Vikings win final game of Classic |

Vikings win final game of Classic

Tahoe Daily Tribune Staff Reports

By Jared Green

Tribune staff writer

The Vikings got their first win of the season after two close losses in their home tournament, a 67-60 victory over Atwater High on Saturday afternoon.

South Tahoe finally unveiled their full-court press in the tournament and it led to a fourth-quarter comeback against the Falcons as the Vikings converted turnovers into points. Guard Matt Poe, a transfer from Clear Lake High, led the way with his quickness and hit two key free throws in the final minute to stretch the South Tahoe lead to three points.

“Matt was really key in the win,” South Tahoe head coach Derek Allister said. “He’s probably our quickest kid and he’s got such fast hands.”

Casey Curcie led the Vikings with 21 points, including 5 3-pointers, while Dan Tobin and Jared Wood scored 16 and 14, respectively.

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South Tahoe missed out on another upset opportunity on Friday, falling 79-75 to Soquel High. Guard Eric Domingo, who scored all eight of his points in the fourth quarter, tied the score with a 3-pointer with just over a minute to play, then Alex Urreaga hit a free throw for a 75-74 lead.

But a Viking breakdown on defense led to an easy basket for Soquel and a late 3-pointer by the Knights put the game away.

Tobin scored 20 points for the Vikings, shooting 13 for 15 from the free throw line and Wood scored a game-high 22.

Carson 54, South Tahoe 26

The Vikings couldn’t handle the defensive pressure by the visiting Carson High girls’ squad, struggling to score with point guard Tiffany Pinson neutralized.

Becky Burns and Allison Kern each scored six points for South Tahoe (1-3), which trailed 9-8 after one quarter. But Carson started to pull away after that, taking a 22-12 lead into halftime and shutting down the Vikings with full-court pressure and half-court traps.

Senior Katie Kotter led the Senators with 23 points.

South Tahoe will play seven games in five days starting Tuesday, including a trip to the Carson Tournament.

“I’m not sure they’re ready for (that many games), but we want to give them a lot of tests early on,” South Tahoe head coach Chris Proctor said. “We’re learning something new with every game we play.”

Whittell boys split at Dayton Invitational

The Warriors claimed their first win of the season, beating Silver Springs High, 62-48, on Friday. Senior guard Dan Shapiro scored a game-high 22 points for Whittell, while brother Chris pitched in with 16.

Whittell played Friday’s game without head coach Dennis Young, who drew two technical fouls in Thursday’s game.

Things didn’t go as well on Saturday in the fifth-place game as the Warriors were overwhelmed, 65-31, by Bishop High. Nothing went right for Whittell on offense or defense as Ryan Gosh (10 points), was the only player to break double figures.

“It was just one of those days,” Young said of Saturday’s struggles. “We couldn’t do anything right. We couldn’t pass, we couldn’t shoot and we played zero defense. It was just a tough deal.”