With a strong first quarter offensive output, the Raiders jumped out to an early lead and picked up a 77-65 win over North Valleys Friday night.
“A win is a win. We needed it and we got it,” Reed boys basketball coach Dustin Hall said.
At the midway point of the first quarter, the Panthers tied it at 7-7 on a 3-pointer.
But then Reed scored 12 of the next 14 points, claiming a double-digit edge, 19-9, with 40 seconds to go in the first. An A.J. Silva 3-pointer allowed the Raiders to double up on the Panthers, 22-11, after the first quarter.
North Valleys threatened to make runs in the second eight minutes. The Raiders went up by a first-half high of 14 points, 27-13, but the Panthers cut that lead in half following back-to-back buckets down low by Brandon Owen. That made it a 31-24 game.
The cushion remained around 10 points for the final two minutes of the first half. Andre Franklin’s drive and layup with 2 seconds on the clock capped a prolific first half for the RHS crew. The home team went back into the locker room leading 41-31.
“It was good and bad. It was good to come out and jump on somebody, but we talked about not settling and trying to extend,” Hall said. “So I was a little disappointed that we didn’t extend and put our foot down on them. Give them credit. They made a lot of shots.”
The third quarter was much of the same. North Valleys got within seven again, 44-37, but Reed was there to answer again. Franklin knocked down a pair of treys within a minute of each other, forging the Raiders ahead by 11, 50-39, at the 5:20 mark.
Kyle Ross had a nice two trips down the floor, hitting a 3-pointer and then knocking down a jumper off a screen, putting the Raiders ahead 55-41.
Dylan Raatz capped the 7-0 run when Ross went up like he was going to shoot but fired a diagonal pass to the low block instead.
Gled Bautista provided consecutive scores for the Panthers, only to see McKenzie sink a jumper at the buzzer for a 59-45 advantage after three.
A McKenzie trey with 4:47 left in the contest gave Reed its largest lead of the night, 70-53. Then the Panthers began chipping away.
Nick Palko, who Reed could not slow down in the paint all night, muscled his way up for a putback. The basket made it a single digit game for the first time in over 10 minutes, 72-63. It also left 1:40 on the clock and allowed the Panthers to play the foul game.
It didn’t pay off though as North Valleys never got closer than a 73-65 score with under 30 seconds to play.
In his first start, McKenzie led Reed with 17 points. Franklin and Ross added 13 and 12 points respectively.
“This team is a deep team. Some nights we get zero from our starters and our bench gives us a bunch, and some nights our starters give us a bunch and our bench doesn’t do much. It’s just a deep team and every night someone different steps up, which is good,” Hall said.
Palko had a game-high 25 points. Panther teammates Bautista and Jordan Digiulio chipped in 13 and 11 points respectively.
The Raiders (6-9, 3-6 in Northern 4A) will try to exact some revenge at Spanish Springs today. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.