David suffers injury in San Diego
No coach likes to watch his best player get injured. Especially in a holiday tournament. Or when a two-week, six-game stretch of league games loom in little more than a week.
But that’s exactly what happened to South Tahoe boys basketball coach Tom Orlich, when he witnessed star forward Josh David go down with a shoulder injury in action Monday at the Nike Prep Classic in San Diego.
“The game was insignificant after David was injured,” said Orlich, whose squad lost 68-61 Monday to Monte Vista and will face Canoga Park today at 1:30 p.m. “You’re always willing to sacrifice a game to keep a player healthy.”
David sustained the injury while diving for a loose ball early in the third quarter of Monday’s game. On-site medical staff originally diagnosed the injury as a Class I shoulder separation, which would have sidelined the senior for two to three weeks. David met with San Diego-area orthopedic physicians later in the afternoon, who upgraded his condition to a strain. Doctors administered David with a cortisone shot, after which his prognosis improved to day-to-day.
Orlich said he does not plan to start David against Canoga Park, and may not play him the rest of the Nike tournament, which will end Wednesday.
“I want to make sure he is well-healed before I put him back into the lineup,” Orlich said. “I think he’ll be ready for league play, but I don’t want to risk further injury before that.”
Almost forgotten in the worry over David’s injury has been the performance of the South Tahoe team at the San Diego Tourney. The Vikings hung around with Monte Vista for four quarters, but could not get any closer than seven points after the first quarter. John Giannoni III led South Tahoe with 21 points. The loss sent the Vikings to the losers’ bracket, where they will play at least two more games.
In the Vikings’ non-bracket opener Sunday, South Tahoe could not overcome anemic shooting and several turnovers, falling to Ocean View (Huntington Beach, Calif.) 71-49.
Though the team is not playing very well as a unit, David’s injury may turn out to be a blessing in disguise, Orlich said.
“It could work for us if we put other players in and they get experience against some quality teams,” he said. “Then when David returns, our squad could be a little deeper.”
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