South Tahoe boys roll rival Truckee, Sparks
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Truckee couldn’t stop South Tahoe’s Cameron Lehmann nor could they even contain him.
Lehmann drove to the basket time and again Saturday. He drove right, he drove left and he either scored outright or was fouled.
The junior guard finished with 25 points to help lead the Vikings to a dominant 65-48 victory over the rival Wolverines on the South Shore.
“Cameron killed it tonight,” said Vikings head coach David Finnegan. “Cameron is one of our more aggressive players, he’s a very good penetrator and he did an excellent job of getting to the rim and finishing.”
Lehmann successfully drove to the rim four times in the first quarter that resulted in three field goals and a pair of free throws. He scored eight of the Vikings 10 first-quarter points.
South Tahoe led 10-8 after the first eight minutes.
The Vikings applied serious full court defensive pressure in the second period and broke open the game.
Truckee couldn’t handle the pressure and a series of turnovers ensued, resulting in more Lehmann layups, including a couple by Kevin Lehmann.
Cameron Lehmann made three more layups in the second period and also found himself open from beyond the arc and buried his attempt. He had 17 points by halftime.
“I wanted to score a lot and I knew I could get past the guy guarding me so I kept driving,” Cameron Lehmann said. “It is good to get a win against Truckee our rival.
“We’ve had really close games but it was good to finally blow somebody out.”
The Vikings outscored the Wolverines 22-10 in the second period to open 32-18 halftime lead.
South Tahoe poured it on in the third period, going on a 19-10 run to head into the final frame up 51-28.
Andrew Lehmann drained a pair of 3-pointers to lead the way. He added six more in the fourth and finished with 12 points while teammates Kevin Lehmann had nine points and Cameron Johnson had eight.
The frustrated Wolverines self-destructed and received multiple technical fouls in the second half by making comments to officials.
“It feels excellent to get a win, it’s been a while since we had one,” Finnegan said. “Our kids played tough. We played sluggish early, not a lot of energy from both teams, we missed a few easy buckets, but once we started picking up the full court defensive pressure we got our energy going.”
South Tahoe entered the contest on a four-game skid, three of which could’ve gone theThe Vikings led 26-6 after the first period other way.
The Vikings lost to Dayton in overtime 51-46, were run out of the building by Churchill County then started 2019 with a 75-67 loss at Lowry and a 60-57 emotional home defeat Tuesday, Jan. 8, to North Valleys.
Cameron Lehmann thinks this victory will be the start of better days for the Vikings.
“I think this will build some momentum and I think we’ll do real good against our next opponent,” Cameron Lehmann said.
And he was right, the Vikings demolished the Sparks Railroaders 77-44 on Tuesday on the road. South Tahoe opened a 26-6 lead after the first quarter and led 44-21 at halftime.
Cameron Johnson led the Vikings with 22 points and five steals, freshman Andrew Lehmann scored seven points and grabbed nine rebounds, four offensive, Logan Chapman scored 11 points and dished five assists and Kevin Lehmann scored 13 points, grabbed three boards, dished three assists and blocked two shots.
The Vikings (4-7, 4-4 Northern League) have won two straight and next will host league unbeaten Elko (11-2, 7-0) on Friday, Jan. 18.