Tourney helps bring Vikings together
Although the South Tahoe High boys’ basketball team closed out the Atwater tournament with a pair of losses to tournament hosts, there were signs that the Vikings are pulling out of an early season funk.
The Vikings opened the tournament with a 46-41 triumph over Escalon on Thursday, then lost tight games to Buhach Colony 55-52 on Friday and Atwater 60-56 on Saturday.
“Our goal for the tournament was to come back from the tournament a better team,” said STHS coach Chris Proctor. “They showed really good attitudes and there were a lot of contributions from the bench.”
South Tahoe (2-8) showed the mental toughness to come back in each of its defeats. The Vikings trailed Buhach Colony 10-0 to start the game and by nine points with 84 seconds remaining. South Tahoe got as close as two points but a controversial foul stalled the Vikings’ momentum. The Vikings missed a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer that would have sent the game into overtime.
Three Vikings scored in double figures as Vince Capellino poured in 17 points, Danny Vallejo 14 and Tony Stagnaro 11.
In their tournament finale, Atwater couldn’t stop Capellino as the Vikings nearly came back from a 17-point deficit. The 6-foot-6 Capellino scored 38 points, while Vallejo netted eight. Capellino sank 12 two-point field goals, a pair of trifectas and six free throws.
The Vikings open Sierra Division play against Hug on Tuesday in South Lake Tahoe.
FRIDAY’S VIKING SCORING SUM
BUHACH COLONY 55, STHS 52
SOUTH TAHOE – Stagnaro 11 points, C. Eidam 4, Vallejo 14, T. Eidam 2, Capellino 17, Wells 2, team points 2 – 52.
SATURDAY’S VIKING SCORING SUM
ATWATER 60, STHS 56
SOUTH TAHOE – Klug 2, C. Eidam 4, Vallejo 8, T. Eidam 2, Capellino 38, Wells 2.