Truckee’s Tony Rodriguez picked off a cross-court pass and broke away for an easy layup that gave the visiting Wolverines a 35-31 lead a minute into the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for the California club, that’s as good as it got. Reed responded with a 15-1 run to grab the momentum and secure the win.
The Raiders took their first lead, 36-35, after an AJ Silva 3-pointer at the 6:32 mark of the fourth quarter. Truckee tied the game at 36s when Dillon Sheedy knocked down 1-of-2 free throws 11 seconds later.
It was all Reed from there as the RHS crew scored 10 straight points over the next three minutes. Reed’s Andre Franklin put the finishing touches on the spurt by draining a pair of free throws, making the scoreboard read 46-36.
Truckee’s Colin Christian buried two free throws with 3:01 to go in the game. That made the score 46-38, but the THS hoopsters could get no closer.
“We had more energy (in the fourth quarter),” Reed coach Dustin Hall said. “We kind of started to play with more urgency. And we had talked about coming out with urgency. But, like we have most of the season, we came out flat.”
Despite its fourth-quarter collapse, Truckee had control through the initial three periods. Clayton O’Connel got a spinning runner in the lane to fall through the twine, giving the guests a 10-3 lead seven minutes into the non-conference affair.
Reed (4-4) trailed 12-7 at the end of the first quarter. The 4A Raiders knotted the game at 12-12 after a Kyle Ross jumper with 7:16 to go in the second quarter.
Truckee (6-2) scored seven of the next nine points and wound up taking a 20-17 lead by halftime. The 3A Wolverines kept the momentum for most of the third period. A Rodriguez runner with 13 ticks to go in the third gave Truckee its largest lead, 33-26, since late in the first quarter.
“In the fourth quarter, when Reed got the lead on us, we kind of unraveled,” Truckee coach Angelo Tenorio said. “We had too many turnovers. “In the first three quarters, we moved the ball well. We were taking care of the ball and we were finishing.”
Rodriguez led all scorers, posting 14 points for the Wolverines in defeat.
Reed’s Dylan McKenzie gave the RHS squad a bright spot to build on when he dropped a 3-point bomb as time expired on the third quarter.
Devin Gray scored 12 points to pace Reed, but he was the lone Raider in double figures.