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South Tahoe focused on challenge ahead

South Tahoe Middle School won’t know much about the competition in the 38th Annual Winter Basketball Classic until it hits the floor, but what it does know is that it has some work ahead to defend a consolation title from last year.

“For us it’s a great opportunity to play other schools and see how we measure up,” said STMS head coach Larry Reilly.

Reilly said he plans to play his better players more of the time to match up with the competition. It’s not his usual policy, prefering instead to give more of his players equitable playing time. But because of the short quarters (six minutes), it’s the best way to maintain a competitive edge.

Still, with tough play coming from teams within its own league, Reilly isn’t holding his breath.

“You have to play good defense, take care of the ball and take good shots and whatever happens, happens,” he said.

Carson Valley led the region with a 6-foot-5 center, who seemed to dominate every game.

“They can take a bad shot and make a offensive rebound and put it in. When you have somebody who’s 6-foot-5 you can afford to make some mistakes,” Reilly said. “We’re going to have to play extremely good defense … I have great kids, but they have very little experience playing the game of basketball … For us, we’re going to need to shoot the ball better than we have.”

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