Vikes tally win column in San Diego
Up until Tuesday, the Nike Prep Classic had been anything but fun for the South Tahoe boys basketball team. They lost their best player to injury Monday afternoon, had yet to win any of their tournament games and had their coach wondering if the team would be ready for league play.
What a difference a day makes.
The Vikes rebounded from two losses in a row at the San Diego-area tournament with a 89-70 win over Canoga Park. And though forward Josh David did not return to the lineup, Vikes coach Tom Orlich said he was pleased with the way his squad rose to the occasion.
“I think there was a sense of urgency for a lot of the guys,” said Orlich, whose team improved to 8-4 with the victory. “Especially with Josh not playing, I think the guys really wanted to get ready for league games.”
South Tahoe jumped out to an early lead, using its trademark pressure defense to confound the Canoga Park guards. The Vikings forced several turnovers, created easy transition baskets and did not allow their taller opponents to establish their post-oriented offense.
South Tahoe led by 22 points at halftime and maintained a substantial lead for the rest of the game. John Giannoni III led Viking scorers with 32 points; Tim Sprinkles added 19 points while Matt Williams poured in 10 points.
David viewed the contest from an unfamiliar spot – on the bench, dressed in street clothes – and may reprise that role for today’s game.
“It’s highly doubtful that Josh will play,” said Orlich, whose Vikes play today at 1:30 p.m. against a yet undetermined opponent. “There’s no use having him in there if he’s not healthy.”
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