Bruso grabs 17 rebounds in Korean All Star game |

Bruso grabs 17 rebounds in Korean All Star game

Tribune Staff Report

All-star basketball games generally are high scoring, but the Korean Basketball League’s midseason classic’s numbers nearly went through the roof Sunday night.

Brian Bruso’s club won a 178-169 double overtime thriller in Seoul. The South Tahoe High and University of San Diego graduate had 17 rebounds.

Members of the winning team received 500,000 won, which translates into a $350 gift certificate from a department store.

Bruso’s Kwangju Flamans’ club entered the all-star break as the hottest team in the Korean League. With wins in six of their past games Flamans has vaulted from the lower division to third place in the 10-team league.

Bruso, a 6-7 rookie center, hit the game-winning shot on a rebound bucket with three seconds remaining in a 72-70 triumph on Friday. The 1991-92 Northern Nevada League co-MVP had a career-high 32 points and grabbed 17 rebounds.

But Flamans’ six-game winning streak ended on Saturday on a three-point bucket by the opposition with 1 second left. In defeat, Bruso had 21 points and 11 rebounds.

With 15 games remaining, Flamans is 17-13. Six teams qualify for the postseason.

“The last two times around they have beaten the No. 1 and No. 2 teams by significant points. Apparently they are playing great ball,” said Paul Bruso, who watched Flamans win all four of their games during a recent visit to Korea.

Middle school volleyball tournament Feb. 7

Through the efforts of Whittell High volleyball coach Dan McLaughlin, the Optimist Club’s Seventh and Eighth Grade Volleyball Tournament is coming to Tahoe on Feb. 7.

Twelves teams, including South Tahoe and Kingsbury, are entered in the middle school tournament. In addition to two entries each by South Tahoe and Kingsbury, Carson City and Carson Valley will bring two teams. Battle Mountain has committed two eighth-grade teams, while Eagle Valley has entered its seventh-graders and Sierra Mountain (Truckee) its eighth-graders.

McLaughlin feels volleyball has become very strong around the lake and in Douglas County. Five of the area six high schools played in last fall’s Nevada state championships.

“I hope to give everybody a chance to play a lot of tournaments and hopefully improve their skills, so we can continue to be as strong as we have been in the sport throughout the basin,” McLaughlin said.

Action will start at 9 a.m. at South Tahoe Middle School. Both gyms will be used.

Softball meeting on Thursday

Anyone interested in serving on the High Sierra Amateur Softball Association board of directors, should attend a meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at Lake Tahoe Community College.

For more information, phone Bob Novasel at 577-4857.

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