Vikings find winning form in Merced
By Steve Yingling
Tribune sports editor
A little time away from home did the South Tahoe High boys’ basketball team some good on Thursday night.
The Vikings pulled out a 46-41 victory over Escalon in the first round of the Atwater tournament in Merced.
The victory halted the Vikings’ five-game losing streak.
“That’s our goal for sure, to come together as a team,” said STHS
coach Chris Proctor. “It was hard to drive down four hours and go straight to the gym and be focused, but they really did it.”
Escalon led 41-40 late in the fourth quarter but some clutch foul shooting and several key steals enabled the Vikings to make Friday night’s semifinals. They will play either Gustine or Bubach at 8 p.m.
Senior Vince Capellino converted all eight of his second-half free throw attempts for the Vikings. Proctor was pleased with the play of 6-foot-6 center Cory Wells off the bench. Wells had six points and was a key rebounder.
Mac Cerceo and Chris Eidam played solid defensive games, according to Proctor.
South Tahoe’s other two boys’ basketball teams also won on Thursday.
Every Viking junior varsity player scored in a 55-42 triumph over Sierra Lutheran’s varsity in South Lake Tahoe.
The STHS JV boys’ team picked up its second straight win as Cameron Chase scored 12 points and blocked four shots.
Chris Garza added 10 points for the Vikings, while Brandon Reinhard had five rebounds and Kevin Green, Anthony Arcuri and Robbin Charles had four boards.
“I was just happy to get a win and go back into retirement,” said Stephen Reinhard, who was subbing for regular coach Keith Norberg. “It was a good team victory.”
In the freshman game, Kory DiGrande and Peter Pielaet-Strayer each scored 17 points as the Vikings rolled to a 59-28 victory over the Sierra Luthern JV.
South Tahoe is 3-1 on the season.
FRESHMAN BOYS’ SUMS
STHS 59, SIERRA LUTHERAN 28
Sierra Lutheran: Bankoffer 4, Jackson 5, Bergman 5, Bath 2, Darby 2, Deterding 2, Grabow 2, Zaninovich 2, Bergston 4 – 28.
South Tahoe (3-1): DiGrande 17, Pielaet-Strayer 17, Dupuy 9, Norberg 5, Berry 6, Pillsbury 3, Dalton 2 – 59.
Sierra Lutheran 6 4 6 12 – 28
South Tahoe 14 16 14 15 – 59
STHS 55, SIERRA LUTHERAN 42
Sierra Lutheran: Depaoli 11, Lane 10, Depaoli 11, Deterding 2, Young 8.
South Tahoe: Garza 10, Chase 12, Brubaker 9, Alatorre 9, Arcuri 3, Reinhard 2, Braun 2, Green 2, Charles 3, Wilkinson 2 – 55.
Sierra Lutheran 5 8 16 13 – 28
South Tahoe 10 22 7 16 – 59
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