Up and down preseason for Viking hoopsters
The boys’ basketball team at South Tahoe High continued it’s topsy-turvy preseason going 1-2 at the Sheldon, Calif., Tournament last weekend.
The Vikings lost 49-44 to Hogan on Thursday despite holding a two-point lead with 1:30 to go. Like the rerun reel from the Galena game, the Vikings started turning it over and self-destructing in the final minutes.
The Vikings led 6-1 in the first period, then trailed 26-16 at the half courtesy of a 3-pointer before the buzzer from Niko Klansek.
Klansek led with 15, followed by center Curtis Johnson with 12 and Dan Tobin with eight.
The Vikings avenged their first loss by beating Davis 62-53 with strong post play from Johnson.
“We played well from the very beginning,” said STHS head coach Derek Allister. “It was one of the better games we’ve played all year.”
Johnson led with 17 points. Klansek had 16 and Tobin had 14.
Allister started Eric Domingo, who hit two 3-pointers in the opening period.
Then, as if the previous game’s momentum would carry over into the next day, the Vikings got pounded by Madera 66-35.
“We were never even in it,” Allister said, noting how Madera’s defensive pressure and trap caught South Tahoe unaware.
After one period, South Tahoe trailed 16-4, and with Madera’s 3-pointers accounting for nearly 30 points, their lead continued to grow.
“It’s the first time that we’ve looked bad and played poorly,” Allister said. “We’ve been so good on defense this year, and boy, we did not look good at all.”
Johnson, who later went on to make the all-tournament team, led with 13 points. Phil Griffith came off the bench and scored eight.
South Tahoe girls’ team continues to struggle, going 0-3 at the Carson Invitational last weekend.
On Friday, South Tahoe lost to Spring Creek 50-32 despite leading at halftime 22-18.
“We just got tired …. and that’s when they kind of pulled ahead,” said STHS head coach Chris Proctor.
Erin Jamison led with 10 points and Tiffany Pinson followed with eight.
The Vikings lost 49-21 to Armijio in their second game Friday. However, they held Armijio to a 17-13 lead at halftime.
Coach Proctor said 6-foot-1 center Lyndsay Salina continued to make big improvements, leading the Vikings with 10 points.
“She’s starting to figure out how to use her size to her advantage,” Proctor said.
Jamison and Pinson both had six points in the Vikings’ 42-26 loss to Rodriguez on Saturday.
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