Timberwolves’ all-out effort almost produces W
The crowd was into it as the South Tahoe Middle School Timberwolves were threatening to win their first game.
After a game-tying basket in the lane 10 seconds into the fourth quarter, STMS had worked its way back to a 30-30 tie against Carson Valley
But Carson Valley got the higher percentage shots in the final five minutes, outscoring the Timberwolves 9-2 for the 39-32 Tahoe Neva League boys’ basketball victory Thursday in South Lake Tahoe.
It was quite an improvement from the team’s 42-point loss at Carson Middle School on Tuesday.
“I’m proud of our players. They played very hard,” said STMS eighth-grade coach Carl Chaney. “After Tuesday we’ve concentrated on an attitude change. Every time they lace them up we want effort, intensity and desire.”
All three ingredients were present for the Timberwolves, who seemed to thrive off the intensity of the student body. But a smattering of turnovers cost the Timberwolves (0-3) a shot at their first victory.
A.J. Ussery led the T-Wolves with nine points, followed by Kaz Kosciolek with six and Camerson Hausfeld with five. Ussery and Hausfeld each made a buzzer-beating three-pointer.
Carson Valley led by as many as seven points in the third quarter – the last time 30-23. But a nice give-and-go from Rob Davenport to Ryan Reger made the score 30-25. Seconds later, Ussery sank his three-pointer to cut Carson Valley’s lead to 30-28 after three periods.
After a game-tying hook shot by Davenport, Carson Valley gradually took control of the game. Ussery’s layup off a long inbound pass made the score 36-32, but Carson Valley added a basket and free throw to secure the win.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Carson Valley won the seventh-grade game, 44-18.
South Tahoe’s Otto Trebotich opened the scoring, but Carson Valley built a 22-8 halftime lead.
Peter Chu led the Timberwolves with six points and Trebotich and Jorge Romero scored four.
The Timberwolves play host to Pau Wa Lu on Tuesday in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.