Giannoni’s Vikings lose to Hornets
February 17, 2003
SACRAMENTO — The desired final result wasn’t attained, but John Giannoni III didn’t let defeat spoil a game in front of family and friends Saturday night at Sacramento State.
“It was really excited. Too bad we couldn’t pulled out a victory,” said Giannoni, a day after his Portland State Vikings lost to Sacramento State 72-58 in a Big Sky men’s basketball game. “Two teammates and myself from California had family and friends there.”
Giannoni, a former South Tahoe High player, scored seven points and assisted on two other baskets, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Vikings from losing their seventh straight game.
Giannoni’s parents purchased 100 reserved seats for the game, giving the former Northern Nevada 4A All-League player a powerful voice in the 1,500-seat Hornet Gym.
“I heard my dad the most. He’s the one I always here for sure,” Giannoni said. “He’s telling me to go for the steal or get going, those kinds of things. It’s nice.”
Derek Lambeth scored 17 points to lead Sacramento State (10-13) to its first 10-win season since moving to Division I in 1991.
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Lambeth was one of five Hornets who scored in double figures. Chris Lange had 13 points, Raashad Hooks added 12, and Jimmy White and Cedric Thompkins each scored 11. Thompkins also had a team-high seven rebounds.
The Vikings struggled from the floor, hitting just 20-of-55 shots and 1 of 15 from three-point range. Giannoni was 1 of 4 from the floor but made 5 of 6 at the foul line.
“I think I’ve started to figure some things out,” Giannoni said. “I’ve learned how to get to the hoop a little better and how to draw some fouls.”
The Hornets also improved their position in the Big Sky playoff race, moving into a three-way tie for fifth place at 4-5 with Northern Arizona and Idaho State.
Kevin Briggs scored 18 points to lead Portland State (4-20, 2-9), but also had five turnovers.
“We have to win out and hope other teams lose,” said Giannoni of the Vikings’ slim chances of making the Big Sky tournament. The seventh-place Vikings play their remaining three conference games at home. Only the top six teams advance to the postseason.
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