Fallon junior Brady Alves goes up to the hoop against Wooster in the Greenwave’s 62-47 crossover league win on Dec. 23.
RENO — The Greenwave boys basketball team exploded in the first quarter and never looked back against Wooster.
The Greenwave raced out to a 16-5 lead to bury the Colts, 62-47, on Dec. 23.
“Our post players are a lot more active and aggressive. They always rebound well but this time, they’re doing a better job at scoring,” Fallon coach Chelle Dalager said. “A lot of that has to do with our guard penetration with (junior) Brady (Alves), (senior) Shawn (McAlexander) and (sophomore) Braden (Sorensen).”
Alexander led the team in scoring with 13 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, and Sorensen added 11, including a pair of 3’s. Sophomore Trevor Hyde, who plays the post with junior Baylor Sandberg, scored 10 points and was two rebounds (eight) shy of a double-double.
Alves and Sandberg each scored seven points, and Sandberg added six rebounds.
Fallon, which led by 18 at halftime, shot the ball well against Wooster, making 54 percent of its shots.
“I was just really happy with their ball movement. You can tell they’re starting to trust each other more,” Dalager added. “Our defense is solid and that will help us in some games that are a lot tougher.”
Girls: Wooster 58, Fallon 54
The Lady Wave led most of their game against the Colts before the hosts came back to win, 58-54.
Junior Madasyn Moyle led the team with 18 points and junior Zoey Jarrett scored 10 points. Sophomore Vernita Fillmore scored eight points, freshman Jada Anastasio added six and freshman Dylan Ekins-Faught had four. Fillmore and Jarrett each sunk a pair of 3-pointers.
Free throws were the difference as Fallon converted only 26 of 42 while shooting 28 percent from the floor.
“Our biggest thing is we’re struggling with weak-side help. (Wooster) turned the ball over at least 40 times,” Fallon coach Kevin Wickware said. “We did everything right but didn’t capitalize. We struggled on free throws. You can’t expect to win tight games. We just have to clean up those things.”
Although the loss puts Fallon at a disadvantage in the standings — the 3A West crossover games count as double because teams play each other only once — Wickware is confident in his team’s position as they jump into 3A East play.
“They are younger. They’re trying and that’s a big game. The pressure amounts. It’s good experience,” he added. “The nice thing is we still have our entire league season. I’m still liking where we’re at right now.”
Both Fallon teams were on the road last week in holiday tournaments and return to league play today when the Greenwave visit Lowry. The Fallon girls take on the defending state champs at 6 p.m. followed by the boys at 7:30 p.m. in the 3A East opener for both teams.
The Bighorns boys basketball team won its third game in a row, taking down enCompass Academy, 46-30, on Dec. 19 in Reno.
Sophomore Fenn Mackedon led the team with 14 points and freshman Matthew Bird added nine and freshman Benton Snow had seven. Bird led in rebounding with six boards and Mackedon and Snow each had five. Trevor Barrenchea and Bird also had three steals apiece.
Oasis Academy faced Mammoth on Wednesday and visits Smith Valley next week before hosting Whittell.