Vikes look for better start
Tribune sports editor
Chris Proctor’s halftime tirades have become so effective, his team wants one more.
Before the game starts.
South Tahoe has become a second-half team through the first week of the season as the Vikings adjust to their new coach’s offensive philosophy.
El Dorado of Placerville disrupted the Viking offense with a halfcourt trap, building a 21-point lead. But the Cougars watched the Vikings come all the way back for a tie before pulling out a 67-60 nonleague boys’ basketball victory Tuesday in South Lake Tahoe.
“I’ve been asked that before. It’s too hard me,” Proctor said. “That’s not what a coach is about. Really a coach can motivate and a coach’s job is to figure out what motivates his players.”
Trailing by 21 points late in the second quarter, seniors Vince Capellino and Tony Stagnaro triggered a 6-0 run to end the half.
“We were right there,” Proctor said. “They did exactly what we asked them to do: take time, be patient and systematically try to get back to being down five at the beginning of the fourth quarter.”
Danny Vallejo, scoreless in the first half, fueled a second-half tear that saw the Vikings pull even at 54 with 3:15 remaining. Vallejo made three three-point shots and drained all five of his foul shots to give STHS confidence on the offensive end.
But after Vallejo’s final trifecta tied the score, El Dorado used a putback basket, a steal and layup and several free throws to build a 61-54 lead with 2:11 to go.
South Tahoe never got closer than five points as the Vikings had to resort to fouling to have a chance.
Capellino finished with a game-high 18 points, while Stagnaro scored 11.
Trent Peterson and Garrett Keith topped the Cougars with 14 points apiece.
The Vikings (1-4) will play host to Sparks on Friday.
Tough defeat for Vikings’ frosh squad
El Dorado converted three foul shots in the final 4 seconds to rally for a 55-54 victory over South Tahoe in the season opener for the Vikings’ freshman boys’ basketball team on Tuesday in South Lake Tahoe.
Matt Dean made a pair of foul shots with 4 seconds left, stemming from a backcourt foul by the Vikings, to tie the score at 54. After a missed transition opportunity for the Vikings in the final seconds, the home team was whistled for a foul as time expired.
El Dorado made the first free throw to pull out the win.
Peter Pielaet-Strayer and Blair Berry led the Vikings with 18 and 13 points, respectively. Griffen Boles added seven.
El Dorado pulled away in the fourth quarter in the junior varsity game. The Cougars used a 16-8 run in the final period to win 53-33.
Garrett Tinlin and Ricky Braun combined for 15 points for the Vikings, who were making their season debut.