SPRING CREEK – The Spring Creek boys basketball team has been on a roll, a roll that needs to continue.
After falling to 3-5 in the final game of the first half of the regular season by a score of 56-42 to Lowry on Jan. 12 in Winnemucca, the Spartans have played their best basketball at home – reeling off four straight victories.
Three of the wins came against the then-No. 2 teams in the league: Fallon, Fernley and South Tahoe.
In their latest game, Spring Creek needed every point in a 61-58 win over the Vikings.
The Spartans now look to put the final two true road games in their rear-view mirror.
Spring Creek is slated for a 7:30 p.m. tip Friday against the Wolverines in Truckee, closing the weekend with a 2:30 p.m. ballgame in Sparks – trying for a season sweep of each team.
Although the Spartans won by 20 points in a 63-43 game the first time around, Truckee gave them a solid test through three quarters on Jan. 5 in Spring Creek.
Entering the fourth period, Spring Creek led by nine at 46-37.
The final eight minutes brought out the best in the Spartans, outscoring the Wolverines 17-6.
The scoring was balanced for both squads, Spring Creek placing four players in double digits – led by 16 points from senior Ryan Miner.
Senior Dakota Larson notched 12 points, senior Thomas Ledford added 11 and senior Levi Yaunick finished with 10.
The Wolverines never posted anyone in double digits, but they had five players score six points or more – led by nine points from senior Gabe Cruz.
Despite the lopsided win, Spring Creek was dominated on the glass – grabbing just 26 rebounds – Truckee not posting stats in the department but definitely dominating the field.
As with many of its contests throughout the season, Spring Creek did damage with free throws – making 11 more than Truckee and taking 18 more attempts.
The Spartans need a win to keep pace with South Tahoe, which narrowly earned a four-point win Tuesday on the road at Dayton by a final score of 42-38 – the Vikings (8-5) taking a one-game lead over Spring Creek in the win column but the Spartans holding the second-game tiebreaker in the head-to-head matchups.
South Tahoe also enters a tough portion of its schedule, the Vikings playing two of their final three games against No. 2 Fallon (8-4) and No. 5 Fernley (7-5) – the second through sixth teams in the league separated by a grand total of two games.
The winless Railroaders (0-12) were blown through like a dose of salt by the Spartans in the first meeting on Jan. 6, Spring Creek easing to a 61-32 victory.
Senior center Jake Oliphant led a balanced attack by the Spartans with 13 points, joined in double digits with 10 points from Yaunick.
The Spartans will attempt to keep their hopes of a No. 2 seed and a first-round bye intact, closing the weekend with a 2:30 p.m. start Saturday against the Railroaders in Sparks.
Spring Creek will close the season with two matchups the Spartans lost the first time around.
The Spartans play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday against No. 1 and undefeated Elko – which won a tightly-contested game of 57-46 on Jan. 2 in Spring Creek – closing with a senior-night ballgame in an attempt to avenge the loss to the Buckaroos at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Spring Creek High School.