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Second-half offense propels Reed boys to victory
by Dan Eckles
Dec 22, 2012 | 3030 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed's Austin Corbett eyes the hoop for a putback during Reed's win over Manogue Saturday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed's Austin Corbett eyes the hoop for a putback during Reed's win over Manogue Saturday.
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The Reed boys basketball team found some offensive punch in the second half and bounced Bishop Manogue, 68-46, in the third-place game of the Rail City Classic at Sparks High School Saturday morning.

Reed struggled to find consistent offense before halftime and found itself deadlocked in a 27-27 tie at halftime. Many of its early woes came in the first quarter where Reed managed just eight points. The Raiders have been scoring in single digits in the first eight minutes of games far too often to coach Dustin Hall's liking.

"Right now, we're just struggling to come out and put the ball in hole," Hall said. "Today, I did think we came out with the right mindset. The ball just didn't go in. We'll try to find a way in the next couple of weeks to fix that."

Still, Reed got it going after the intermission. The Raiders scored 20 points in the third period and poured on 21 more in the fourth. Conversely, the RHS crew limited Manogue to 19 total points in the second half to help blow the game open.

"We just started defending," Hall said, alluding to his team's improved effort after the half. "We got some stops and got out in transition to get some easy buckets. We talked at halftime that we needed to buckle down and get stops. We did that."

Reed's Trae Wells posted 22 points to lead all scorers. John Stacy and Alonzo Vega chipped in 11 and 10 points respectively to help the Raiders' winning cause.

Reed won three of four games in the annual tournament and has won five of its last six games in an eight-day span. Next, the Raiders will get some extended practice time. They do not play again until they face Douglas Jan 5.

"I like what we did this week," Hall said. "But we all know there's a lot of stuff to clean up. I like this break we've got. We don't get a lot of skill work done in the preseason. We don't even get our whole team together because of football. Now we've got time to do some of that and see how good we can be."
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