With two last second 2-point losses in the regular season to the Fernley Vaqueros, the South Tahoe Vikings boys' basketball team was looking to get over the hump Thursday, Feb. 15, in the quarterfinals of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Class 3A Northern Basketball Championships.
The No. 5 Vikings played the No. 4 Vaqueros even closer in the third matchup, sending the game to overtime, but eventually they suffered their third consecutive heartbreaking defeat, 67-59, to end their season.
The loss was made more difficult because the Vikings held a 16-8 lead after the first period and went into the fourth quarter with that same 8-point lead. South Tahoe managed just six points over the final eight minutes and Fernley rallied to force overtime. The Vaqueros kept the momentum and outscored the Vikings 29-12 over the final 13 minutes of the game.
Kevin Lehmann scored 20 points to lead the Vikings but fouled out in the fourth period and was not available for overtime. McCallan Castles scored 18 points and was the only Vikings players to score in overtime with six points. Cameron Lehmann added 15 points for South Tahoe.
The Vikings were on the wrong side of the foul calls in the second half with Fernley at one point having a 7 to 1 edge and got into the bonus shooting free throws.
The Vikings reached the playoffs for the third straight season and, with first-year head coach David Finnegan, finished the year with an overall record of 11-11 and were 9-7 in the Northern League, good for fifth place.