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Viking cagers win opener

Steve Yingling

A strong second half and John Giannoni’s game-high 23 points carried South Tahoe High’s boys basketball team to an 81-56 season-opening thrashing of McQueen on Tuesday night in Reno.

Leading only 33-30 at intermission, the Vikings outscored the Lancers 26-11 in the third quarter to take control, 59-41.

Billy Doughty and Tim Sprinkles helped the Vikings pull away in the third period. Doughty, a 6-foot-3 senior forward, had 10 of his 13 points in the quarter, while Sprinkles scored on consecutive three-point plays. Doughty capped the third-quarter surge with an offensive rebound basket and a jump shot in the closing seconds.



Early on, it looked as if the Vikings would breeze. They led 15-2 midway through the opening period, but the Lancers rallied behind the three-point shooting of Karl Aaker. Aaker had three treys in the second quarter as McQueen forged ahead, 28-23.

But a three-pointer by reserve guard Norman Cabanero and a steal and layup by Adam Williams keyed a 7-0 run, helping South Tahoe regain the lead, 30-28. A pair of free throws by Dan Bria tied the score, but Williams gave the Vikings the lead for good, 33-30, with a try just before the halftime buzzer sounded.



South Tahoe opened the second half with a 22-8 run.

Josh David enjoyed a successful debut as starting point guard, scoring 14 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Sprinkles finished with eight points and Williams added seven.

The Vikings open the Viking Rotary Classic against Everett Alvarez at 6:15 p.m. Thursday.

McQueen High showed South Tahoe’s girls basketball team on Tuesday night why it has won the Nevada 4A state championship the past three years.

The Lancers trounced the Vikings 81-20 in the season opener for both teams in South Lake Tahoe

“They’re the best we’ll see, no doubt in my mind,”said Viking coach Tim Jaureguito. “Their starting five is very good, but their talent drops off after that. As long as they keep their first five on the floor they’re going to be real tough.

“By and large, I’m pretty proud of the way they went out and gave it everything they had.”

McQueen jumped out to a 12-0 lead and led 17-4 after one quarter.

“A lot of that had to do because we were real nervous to start with. Once they calmed down, they played a little better in the first quarter,” Jaureguito said.

Aly David led the Vikings with eight points. Jaureguito also respected the inside play of Tirah Samura.

STHS (0-1) opposes Grant Union in the opening round of the Lowry Invitational at 8 p.m. Thursday in Winnemucca.

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Josh david, 14 points, 10 rebounds

Doughty 13 points, 10 in second half, five boards

Adam WIlliams 7

Tim Sprinkles 8

Josh David, Adam Williams

John Giannoni III, Tim Sprinkles and Billy Doughty

doughty pass from Giannoni first basket of season

Doughty 1-2 free throws, 3-0

backdoor cut, John Giannoni 5-0

Dragovich, 2-5

7-2, 4:48, Giannoni rebound basket

Adam Williams 2 free throws, 9-2

David drive, 11-2, 3:25

Giannoni steal, layup, 13-2

David layup, 15-2

Dan Bria 3, 15-8

John Sutherland layup, 15-10, 8-0 run

in final minute

Vikings having trouble with reserves in there.

15-12

Giannoni hit rim from 3/4 court after one quarter, 15-12 STHS

20-14 STHS

22-21 STHS

Karl Aaker free throw tied it at 22-22, 2:39, then Aaker hit three-pointers, his second of quarter, to give McQueen a 25-22 lead.

28-23, Aaker, another three inside final 1:20.

Cabanero three from top of key, :44 left, buried shot and was fouled by Gubbles, ties score 28-28.

Adam Williams steal, 30-28, :25.

8.6 secnds left, foul by Williams on Bria, 1-2 fts, 30-29 STHS. lane violation, Bria gets third chance, 30-30.

Adam Williams three-point right corner just before buzzer, 33-30 at break.

Giannoni, 11

Adam Williams 7

Josh David, 6

Aaker, 10 points in second quarter and for half

37-30, David 2

Williams pass low doughty off glass, fouled, 39-32

Tim Sprinkles 3-point play, 42-33

35-42

Giannoni 15-footer, 44-35, his 15th point.

4:26, 46-35, Spirnkles hoop and fouled, on passfrom doughty, ft good, 47-35 his second three point play in quarter, all six points.

Doughty tip, then Giannoni layup, 51-35.

doughty feed from Spinkles, 53-35

Giannoni jumper after steal, 55-35

55-38

off rebound, eighty point of quarter for Doughty, 57-38.

Doughty 11 footer, 59-41 in finals seconds of quarter, his 10th point of quarter.

26-11 edge in third quarter.

23 points by Giannoni

Vikings win 81-56

Travis Moore hit at buzzer

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