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Vikings lose third straight game

By Jeremy Evans

Tribune staff writer

After winning its first six games of the season with a mantra that adopted a certain brand of basketball, South Tahoe High is now trying to figure out how to get back there. The Vikings were there for a few minutes Wednesday night against Bishop Manogue but weren’t able to sustain it in a 74-54 nonleague loss at South Tahoe High School.

“We came out and were doing all right in the beginning and stayed with them for a little while,” said South Tahoe’s Jared Wood, who scored a team-high 19 points. “In the second half, we just weren’t getting our shots. We weren’t as aggressive in getting to the hole. We’re just trying to get back on track on how we were in the beginning of the season, getting open looks by moving the basketball. We’ll get there.”

The Vikings, who lost for the third straight game, watched the Miners start off the game on a 9-0 run before cutting the lead to four points going into the second quarter. South Tahoe’s Casey Curcie hit a pair of three-pointers in the second quarter to keep it close, but the backcourt of Travis Creed and Daemin Hickey allowed Manogue to go into halftime leading 30-24. Although the Vikings shot 6 of 8 from the field in the second period, Creed and Hickey combined to score 11 of their team’s 18 points in the quarter, which was a prelude to how the second half would unfold.

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After a pair of Dan Tinlin free throws narrowed the Miners’ lead to 36-30 with six minutes left in the third quarter, Creed and Hickey took over. The duo scored Manogue’s next 16 points, including four straight three-pointers that helped the Miners build a 52-39 lead. Hickey, who scored 27 points to lead all scorers, also went 11 of 12 from the foul line, where Manogue outscored South Tahoe 21-5.

“That’s a little misleading because we gave them six to eight chances at the end there,” said coach Derek Allister. “But no question about it, that was a big part of the game. Hickey was by far the best player on the court tonight. What we’re seeing right now is teams that are figuring us out and are making adjustments. Now we just have to make adjustments to their adjustments.”

Curcie and Mikey Van Gorden both scored 10 points for the Vikings (8-4), who trailed by as many as 21 points in the fourth. Tinlin also added nine points in the loss.

South Tahoe takes on Folsom tonight at 8 in the first round of the Folsom Tournament.

“Manogue is a very good basketball team. Along with Rocklin, we haven’t seen a better team this year,” Allister said. “We’re going to be fine. We’re just going to have to move the ball around better because I think there is too much one-on-one stuff going on. Earlier in the season, we were getting a lot of assists. We need to get back to that.”

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