Vikings use 21-point fourth period to overtake Truckee |

Vikings use 21-point fourth period to overtake Truckee

Sylas Wright / Tribune News ServiceRylan Tepper, a South Tahoe High junior guard, slashes to the basket against Truckee on Friday night in Truckee.

TRUCKEE – Fans of defensive basketball did not leave disappointed from the South Tahoe at Truckee boys’ game Friday night.

On a night when defensive effort outshined offensive efficiency, visiting South Tahoe overcame a third-quarter Truckee comeback to hold on for a 42-39 Mount Rose League win.

“We were worried coming in here,” said South Tahoe coach Chris Proctor, whose Vikings improved to 1-1 in the Mount Rose League and 7-7 overall. “With this new league, any team can beat anybody on any given night. We expected a good game tonight, and that’s what we got.”

The Vikings took control early, jumping out to a 9-2 lead and 14-6 by the end of the first quarter with a lockdown defense that prevented the Wolverines from getting a clean look at the basket. South Tahoe maintained the defensive intensity through the second quarter to take a 19-12 lead into the half.

The Wolverines turned the table on their new rival after the break, outscoring the Vikings 11-2 in the third quarter using a similar brand of tough defense. Mitch Nelson stole a pass and converted a layup to tie the score at 21-all with 1:50 remaining in the quarter, and Nelson followed the next time down the floor with a bucket to give Truckee its first lead at 23-21.

South Tahoe junior guard Miltaiye Vasquez opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer to retake the lead, and after two more ties and another lead change, the Vikings took over for good when Kory DiGrande drained a trifecta and Vasquez converted a three-point play to push the lead back to six, 32-26.

“It was a great game,” said Truckee coach Angelo Tenorio, whose Wolverines fell to 0-1 in league and 9-6 overall. “It’s fun to be part of a game like that, just the competition.”

Peter Pielaet-Strayer led the Vikings with 14 points, while Wade Norberg chipped in 12. Nelson scored 11 for Truckee and Colin Christian eight.

South Tahoe will play host to Whittell on Tuesday night.

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