South Tahoe exceeds Shootout expectations |

South Tahoe exceeds Shootout expectations

Michael Traum

The South Tahoe Basketball Club showed playoff-caliber form during its annual South Tahoe Shootout last weekend at South Tahoe High School.

Playing against upper-echelon competition from around the West Coast, the club finished 4-3, with a solid chance to have finished 7-0.

“This is probably the toughest Shootout field we’ve ever had,” said Tahoe coach Tom Orlich. “To say I’m happy would be an understatement. Every single team was playoff-, championship- or national-caliber.”

Games were played in two 16-minute halves, with the clock stopping only during the final 60-seconds. Tahoe stayed with its usual deliberate style, running motion offenses, entry plays and pressing defenses. Tie ball games were settled in sudden death – the first team to score won.

In Friday’s action, the Tahoe downed St. Augustine, 52-46, in the anticipated matchup of coaching brothers, Erik and Jan Rasmussen. The hosts later fell to Judge Memorial of Utah, 50-46.

On Saturday, Tahoe lost to Littleton, Colorado’s defending 4A state champs, 52-42, in a game closer than the numbers suggest. Tahoe then handled perennial California powerhouse Mater Dei, 60-48.

On Sunday, Tahoe beat Bishop O’Dowd, 57-50 and Jesuit, 47-45. Alan Case connected on a streaking layup as time expired for the Jesuit win. Tahoe also lost to Beaverton, Ore., 62-60 in overtime. Up by as much as 14, Beaverton tied it with under 10 seconds to play before hitting the first basket in OT. No other team in the event came close to stopping the Oregon school.

“All of the teams were quick, with big strong post guys and at least one Division I player,” Orlich said. “Our second group played well the first day while the first group stepped up on Saturday. On Sunday, they seemed to put it all together.

“The good competition really elevated our play. Knowing you have to beat a Galena next year, we feel really good about where we’re at right now.”

Tahoe travels to Las Vegas’ national-caliber Slam and Jam Tournament on July 27-30. From there they’ll go to San Antonio, Tex., for a three-day, nine-game effort.

Notes: Spots remain open for this Tuesday’s one-day complete-players camp at South Tahoe High. Call 544-3416 for details or arrive at the school’s gym at 7:30 a.m. Cost is $35 with financial aid available … Next weekend’s camp is sold out.

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