Giannoni III gives Raiders a quick ‘Reed’
First, South Tahoe High guard John Giannoni III matched Reed’s output, then made sure his teammates were involved as they cruised to a 65-41 home win Tuesday.
Giannoni, a senior, matched Reed’s offensive output in the first half, then spurred the rest of the offense into action as South Tahoe rolled to a 4-1 record. Giannoni scored 17 points in the first half on his way to a season-high 25 as Vikings head coach Tom Orlich edged within two wins of 500 career victories.
“I just wanted to pick it up on defense,” Giannoni said. “If I’m playing good defense, that turns into offense for me.”
Giannoni hit five of his seven first-half shots to stake South Tahoe to a 31-17 halftime lead, then his penetration paid dividends for the rest of the team. He was 4 of 6 in the second quarter, but the misses provided easy putbacks for South Tahoe’s inside players.
“I think that helps when they go in, makes it a lot easier for us,” said South Tahoe center Bob Larmore, who finished with six points and four rebounds. “It made me just want to get in there more, made me want to hustle more.”
The Vikings (4-1 overall) never trailed, and never led by fewer than 11 points in the second half. Travis McCollum was the only other Vikings player in double figures, finishing with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
“We’re trying to play more team basketball, and it’s going to take a while,” Orlich said. “I think we got better throughout the course of the game.”
Senior guard Teddy Stolpman led Reed with 14 points, and senior Ethan Milyko had nine more for the Raiders. Reed, though, never could get back into the game after making just three field goals in the first quarter.
South Tahoe linked three to four passes several times, and one five-pass possession paid off in an open layup. Giannoni’s backcourt mate, senior Matt Williams, reeled off six fourth-quarter points with Giannoni out of the game.
“We’re just trying to get better shots and have a little more patience on offense,” Orlich said. “If we do that, I think we’ll do fine.”
South Tahoe resumes league play at the Gridley High School tournament in Gridley, Calif., Thursday through Saturday. South Tahoe meets host Gridley at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the opening round.
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