STHS repeats Viking Classic JV hoop title
For the second year in a row, the South Tahoe High boys junior varsity basketball team took home the top spot in the Viking Rotary Classic.
The Vikings had a tough road to their second consecutive title. In the first round, South Tahoe faced a very tough Rite of Passage team, outlasting the visiting team 41-40 in overtime.
“It was a classic late-game comeback for them,” Vikings coach Chris Proctor said.
The Vikings, ahead by 12 points in the third quarter, survived a furious comeback late in the game to move into the winners’ bracket.
Chris Cosmi led South Tahoe with 10 points, while Hudson Wilvers added nine in the opening win.
South Tahoe staged a comeback of its own in the second-round game against Hiram Johnson to beat the Warriors 70-63.
Down 12 points in the fourth quarter, Proctor juggled his lineup and inserted a three guard rotation to spark the late comeback for the Vikings.
“It was exciting to watch,” the second-year coach said. “Sometimes as a coach, you get so caught up in the game that you forget the score.
“Finally, one of my assistants said, ‘Coach, we have the lead.’ “
Again it was the duo of Wilvers and Cosmi who led the Vikings. Wilvers had 17 points and Cosmi had 18 in the win.
“It was great for them to get the win,” Proctor said. “But I was worried about a letdown against Douglas.”
But there was no such letdown against the rival Douglas Tigers as the Vikings cruised to 58-49 win.
The game wasn’t as close as the final score indicated. South Tahoe had a comfortable lead before Douglas began to foul to prolong the game.
The Vikings salted away the win by hitting all eight of their free throws in the fourth quarter.
Wilvers paced the Vikings in the final game with 18 points, hitting 5 of 6 from the charity stripe.
“He’s such a nice kid to coach,” Proctor said. “He’s a perfect JV player because he’ll do whatever you ask of him out on the court.
“Whether it’s taking fouls or getting banged around, he just goes out there and does it.”
Wilvers was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
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