South Tahoe basketball splits at Fallon; Vikings boys beat Greenwave 60-43
FALLON, Nev. — Two South Tahoe basketball teams walked onto Fallon’s home court Tuesday, Jan. 26, but only one left with bragging rights. The Vikings’ boys beat the Greenwave 60-43 to ensure the visitors didn’t leave empty-handed after South Tahoe’s girls fell to undefeated Fallon 50-24.
In the nightcap, South Tahoe (9-10, 6-3 I-A Northern) completed a regular season sweep of the hosts. After an even first half, the Vikings used a big third quarter to dispatch Fallon (8-12, 5-6) and roll to a 60-43 win.
“Fallon played a great game in the first half and stuck with us, and they were causing havoc for us,” Vikings coach Joby Cefalu said. “We turned to some guys who haven’t had a lot of minutes this year and they did a great job playing defense.”
South Tahoe dominated the first quarter in a fashion most teams can’t brag about — scoring almost all of their points through 3-pointers. Vikings junior Harry Moses-Chakmakis, senior Hirshal Sukha and junior Noah Jackson each hit from beyond the arc to put the visitors in front 16-10 after the opening frame.
Fallon held on in the first half, as the Vikings took a 31-27 lead into the break. In the third quarter, South Tahoe broke the game open by outscoring the Greenwave 18-3 to take a 19-point lead into the fourth.
Cefalu said South Tahoe’s defensive rebounding helped the team stretch its lead in the third quarter. He praised Moses-Chakmakis, Sukha, along with juniors Dylan Gooding and Tommy Cefalu for utilizing their minutes well Tuesday.
“I fear Fallon,” Cefalu added. “Fallon is a team that plays with a lot of heart. They’re fast, and even being down a few players as they were, they came to battle. The difference was the pressure towards the latter part of the game.”
In the opener, Vikings coach Mike Neiger said he felt a little frustrated South Tahoe (4-11, 3-6) missed an opportunity. But he also gave unbeaten Fallon (19-0, 10-0) credit for a 50-23 victory that extended its unbeaten streak.
“They’re obviously a very good team and very well coached,” Neiger said of Fallon. “I feel like we missed an opportunity because most of their points came on the inside from second, third, fourth — even fifth — chances on points, so that was frustrating.”
In the first half, South Tahoe kept the Greenwave on its toes with a diamond press that led to turnovers and kept its shooters close to the basket. Vikings junior Brooke Erdody hit consecutive 3-pointers in the second quarter, but the visitors still faced a 29-15 deficit at halftime.
Once Fallon found open passing lanes in the second half, it stretched its lead against a somewhat cramped South Tahoe defense. Neiger said the Vikings needed to box out better to avoid a succession of rebounding and scoring that led to the Greenwave’s 26-point win.
“We had to really work to get our name on the board because of the way they crashed the boards,” Fallon coach Anne Smith said. “We would have four and sometimes five chances at a shot, and they really choked up on us.”
South Tahoe returns to action with a pair of road contests in consecutive days. The Vikings play at Fernley on Friday, Jan. 29, and face Sparks on the road Saturday, Jan. 30.
Tribune Sports Editor Anthony Gentile contributed to this story.
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