Vikings cut Reed down to size |

Vikings cut Reed down to size

Steve Yingling

Either coach Tom Orlich isn’t being heard until halftime or the South Tahoe High boys basketball team enjoys toying with teams for a half.

For the second time in two Northern Nevada League nondivision games, the Vikings used a third-quarter surge to blow open a tight game in a 73-62 victory over Reed on Tuesday night in Sparks.

The Vikings (4-1) opened the third period with a 12-1 run to extend a three-point halftime lead to 14, 43-29 with 5 minutes left in the quarter. John Giannoni III and Billy Doughty had four free throws apiece and Matt Williams contributed two layups during the scoring surge.

Williams’ steal and subsequent layup put the Vikings ahead 52-33 with 5 seconds remaining in the third period.

Reed twice reduced a once 19-point deficit to eight points late in the fourth period. But each time the Vikings responded with some clutch foul shooting. South Tahoe, which connected on 30-of-39 attempts at the charity stripe, calmly nailed 12 of 14 down the stretch. Giannoni and Josh David sank all four of their free tosses in the final eight minutes.

David, a senior, led the Vikings with 21 points and eight rebounds. Giannoni finished with 18 points, followed by Tim Sprinkles’ 12, Doughty’s 10 and Matt Williams’ nine.

Facing their tallest opponent of the young season – Reed’s roster featured 6-foot-9 Yuri Whyms, 6-8 Matt Ochs and 6-5 Brett Hall and Jeremiah Gray – the Vikings couldn’t pull away during the opening 16 minutes. The Vikings led by as many as three points and trailed by as much as four in the first half.

The Raiders led by four points for the last time, 26-22, after a Ryan Bishop layup with 3:35 remaining in the half.

But baskets by David, Sprinkles and Giannoni put the Vikings ahead 28-26 with :45 left in the half.

After Reed’s 6-3 forward Chris Wiskerchen knotted the score with a basket inside, a double-teamed David spotted Williams open for a wide-open, tiebreaking trey with :02 left.

As daunting as Reed’s heighth was, it was the Raiders diminutive guards who did the most damage. Jay Osborne and Teddy Stolpman, a pair of 5-9 playmakers, scored 18 and 13 points, respectively.

South Tahoe takes a one-week break before entertaining Sparks on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Shooting hurts Lady Vikings

Reed High wasn’t the South Tahoe High girls basketball team’s enemy on Tuesday night, it was the basket.

The Vikings struggled with their shooting in a 59-28 Northern Nevada League nondivision setback in South Lake Tahoe.

“We missed so many layups tonight. If we shoot better, we’re right in the game,” said Viking coach Tim Jaureguito.

The Raiders surged ahead 19-4 after one period, but the Vikings won the second quarter 15-12 to make the score 31-19 at intermission.

“We had a really good second quarter. The most impressive thing is they worked so hard on defense,” Jaureguito said.

Reed capitalized on STHS’s cold shooting and frequent fouling to pull away in the second half.

Casey Hydrick and Aly David led the Vikings with eight points.

Shooting wasn’t a problem for the Vikings as they earned their first victory at the Lowry Invitational last weekend. STHS defeated Battle Mountain 63-54 as Hydrick sank five 3-pointers en route to a 19-point performance. The Vikings lost to Grant 61-26 to open the tournament and concluded the three-day event with a 70-41 defeat to Spring Creek.

The Vikings (1-4) play Clovis on Friday and Clovis West on Saturday in Fresno.

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