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Vikings bear down on North’s No. 1 rating

Michael Traum

The place was rocking, and Alan Case’s jumper was popping. In

front of a sold out, standing room only crowd of nearly 2,000,

the Viking senior guard drained a 14-footer with 4 seconds remaining

and added a pair of technical foul shots, as South Tahoe downed

Galena, 58-54, on Saturday night in South Lake Tahoe.

“We just had to make sure we ran the clock down and got the last

shot. Even if it didn’t go in, we would’ve gone to overtime,”

said Case, who finished with a game-high 26 points, including

10 in the fourth quarter.

The Vikings chose to hold for the last shot after Galena’s Matt

Seibrandt hit a spinning layup to tie it at 54 with 1:00 to play.

Galena called a time-out with roughly 50 seconds left, looking

to set its strategy, as the Vikes settled into the holding pattern.

With about 13 seconds to go, Case began to move, dribbling to

his left against Galena’s Andrew Goodwater. The senior rose from

the left side of the key and launched a rainbow over Goodwater

that hit nothing but net. Seibrandt quickly called for a time-out

with .6 seconds on the clock. But the Grizzlies had used all of

their time-outs and Case buried the two technical shots, which

made it a two-possession game with the four seconds the referees

put back on the clock.

“We wanted to get a good shot and if we could score right away

we would do it. Once it got down to about 30 (seconds left) we

decided to go for the last shot,” said Tahoe coach Tom Orlich.

“In big games your big guys have to play big if you want to win.

Alan did that.”

Added Tahoe senior guard Aaron Buckman, “At the end of the game,

Alan is the guy we want with the ball. If he’s got the ball, we’re

in good hands.”

The Grizzlies could only watch helplessly as the Viking players

and fans celebrated at half court. Meanwhile, Galena coach Tom

Maurer credited Case’s effort.

“It’s pride for Tahoe being able to take the last shot of the

quarter or game. I thought Andrew did a good job of staying in

front of Case. But we scouted him going right and he went left,”

he said. “It was a great shot. Even though I’m the coach for the

opposing team, I congratulate Case. That kid works so hard and

has done nothing but bust his butt for the three years that I’ve

seen him. I almost want to say it was just dues for Alan.”

Tahoe trailed by six points twice in the second half. Both times

senior forward Casey Dowling nailed uncharacteristic three-balls

to narrow the margin. The Vikings entered the final quarter down,

47-42, and were behind the entire time until Case nailed a putback

with 4:20 left, putting the Vikes up 52-51. Tahoe’s biggest lead

of six came with 4:10 to play in the first half.

Josh David came off the bench for 10 points, while Dowling had

eight after missing most of the first half in foul trouble.

Seibrandt led Galena with 17 points, while junior guard Lance

Buoncristiani added a quiet 13. Senior Brian Vaka was held in

check splendidly by Tahoe sophomore Travis McCollum and finished

with a disappointing five points.

The Vikings remained undefeated in Northern Nevada league play

at 9-0, 20-4 overall. Galena lost its first league game, falling

to 8-1, 20-5 overall. South Tahoe remains the only gymnasium in

Northern Nevada where Galena has yet to win a game in its six-year

history.


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