Allister adds fourth game for Classic |

Allister adds fourth game for Classic

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Not even NBA teams follow a schedule that the South Tahoe High Vikings will endure over the next several days.

South Tahoe, 0-1 entering a road game at Gelana on Tuesday, are scheduled to play twice on Thursday and singles games on Friday and Saturday in the annual Rotary Viking Classic.

Fourth-year coach Derek Allister isn’t complaining, though.

“The more we can play, the more it helps us,” he said. “I’m not as concerned about the tournament as I am in playing games and getting the kids as much experience as I can.”

Allister added a 7 p.m. game with Galt on Thursday night to go along with a 3:30 tilt with Buhach Colony that afternoon.

Fans can see both games for one admission price, along with the Atwater-Soquel matchup at 5:15 p.m. Admission is $5.

Recommended Stories For You

On Friday, South Tahoe will play Soquel of the Santa Cruz at 7 p.m. Friday and Atwater at 4 p.m. Saturday.

After two tough opponents to start the season, Allister thinks his team can hold its own in the Classic.

“The teams are similar to us and teams we can compete with are going to be in here. They are comparable Carson and Douglas and I think it will be an interesting week for us,” Allister said.

Allister is considering expanding the six-team Classic to a field of eight in the future. But there is a major drawback to doing so, he said.

“I hate to do that. I don’t know when we’d be playing and I like playing late games when fans can get there to watch us,” Allister said.

Notes: Allister thinks Galena, Reed, Reno and Elko are the top teams in the region … the former Division I coach is trying a new coaching tactic he learned from former Nevada coach Sonny Allen. Allister is taking a low-key approach with his postgame comments to avoid irrational or possibly inaccurate statements.

“I’ve lowered my blood pressure and I’m kind of feeling good about myself,” he said. “Sometimes when we win, we say great job when the guys didn’t play so well.”

STHS girls lose opener

Tiffany Pinson and Erin Jamison each scored in double figures, but South Tahoe dropped a 45-41 decision to Argonaut in its season opener Monday night.

Pinson scored 14 points and made four steals, while Jamison contributed 10 points.

The Vikings play host to North Tahoe on Thursday.