South Tahoe starts Jamboree 2-0 |

South Tahoe starts Jamboree 2-0

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Steve Yingling / Tribune sports editorPeter Pielaet Strayer of South Tahoe pulls the trigger from the foul line against Yosemite on Thursday in the Lake Tahoe Basketball Jamboree.

By Steve Yingling

A 2-0 start in the 26th annual Lake Tahoe Basketball Jamboree may be what South Tahoe’s young boys’ basketball team needs.

Behind the inside play of Peter Pielaet-Strayer, South Tahoe defeated a pair of California teams in the opening day of the three-day tournament at South Tahoe High School.

Pielaet-Strayer scored 20 points as South Tahoe beat Santa Ynez from the Santa Barbara area in its South Lake Tahoe Jamboree opener Friday morning.

Kyante Wilson, a sophomore to be at South Tahoe High, followed up a Pielaet-Strayer miss with 31 seconds remaining to provide the deciding points.

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South Tahoe missed a 1-and-1 free throw attempt with 18.7 seconds remaining, giving Santa Ynez a chance to tie or win in the closing seconds. But Santa Ynez passed up a three-point attempt with 5 seconds left and turned the ball over in the final seconds.

The inside play of the Vikings exploited the Santa Ynez’s defense. In addition to Pielaet-Strayer’s big game, Alvin Tautolo scored seven points, Wade Norberg six and Justin Dalton five.

South Tahoe followed up its first win with a 39-29 victory against Yosemite. Pielaet-Strayer led South Tahoe with 12 points, while Jalen Quistgard chipped in seven and Lee Espinosa made two crucial second-half three-pointers for six points.

South Tahoe led 17-10 at the half, but Yosemite scored the first five points after intermission as the hosts didn’t score for seven minutes. Espinosa’s trifecta with 9 minutes remaining gave South Tahoe a 26-21 lead and his top-of-the-key three built the margin to eight points with 5:30 to go.

South Tahoe (2-0) will play twice on Friday: the California School For the Deaf at 9:40 a.m. and 2-0 Hermiston, Ore., at 2:50 p.m. Both games are scheduled for the blue gym.

South Tahoe girls drop two games in girls’ tourney

The host South Tahoe girls’ team was beaten by Oakridge and White Pine in the first round of tournament play.

Oakridge built a big early lead and coasted to a 47-22 win, while White Pine pulled away in the second half en route to a 51-19 victory against South Tahoe.

Bailey David and Brooke King each scored six points against White Pine, which used its interior strength to wear down South Tahoe.

South Tahoe used a mix of young and graduated players, including Alexis Holmes, Cassandra Diaz and Tori Lenstrom.

On Friday, South Tahoe will play Alhambra at 12:10 p.m. and Turlock Christian at 3:40 p.m.

The boys’ championship game is slated for 12:10 p.m. Saturday, and the girls’ final at 1 p.m.

26th Lake Tahoe Basketball Jamboree

Note: Partial list of scores

Thursday’s boys’ games

At South Tahoe High

South Tahoe 46, Santa Ynez 44

Hermiston, Ore., 51, Santa Ynez 24

Hermiston 70, California School For the Deaf 34

South Tahoe 39, Yosemite 29

Thursday’s girls’ games

Redmond 29, Turlock Christian 17

Oakridge 36, Willamette 35

Miramonte 46, Yosemite 34

Oakridge 47, South Tahoe 22

Miramonte 45, Healdsburg 31

White Pine 51, South Tahoe 19