Timberwolves’ comeback falls short
South Tahoe Middle School’s furious fourth-quarter rally came up a bucket short in the eighth-grade boys’ basketball team’s season opener against Eagle Valley on Wednesday.
The Timberwolves rallied from a 12-point deficit and had a chance to win or tie in the closing second of a 36-34 loss in the old gym at STMS.
A three-point field goal by Dan Vallejo brought STMS to within 36-32 with 1 minute, 48 seconds remaining. A 15-foot jump shot by Kyle Dupree made the score 36-34 with :38 to go.
And a steal by Kas Kosciolek gave STMS a chance to pull out the victory.
But a three-point attempt in the final seconds bounced agonizingly high off the rim and just off the mark and a follow-up shot didn’t fall as time ran out.
STMS trailed 17-9 at the half but began igniting its offense by repeatedly beating Eagle Valley’s full-court press for easy baskets and converted foul shots.
Vallejo led STMS with 11 points, including nine in the final period, and Dupree scored eight.
In the seventh-grade game, Eagle Valley used a height edge to pull away for a 54-21 victory. Peter Chu came off the bench to lead the Timberwolves with six points. Otto Trebotich and Jimmy Talbot scored four and three points, respectively.