He stood in front of the Manogue student section and proceeded to throw a series of jabs in its direction while the students lurched left and right, as if they were taking the punches. Then, the boxer wound up and threw a vicious air-uppercut that knocked the whole student section on its backside.
The BMHS opponent, Reed, was much like that Miners’ student section Friday night. The Raiders got beat up in an ugly 75-55 boys prep basketball loss to the Miners in a Northern 4A league crossover matchup.
Reed’s only lead in the game was at 6-5 early in the first quarter. After that, the Raiders struggled to defend the inside-out combination of Niles Lujan, Brennan Hogan and DK White. The Miners’ lead was five points after the first quarter and 16 points at halftime.
The Raiders came out of the locker room for the third period with a new mindset. They chipped the lead down to 13 points with the shooting of Dylan McKenzie at the 4:30 mark of the quarter. The score was 43-30. Unfortunately, the Miners ran away thanks to a 16-3 run to end the third quarter.
Reed’s biggest problem was similar to the one it encountered against the Reno Huskies six days earlier, it couldn’t rebound the ball. Manogue’s frontcourt combination of White, Ethan Dillard, and Dominick Marazzo was too much to handle on the glass for Reed. The trio crashed the boards on almost every play and racked up offensive board after offensive board.
“After a game like this, you can’t afford to dwell on it,” said Reed boys basketball coach Dustin Hall. “All you can do is look toward the next game.”
The boys clad in blue and gold trailed by as much as 28 points late in the second half. Many of those points came from Lujan, who scored 21 points and drained four shots from beyond the arc. Hogan scored 16 and White contributed 14.
Devin Gray scored 13 points for Reed. All of those points came in the fourth quarter. McKenzie chipped in with 13.
Reed fell to 5-8 overall and Manogue improved to 14-4.
The Raiders’ next game is Friday against North Valleys in a High Desert League showdown.