Curcie’s injury not as serious as initially thought
After initially thinking they lost standout senior guard Casey Curcie to a knee injury on Thursday night, the rest of the Folsom Tournament was gravy for the South Tahoe Vikings.
Curcie came back from a hyperextended knee in a 64-51 defeat to Folsom on Thursday to help the Vikings split their remaining two games in the boys’ basketball tournament.
A hard blockout sent Curcie hard to the floor against Folsom and coach Derek Allister had reason to be concerned when he saw his star grab his knee in agony.
“It was a huge relief for us (that he had a hyperextended knee),” said Allister of Curcie, who led the Vikings with 22 points against Folsom. “The fact that the kid went out and played says a lot about him.”
Wearing a knee brace, Curcie made a team-high five three-pointers as the Vikings crushed Highlands 70-39 on Friday night. K.J. Allister added 12 points on four three-pointers as the Vikings sank a season-high 16.
Jared Wood led the Vikings with 17 points, followed by Curcie with 15.
“We finally got back to the way we had been play, moving the ball and running up and down the floor,” Allister said.
The shots, however, stopped dropping on Saturday night as the Vikings were limited to 12 points through three quarters of a 48-29 defeat to Grant.
“It was like there was a cellophane lid over the basket,” Allister said. “But we exploded for 17 points in the fourth quarter.
“It was tragic because it was one of our better defensive games.”
STHS (9-6) will play host to Corcoran of the Modesto area on Dec. 29 before opening Northern Nevada 4A League play at Reno on Jan. 4.