Vikings make Lodi work for Viking Classic win
Baskets didn’t come too freely for the South Tahoe High Vikings on Friday night, but Lodi didn’t consistently have the offensive answers either.
The two boys’ basketball teams locked up in a defensive struggle in the semifinals of the Viking Classic, and the Flames created more second-half offense to emerge a 39-35 winner.
“Overall, we are continuing to focus on defensive pressure,” said STHS coach Chris Proctor. “What we said that we wanted tonight was better defensive rotation, because we knew they were going to drive in and they were going to kick out, and I think they did a good job on it.”
South Tahoe (1-2) had a chance to tie inside the final minute, but a three-point attempt by senior McQuade Brubaker went off the back iron and into the hands of Lodi’s Collin Rhoads.
After a time-out, Ricky Braun fouled Rhoads with 7.2 seconds left, and Rhoads hit the first of the one-one-one free throw opportunity for a 39-35 lead. South Tahoe misfired on a trifecta as time expired.
South Tahoe took a 16-15 lead into intermission on a baseline three-pointer by Garrett Tinlin.
Lodi, much like it did against Carson on Thursday night, came out with more energy and more points in the third period. Ryan Gaarder scored seven of his game-high 20 points as Lodi built as much as a five-point lead.
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“I was concerned that they might get hot and start making some threes, but luckily we made a few threes ourselves,” Proctor said.
The Vikings clawed back midway through the final period behind on a six-point swing on two possessions. Junior Kory DiGrande canned a trey from the wing while being fouled. Following his successful free throw, Tinlin came up with a tloose ball and cashed in the turnover to make the score 37-35.
Gaarder made a free throw with 1:12 remaining, but STHS was unable to make either of its three-point shots in the final 72 seconds.
“For me, I think we could have been better prepared to get some more points from outside because Kory, Ricky and McQuade are going to have some shots. I just have to do a better job of designing offensive sets to get them those shots,” Proctor said.
Tinlin led the Vikings with nine points, while Braun and DiGrande chipped in eight.
South Tahoe will play Bradshaw Christian in its final Classic game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Lodi will meet Bear River at 3 p.m. in the finals.
In other games Friday, Carson defeated Bear River 54-42 behind Brian Barnes’ 19 points; Bradshaw Christian topped Soquel 52-41 and Soquel defeated the Carson JV 38-23.
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