Vikings bear down on North’s No. 1 rating
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
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