Timberwolves claim consolation title
For the first time in 11 years, host South Tahoe Middle School came away from the Winter Classic Eighth-Grade Boys Basketball Tournament with a trophy.
After losing a 31-28 knee-knocker to Marina Village on Friday, the Timberwolves rebounded to beat Jackson 45-36 and Carson Valley 28-25 Saturday before edging Mark Twain 28-27 in the consolation finals Sunday.
“I can’t tell you how much they’ve improved from the very first day,” said STMS coach Larry Reilly, who carried 21 players on the team.
“They do it with a great work ethic.”
Jared Wood scored all eight of his points in the fourth period as STMS overcame a two-point deficit after three quarters.
The Timberwolves trailed by three points with 90 seconds remaining, but a pair of steals and a turnaround jumper by Wood put them ahead to stay.
Kevin Schlange and Buck Pershing scored seven points apiece for the Timberwolves.
In the victory over Jackson, seven Timberwolves marked the scoring column, with Wood and Schlange leading the way with 10 points apiece. Pershing netted eight points, while Tom Cocking added five and Jamie Estrada and Justin Galbreath each had four.
The key to STMS’s tournament run came in the consolation semifinals when the Timberwolves rallied from a 21-13 deficit after three quarters to overtake Carson Valley.
“Through hard work we came back and beat them. We’re not real talented, but we work extremely hard,” Reilly said.
Wood and Pershing each tallied six fourth-quarter points to spur the comeback.
Schlange led all scorers with 12 points.
Marina Village put STMS in the consolation bracket on the strength of Reese Hartle’s 13 points.
The T-Wolves trailed 18-13 at intermission but turned up the defensive pressure, limiting Marina Village to 13 second-half points.
Pershing led STMS with nine points, including a 3-pointer.
Camerado Springs of Shingle Springs, Calif., repeated as tournament champions, beating St. Cecilia 48-37.
It was Camerado Springs’ closest game of the 37th annual tournament as it won by an average of 32.5 points in four contests. A one-point fourth period did in the challengers from San Francisco.
Jacob Baldwin drained three 3-pointers and led the champions with 15 points. Robert Alvarado topped runner-up St. Cecilia with 15 points.
Carson City repeated as third-place finishers, routing Toyon of San Andreas, Calif., 41-26. Jack Jacquet had 11 points for Carson.