Vikings give Reno a scare |

Vikings give Reno a scare

Jeremy Evans
Dan Thrift/Tahoe Daily Tribune STHS alum Jerod Haase, an assistant coach for defending national champion North Carolina talks to Larry Reilly while watching the girls' game Thursday at South Tahoe High School.

If Reno is indeed the best boys’ basketball team in Northern Nevada, then South Tahoe High can safely say it isn’t too far behind the Huskies.

J.J. Mulligan scored a game-high 25 points and Mike Nelson had 19 as Reno came away with a 67-58 Sierra Division win over the Vikings on Thursday at South Tahoe High School. The Huskies (7-1 overall, 2-0 division) led only 44-43 going into the fourth quarter but extended that lead after foul trouble and emotions doomed the Vikings.

South Tahoe’s 6-foot-8 center Joel Keegan was held scoreless for the first time all season and fouled out with 5:18 left in the game. A few minutes later – with the Vikings trailing 57-52 – coach Derek Allister was called for two technical fouls in a matter of seconds and was ejected from the game.

South Tahoe was never able to recover.

“It was just a good, intense high school basketball game,” Allister said. “It’s too bad the officials let it get out of control. All of sudden, they wanted to be part of the show.

“Joel could never really get it going. Obviously he was hampered by the fouls. The good sign is that we were able to fight through that and battle until the bitter end.”

Allister was upset with a call during a 3-on-1 break for South Tahoe with 2:32 remaining. K.J. Allister was called for a charge and coach Allister argued it mightily. Mulligan made the Vikings pay by converting 3-of-4 free throws to put Reno up 60-52 and the Huskies also retained possession.

Jared Wood, who scored a team-high 21 points for the Vikings, hit a soft hook with 1:52 left and was fouled on the play to make it 60-54. Wood missed the three-point conversion attempt and Mulligan’s 3-pointer with :56 seconds remaining gave Reno a 65-56 lead.

Mulligan and Nelson, who measure 6-foot-7 and 6-foot-6, respectively, combined for 31 of the Huskies’ 40 points in the second half. With Keegan out with foul trouble, the Vikings had to rely on some unusual suspects to keep them in it.

Reno took advantage of nine South Tahoe turnovers in the first quarter and started the game on a 14-2 run. The Vikings, though, followed with a run of their own, an 18-2 burst that gave them a 20-14 midway through the second quarter.

Wood knocked down three 3-pointers during the run and Michael Anstett contributed six of his 13 points in the spurt. Nelson scored five points in the final three minutes of the second quarter for the Huskies, whose 10-2 run before halftime tied the game at 27 at the break.

Neither team led by more than a possession for the entire third quarter. The Vikings’ final lead was 41-40 after Justin Galbreath’s jumper with 1:52 left in the third.

The Huskies shot 52 percent from the field in the second half (13 of 25) and were 5 of 9 from behind the 3-point line, with Mulligan accounting for all of the team’s five treys in the third and fourth quarters.

“Reno is obviously the best team in Northern Nevada,” coach Allister said. “But I think we showed we are a very solid team. We absolutely feel good about how we played.”

South Tahoe (8-5, 1-1) plays at Wooster on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Reno.

Reno stops STHS girls

Katelyn Pakes scored a game-high 10 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Vikings as they lost to Reno 64-36 in a Sierra Division girls’ basketball game Thursday at South Tahoe High School.

Tess Braun and Janelle Contaxis each scored six points for South Tahoe, which trailed 42-17 at halftime before playing the Huskies pretty even in the second half.

“When we do things the right way, we’re very good,” said first-year coach Chris Holmes, whose team is 1-6 overall and 0-2 in division. “We just have to be patient and wait for everything to get set. That’s about it.”

The Vikings continue division play with a game at Wooster on Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. in Reno.

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