South Tahoe boys b-ball drops three straight at Gold Dust Tournament
PLACERVILLE, Calif. — After opening the season with a victory, the South Tahoe boys basketball team couldn’t parlay that into further success at the Gold Dust Tournament. The Vikings lost three games in three days the tournament hosted by El Dorado High Dec. 3-5, dropping their season record to 1-3.
“We had a tough tournament in terms of wins and losses, but played great competition,” Vikings coach Joby Cefalu said. “Our team battled all weekend and was in every game, the ball just didn’t bounce our way.”
In its tournament opener, South Tahoe (1-3) fell to Roseville (Calif.) 64-52 on Thursday, Dec. 3. The Vikings had a six-point halftime lead erased in the third quarter en route to a defeat against the Tigers.
Senior Denzel Perez finished with 13 points, five rebounds and six assists against Roseville, and senior Blake Blocker tallied 12 points and eight rebounds. Senior Joe Albrecht had eight points and five rebounds, junior Harry Moses-Chakmakis scored seven and senior Ethan Strain added six — junior Tommy Cefalu pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.
On Friday, Dec. 4, South Tahoe lost to Vista Del Lago (Folsom, Calif.) 72-63. The Vikings took a three-point lead into the fourth quarter and were outscored by the Eagles 25-13 en route to defeat.
Perez led South Tahoe with 20 points against Vista del Lago, including four 3-pointers — the senior also had six rebounds and five assists. Cefalu finished with 13 points and seven rebounds, Blocker had 11 points and six rebounds and Albrecht added nine points and 10 rebounds.
The Vikings wrapped up tournament play with a 75-62 loss to Casa Roble (Orangevale, Calif.) on Saturday, Dec. 5. South Tahoe used a 29-point third quarter to pull within a point of the Rams, but Casa Roble doubled up the Vikings 22-11 in the fourth quarter to hand them a third straight defeat.
Junior Noah Jackson scored 15 points for the Vikings against Casa Roble and was one of four players in double figures. Perez scored 11 points and pulled down six rebounds, junior Zen Contestable had 11 with six rebounds and Cefalu added 10 points, six rebounds and five assists — Blocker grabbed a team-high 10 boards.
South Tahoe returns to action at home Friday, Dec. 11, when it opens Div. I-A Northern League play against Fernley. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
“We had a team meeting on Sunday and came out and had the best practice of the year Monday,” Cefalu said. “The boys are ready and excited for what lies ahead.”