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Reed boys remain undefeated, top North Valleys
by Nathan Shoup
Jan 15, 2014 | 938 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Trae Wells (in white) works for room in the paint in front of North Valleys' Alex McGwire (No. 0), late in Tuesday's 75-54 win over North Valleys. Wells finished with a season-high 29 points.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Trae Wells (in white) works for room in the paint in front of North Valleys' Alex McGwire (No. 0), late in Tuesday's 75-54 win over North Valleys. Wells finished with a season-high 29 points.
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Reed extended its winning streak to seven games Tuesday night and improved to 13-3, 6-0 in league games with a, 73-54, home win over North Valleys. But it wasn’t a win that left Raiders coach Dustin Hall giggling.

The Raiders led by 22, 46-24, in the waning moments of the first half but traded buckets with the Panthers in the second half and and never saw their lead grow to more than 24.

North Valleys’ Jalil Walker hit a jumper from the elbow late in the third quarter to close the gap to 15, the closest the guests would get.

“Obviously, we got the result we wanted. We got the win,” Hall said. “But defensively, I thought it was one of our least inspired efforts. I thought we were just lazy. We didn’t rebound the ball well. We really didn’t seek out loose balls and we were content just trying to outscore them.”

Walker was the biggest culprit of the Raiders' defensive struggles, scoring a team-high 23 points.

“He (Walker) is a kid who can get his shot off any time so all five guys on the court have to know where he is to be ready to help,” Hall said. “He demands attention. He hit some tough shots and he’s going to hit tough shots.”

As much as Hall had to critique about his group’s defensive play, he had almost nothing to fix up on the offensive end.

Trae Wells finished with a season-high 29 points and led the Raiders to a 46-27 halftime advantage. The lengthy senior scored the first seven points of the game and finished with 14 points in the first eight minutes.

Reed led 26-11 going into the second quarter.

“(Wells) came out on a mission tonight. That was the first time this year that we have seen Trae come out determined to kind of take the game over offensively,” Hall said.

Wells went on another personal run, 6-0, late in the second quarter to help Reed grab the 19-point halftime advantage.

“The pace got going. Trae came out and was scoring the ball. Guys were hitting shots. We were getting the looks we wanted, so that was good,” Hall said. “Anytime you score 47 in a half, hopefully you’re winning, so we were happy with that.”

North Valleys outscored Reed 14-12 in the third quarter before the Raiders bested the Panthers in the final eight minutes, 17-13.

Jamel Ramos finished with 17 points and Alonzo Vega threw nine into the Raiders' scoring pot. Vega threw down his third dunk in two games in the first half but it was waived off after he shuffled his feet before jumping.

Jordin McGuigan (11 points) joined Walker as the only Panther to finish in double digits.

The visitors fell to 9-7, 1-5 in league games but Hall said they are much better than their league record indicates.

“They have lost a couple heartbreakers. They lost in overtime to Reno (67-63 last Friday). They were up 10 on Damonte with like a minute and a half,” Hall said. “So that team is going to beat some teams and make a playoff push.”

Reed puts its undefeated league record on the line Friday when it plays at Bishop Manogue (5-7, 2-4 in league games). Tip is at 6:30 p.m.

“It’s going to be a good one. They have five guys on the court almost all the time who can shoot the three ball, who can score the ball, can space you out, so they’re a matchup problem,” Hall said. “Our guys will be ready. I’m sure they’ll be ready and it’ll be a fight so we’re excited about it.”

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