court after his final foul when he let out a little bit of frustration verbally, not directed at anyone. The ref heard it and promptly ejected him. Backinger will have to miss their Tuesday game against Dayton because of the ejection.

Proctor said that while Backinger does have a short fuse at times, “He’s a great kid.”

“He’ll miss a game. It’s just tough, we just need him,” Proctor said.

Backinger is the third leading scorer on the team, averaging just under six points a game. He also provides a big body down low for the Vikings.

South Tahoe takes on Dayton on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in South Tahoe.

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Tim Parsons contributed to this report.


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