Vikings best Dayton 63-44 |

Vikings best Dayton 63-44

Joe Proudman / Tahoe Daily Tribune

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (TDT)- The Vikings boys basketball team got off to a sluggish start, down at the end of the firs quarter, but that gave way to a big second half by South Tahoe leading to a 63-44 win for the Vikings.

“We were concerned about this team,” said Tahoe coach Chris Proctor. “We beat them last year in the playoffs and we thought they’d come up here with intensity.”

That worry was amplified a bit by the loss of big man Cale Backinger, who was forced to sit after being ejected from Friday’s game against Fernley. Proctor said Backinger averages around six points a game, but his biggest contributions come with his size down low.

In practice this week, Proctor asked his team who was going to play big in Backinger’s place. Senior Jacob Stowell spoke out Proctor said. And sure enough he rose to the occasion, with game high 19 points.

“I was really proud he walked the walk and talked the talk,” Proctor said. “I was really proud to see Jacob step up and have a good game.”

Dayton didn’t get to the line at all in the first half, and when they did in the second, couldn’t find the bottom of the net much. They were two for 11 at the line on the night, compared to South Tahoe’s 12 for 17.

“Free throws have been a problem for us all year, but they’re getting better all the time,” Dayton head coach Jason Santos said. “Offensive rebounds were key for them (South Tahoe). And we missed a few free throw and there were a couple of costly turnovers.”

Bobby Perez had 13 points on the night for South Tahoe, as did Brandon Cramer. John Cefalu put up eight.

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