Vikings fend off Greenwave
South Tahoe battled it out with Fallon for four quarters to earn a 71-67 league win at home Saturday. The win bumps the Vikings up in a close race for third place in league standings.
The Vikings and Greenwave traded baskets throughout the close game.
Jared Fajman scored two 3-pointers in the first quarter for South Tahoe. Dominic Diana sank a 3-pointer at the end of the quarter to put South Tahoe up 26-21.
The Vikings had a 44-40 lead at halftime and were tied with Fallon 52-52 going into the fourth quarter.
Fallon took a one-point lead early in the fourth, their only lead in the game. South Tahoe responded with a seven-point run to take a 64-58 lead.
Clay Davison hit a pair of 3-pointers to close that gap and put Fallon back within reach of the Vikings.
But the Greenwave couldn’t match a game-ending string of baskets by South Tahoe’s Dakoda Baca, Kirby David and Stone Merkley.
“I’m really impressed with my boys and the way they kept their composure when it started to get tight,” said South Tahoe coach Joby Cefalu.
“Fallon is a good team and we’re going to have to go out and face them again at Fallon, which is going to be a daunting task.”
Baca led South Tahoe in scoring with a game-high 19 points. Kirby David scored 11, Jared Fajman scored 10, Tyler Hogbin scored nine and Stone Merkley scored eight.
The win is South Tahoe’s third straight. It improves the Vikings’ record to 7-9 overall, 5-3 IA Northern.
Fallon falls to 5-8 overall, 4-4 IA Northern.
South Tahoe plays league games at Truckee (3-10, 1-7) Friday and at Lowry (15-2, 6-1) Saturday then returns home to play league-leading Elko (15-2, 8-0) and Spring Creek (5-9, 4-3) the following week.
“I hope we can continue to build on this strong effort,” Cefalu said of his team’s win over Fallon.
“We have tough back-to-back games away, then we have two more home games. Hopefully we can get more folks out to come watch these kids play. These boys put on a show out there.”