South Tahoe defeats Sparks
With a lopsided 63-37 win over Sparks Tuesday, the South Tahoe Vikings are preparing for a league showdown against Churchill County on Saturday.
South Tahoe improves to 6-9, 4-3 IA Northern with the win.
With the regular season about half over, the Vikings are essentially in a four-way race for the third- or fourth-place playoff spot with Churchill County (Fallon), Dayton and Spring Creek.
“If we beat Fallon, it kind of puts us back in control of our own destiny,” South Tahoe coach Joby Cefalu said.
“I think it will be a difficult match up for us, so we’re going to prepare hard throughout the week.”
Playing in their first home game since mid-December, the Vikings were neck and neck with Sparks (1-13, 1-6 IA Northern) through the first two quarters, taking a slim 23-19 lead into halftime.
South Tahoe started the third quarter with an 18-5 run to build a 45-27 lead. That lead continued to grow through the fourth quarter as Sparks struggled with turnovers and missed shots.
“I think the boys came out in the second half and really did a good job of finishing possessions and taking advantage of our strengths on defense,” Cefalu said. “We controlled the boards and we took it to them defensively.”
South Tahoe saw strong performances from freshman Harry Moses-Chakmakis and its big inside players Stone Merkley, Tyler Hogbin and Dakoda Baca.
Moses-Chakmakis, Hogbin and Baca led the Vikings in scoring, each with a game-high 14 points. Jared Fajman scored eight. Merkley and Kirby David each scored four and Denzel Perez scored three.
South Tahoe’s home game against Churchill County (4-7, 3-3 IA Northern) starts at 3:30 p.m.