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South Tahoe states Case in Bay Area

Michael Traum

History has an eery way of repeating itself.

Not since 1991 has a South Tahoe High boys basketball team won a midseason tournament other than the Viking Rotary Classic. That year, Jerod Haase and Brian Bruso led the Vikings to the Gridley title before eventually winning the Nevada State Championship.

While this year’s team has hardwood to pound if it wants to hang a third state banner, the Vikings traveled a similar path last weekend, winning the 37th annual Amador Basketball Classic in the Bay Area.

“To be invited to what’s really the most prestigious tournament in Northern California and win it – that’s good for the team and quite an accomplishment,” said Tahoe coach Tom Orlich. “We had a lot of compliments about the team and the kind of kids we have. And any time you win a tournament, you have a lot of fun, too.”

South Tahoe beat host Amador in overtime, 71-66, on Saturday. The Vikes outscored Amador 9-4 in the extra frame, while Alan Case netted 34 points en route to being named the tournament’s most valuable player. Casey Dowling made the all-tournament squad.

“Alan did absolutely everything. He played even better than he did against Dominguez,” Orlich said. “It was adverse conditions (in the final) playing against the home crowd which was very loud. Overall, our starting five played consistently throughout the tournament and that’s what made the difference.”

The Vikings advanced to the finals with wins over Merced, last year’s section winner, and Grant, state champs two years ago.

Past winners of the tournament include St. Joseph’s and Bishop O’Dowd.

South Tahoe (9-1) next travels to the Above the Rim Tournament beginning Friday in San Diego.

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