Vikes likely division champs following Wooster win |

Vikes likely division champs following Wooster win

Tribune Staff Reports

The South Tahoe High boys basketball team avenged its only division loss of the season by returning the favor on Wooster’s home court Tuesday night in a 63-44 triumph.

The Vikes used a suffocating pressure defense in the second half and capitalized on several Wooster turnovers to turn what was a close game in the early going into an eventual STHS blowout. Ahead only four at halftime, South Tahoe forward Tim Sprinkles converted a spin move off the glass to up the team’s lead to 41-29 by the end of the third period.

Things only got better for STHS in the fourth quarter as steals and points continued to add up. The Vikes entertained as much as a 22-point lead in the final quarter as the squad coasted to its sixth straight division win.

John Giannoni III led all scorers with 16 points, while teammate Matt Williams added 15. Sprinkles added nine, Billy Doughty eight and Josh David seven to round out the Vikings balanced attack.

The win improves the Vikings record to 18-5 overall and 8-1 league play. And with just three league games remaining, it all but assured the team of the Northern Nevada 4A Division II title. The regular season champion will receive the first seed in the zone tournament, which is scheduled for Feb. 16-20.

Forward Billy Doughty’s two free throws gave STHS its biggest lead at the 1:30 mark in the first quarter at 16-8. The Colts rallied to close the gap at 18-12 after one period.

Wooster stampeded back in the second quarter, as Colts forward Joel Jayme converted a three-point play to cut the Vikings lead to 29-25 going into the break.

Matt Williams led South Tahoe scorers with eight points, while Giannoni added seven in first half. Two first-half fouls limited David to just two points. The rust from a one-week layoff was also evident as the Vikes missed at least three layup attempts in the first two quarters.

South Tahoe will look to continue its winning ways when it hosts Carson Friday at 7 p.m.

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