Piedmont Hills surges past Vikings
December 17, 2003
By Steve Yingling
Tribune sports editor
Take away a game-deciding first-quarter surge by Piedmont Hills on Wednesday night and South Tahoe High may have won its Nuggett Rail City Classic opener in Reno.
Piedmont Hills of San Jose went on a 13-0 run to end the first quarter on its way to a 69-57 boys’ basketball victory at Hug High School.
“I thought the kids hung in there, but I’m a little disappointed that we keep giving up these big runs. It seems to be our Achilles’ heel,” said STHS coach Derek Allister.
South Tahoe surrendered three consecutive three-pointers during Piedmont’s scoring flurry that ended with a 31-14 edge after one quarter. Piedmont Hills extended its lead to 22 points by halftime before the Vikings won the second half 32-22.
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“Defensively we got better in second half and we made fewer mistakes,” said Allister, whose club committed nine first-quarter turnovers but only four over the final 24 minutes.
Dan Tobin and Casey Curcie led the Vikings with 18 and 13 points, respectively. Nine of Curcie’s points were of the three-point variety.
STHS (2-7) will meet Huntington Beach, a hardluck loser to Rite of Passage, today at 3 p.m. at Hug.
The tournament continues through Saturday.