South Tahoe settles for second in Jamboree
Even though Hermiston, Ore., defeated South Tahoe by a comfortable margin of 15 points on Friday at the Lake Tahoe Basketball Jamboree, the team wasn’t pleased with its performance.
There wasn’t any disappointment on Saturday afternoon in the rematch of the teams in the boys’ championship game as Hermiston ran away from South Tahoe, 57-31.
“We didn’t put the pressure on them yesterday that we are capable of,” said Hermiston coach Larry Usher, who has seven players on his roster who will be seniors at Hermiston in the winter. “Our team played very hard today.”
The championship victory was Hermiston’s third tournament title of the summer. Hemiston earlier picked up championships in Yakima and Kennewick, Wash., as part of its 60-game summer schedule.
Hermiston jumped out to a 9-2 lead, capitalizing on South Tahoe’s 2-3 zone defense by making its first three three-point shots. The Eastern Oregon club executed its fastbreak offense and made it tough for South Tahoe to score in its half-court offense en route to building a 30-12 halftime edge.
“They are obviously a very talented team,” said South Tahoe coach Chris Proctor. “We got off to a bad start, and once you get down like that, it’s hard to come back.”
Hermiston finished with seven successful shots from behind the three-point arc. Kurt Simmons converted three of them on his way to scoring 11 points and Austin Boedigheimer made two trifectas and led Hermiston with 14 points. Trevor Phillips gave Hermiston an inside-outside presence and scored 11 points.
One of the few things Hermiston didn’t execute was Phillips’ breakaway dunk attempt late in the second half. His try at the slam bounced off the back rim, but by then the outcome was long decided.
South Tahoe was led by the inside play of Wade Norbeg, who scored eight points. Peter Pielaet-Strayer netted seven points, and Jalen Quistgard scored six.
Despite the one-sided defeat, Proctor was pleased with his team’s tournament performance, which included three victories, and the direction the program is headed.
“This is very big for us,” said Proctor, whose team won two close games and finished with three tournament wins. “This is the biggest summer we’ve ever had – 16 guys waiting for me at each practice and some have not missed a practice since May.
“What more could you ask for?”
South Tahoe girls win
South Tahoe’s girls’ team earned its first win of the three-day tournament on Saturday, beating the California School For the Deaf, 42-38.
Mel Sabac made a pull-up jump shot in transition to give South Tahoe a three-point bulge late in the game.
With the score tied with several minutes to go, coach Andy Braun changed defenses, throwing the Fremont, Calif., school out of its preferred offensive set.
“It came down to defense. We switched to a zone and kept them out of the paint,” Braun said.
Sabac led South Tahoe with 10 points and Bailey David chipped in eight.
The 21-team girls’ tournament provided two exciting semifinal games. Carondolet and Hermiston, Ore., each posted double-overtime wins to reach the finals.
Carondolet outlasted Miramonte 58-55 and Hermiston fended off Oakridge No. 2 44-39 to set up Saturday’s championship matchup.
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