Determined STHS rally falls short |

Determined STHS rally falls short

Tom Orlich’s 500th win will have to wait at least two more games.

Travis McCollum missed a 3-point shot at the buzzer to tie as host Gridley escaped with a 79-76 win in the first round of the Gridley Invitational Basketball Tournament on Thursday in Gridley, Calif. Senior guard Thomas Quiring hit two free throws with 3.2 seconds left for Gridley’s final points as the hosts escaped into the second round of their home tournament.

Orlich, South Tahoe’s head coach, entered Thursday’s first round with 498 coaching victories. The Vikings (4-2) will play at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the consolation bracket against the loser of Thursday’s late game between Oakland’s McClymonds and Vallejo.

Quiring missed the front end of a one-and-one with 7 seconds remaining in the game, and South Tahoe appeared to corral the rebound, but referees called a jump ball, giving Gridley possession. South Tahoe had trimmed a 71-61 lead to one when Vikings senior guard Matt Williams hit his seventh 3-pointer. Williams finished with 22 points, and senior guard John Giannoni III led South Tahoe with 25 before fouling out with 3.2 seconds left.

Jason Parker, Gridley’s 6-7 senior forward, led the Bulldogs with 26 points and 15 rebounds as his team outrebounded South Tahoe 42-23.

The Vikings did force Gridley into 26 turnovers, with senior sixth man Andy Butcher stealing seven balls to go along with nine points and five rebounds.

Gridley improved to 5-0 with the first-round win.

South Lake Tahoe radio station KOWL (1490 AM) contributed to this story.

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