The win snapped a two-game league losing streak – at Spanish Springs (second in the High Desert League) and at Galena (Sierra League leader) – as Reed improved to 16-6, 9-2 in league games.
“This is the tough part of our schedule. We knew it … But we’ve persevered and tonight was a good one because Carson is a solid team. It’s a tough gym to play in so I was proud of them for getting the win,” Reed coach Dustin Hall said.
Leading 41-38 going into the fourth quarter, the Raiders jumped in front 49-41 with less than five minutes left after a Jamel Ramos three. Ramos finished with a team-high 16 points.
Reed then outscored the hosts 13-7 after the Ramos three ball and coasted to its ninth league win of the season.
Trailing the entire way, Carson tied the game at 31 with 5:15 left in the third quarter after Hall sat his junior point guard, Ramos, and told him he needs to take more shots when given open looks.
Ramos buried treys on Reed’s next two possessions to put the Raiders in front 39-34, a lead they did not surrender.
“He (Ramos) is the best shooter in the state,” Hall said. “I don’t care if he misses 10 in a row. If he is open, he has to score the ball, shoot the ball, for us to be as good as we can. He just got a little gun-shy there. He didn’t want to keep shooting it, but they kept leaving him open. So, it was nice to see him knock a couple down.”
Reed started the game on a 9-0 run and took a 17-8 lead into the second quarter but Carson outscored the Raiders 13-10 in the second eight minutes.
Carson then opened the second half on a 10-4 run to tie the game at 31, the first deadlock since 0-0, before Ramos’ shooting display separated the Raiders for good.
A team that relies on its athleticism and outside shooting, Hall praised the efforts of his big men Devin Herbert (12 points) and Cody DeHaan, who found himself in the starting five for the first time this season.
“I thought Devin Herbert and Cody (DeHaan) were the keys to our good start,” Hall said. “This is the first time we started Cody all year and he brought us some energy right away. And Devin Herbert had his best practice last night and it was his best game, I think, this year.”
After a frustrating 60-51 loss at Galena Saturday where the Raiders blew a fourth-quarter lead, Hall said there was plenty for his group to work on going into Tuesday’s meeting with the Senators: Zone offense being one of them.
“A lot of teams are going to continue to zone us so we had to clean up our zone,” Hall said.
It comes with the territory of blowing a fourth-quarter lead in a big game, but Hall also wanted to work on his group’s defense.
“Defensively, our discipline, we were just breaking down too easy so we really tried to clean it up, playing without fouling, trying to get the tempo going a little bit.
“I thought we did a better job tonight playing without fouling.”
Alonzo Vega and Trae Wells – who is still battling a sprained ankle – each scored 13 points in Tuesday's win that moved Reed back into first place in the HDL, along with Spanish Springs' loss at Galena Tuesday night.
Reed will try to pick up its 10th league win of the season Friday at Hug. Tip is at 7 p.m.