Capellino nets 26 points in loss |

Capellino nets 26 points in loss

South Tahoe High rarely sees a zone defense in Northern Nevada play, but the Vikings faced one for 32 minutes on Saturday.

Argonaut’s 2-3 zone defense frustrated all but Vikings’ top scorer Vince Capellino in a 61-49 nonleague setback in South Lake Tahoe.

Capellino scored a game-high 26 points – many on his points coming off generous feeds from Tony Stagnaro. The 6-foot-6 senior hit 11 of his 17 field goal attempts, but his teammates were a collective 9 of 31 from the field.

“The zone just took them out of their rhythm,” said STHS coach Chris Proctor. “Other than out-of-bounds (play), I can’t think of another time in our league when we’ve faced a 2-3 zone.”

Even though the Vikings struggled with their shooting, they were tied with the Stangs at 33 heading into the final quarter.

But Argonaut repeatedly broke the Vikings’ full-court pressure in the final eight minutes to pull away with a 28-point scoring flurry.

“We talked about denying the ball to the middle,” Proctor said. “There wasn’t anybody who didn’t at least one time let their man get the ball with being right there, and that’s an intensity thing.”

STHS (2-9) tried to rally in the final quarter as Capellino and Chris Klug drained three-point shots, but Argonaut always had an answer.

Capellino scored 21 points in a 47-35 loss to Damonte Ranch in the Vikings’ Sierra League opener last Thursday in Reno.

The Vikings (0-1 league) will take a holiday break and resume play against Foothill on Jan. 4 in South Lake Tahoe. Foothill’s program is led by former Viking standout Drew Hibbs.

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