Vikes show improvement in Classic
December 4, 2003
By Jared Green
Tribune staff writer
The South Tahoe High boys’ basketball team lost its third straight game to start the season on Thursday afternoon despite showing marked improvement over the Vikings’ first two efforts.
Buhach Colony High (Atwater) came into the first game of the Viking Classic and beat the hosts, 75-64. The game was a stop-and-go affair thanks to constant foul calls on both teams as the frenetic pace caused some sloppy play. The teams combined for 68 trips to the free-throw line, making just 34.
Forward Dan Tobin led the Vikings with a game-high 18 points, 10 of them from the line. The senior also pulled down 12 rebounds to go with five steals and two assists. Guard Casey Curcie finished with 12 points before fouling out, while Alex Urreaga contributed 11 points.
Point guard Ed Lopez had 14 points for the Thunder, while Jason Faust scored 12. Buhach Colony’s Jimmy Ohki and Donnie Rogers each scored 11.
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Thursday’s afternoon game had some positive aspects for the Vikings. They took their first lead of the season at 10-8 early in the first quarter when Urreaga stole a Thunder pass and went in for a breakaway layup. South Tahoe extended that lead to 17-12 by the end of the period and held it for most of the second quarter.
But the Vikings’ nemesis, turnovers, led to a Bucach Colony 8-0 run that gave the Thunder a 37-32 lead just before halftime. South Tahoe was winning the turnover battle up to that point but ended up committing 21 while only forcing 15.
“We couldn’t hold onto the ball and just couldn’t hold on to that lead,” South Tahoe head coach Derek Allister said. “We have lapses in concentration and lose our focus. That’s when we get in trouble.”
The visitors came out firing in the second half. Faust hit a 3-pointer, then an old-fashioned 3-point play and Ohki scored another long-range bomb for a 48-35 lead that pretty much put the game away. The Vikings were called for six personal fouls in the opening 2:50 of the half, putting Bucach Colony in the bonus. The Thunder shot 25 free throws in the second half, converting enough of them to keep South Tahoe at a distance.
“We’re in search of an identity right now,” Allister said. “But something tells me that with the character we have on this team, we’ve got a shot to be a solid team somewhere along the line.”
Galt 80, Vikings 71
The South Tahoe boys nearly pulled off a major upset in their second game of the day as they led with four minutes to play.
The Vikings played like a different team in the night game, cutting down on turnovers and pumping up the fast-break on offense, but Galt managed to go ahead, 69-65, with two minutes left and were 7 for 9 from the free-throw line to avoid a South Tahoe comeback.
Casey Curcie led South Tahoe with 19 points, with Dan Tobin scoring 15 and Matt Poe 10.
Galt point guard Peter Mizzoli scored 19, while Ronnie Harren and Pat Keane had 12 and 10, respectively.
BUHACH COLONY 75, SOUTH TAHOE 64
BUHACH COLONY (75)-E. Lopez 6-11 1-2 14, Faust 3-9 5-9 12, Ohki 1-2 8-10 11, Rogers 5-5 1-7 11, Orme 3-7 0-0 6, Floro 2-4 0-0 6, Lopes 2-5 1-2 5, Lloyd 1-2 3-4 5, Resendez 1-2 0-0 2, Marino 1-7 0-0 2, Jones 0-0 1-2 1, Rouse 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 25-54 20-38 75.
SOUTH TAHOE (64)-Tobin 4-14 10-16 18, Curcie 5-8 0-0 12, Urreaga 5-10 1-3 11, Poe 4-4 0-0 9, Van Gorden 2-2 1-2 6, Tinlin 2-3 2-4 6, Finkel 1-7 0-3 2, Wood 0-3 0-2 0, Freeman 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-51 14-30 64.
BUHACH COLONY 12 25 24 14 – 75
SOUTH TAHOE 17 16 14 17 – 64
3-point goals-Buhach Colony 5 (Floro 2, Faust 1, Ohki 1, E. Lopez 1), South Tahoe 4 (Curcie 2, Van Gorden 1, Poe 1). Rebounds-Buhach Colony 33 (Orme 6), South Tahoe 28 (Tobin 12). Turnovers-Buhach Colony 15, South Tahoe 21.
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