Bishop Manogue stole a 41-38 High Desert League victory at Reed in boys prep basketball action, strengthening its grip on second place in the conference standings.
The private Catholic school improved to 16-6 overall but more importantly 7-1 in HDL play while dropping Reed (13-8) to 3-5 in league affairs.
“We got a little tentative (in the fourth quarter). We tried to run some motion, get guys moving and get some ball reversals, but then we got tentative and didn’t attack,” said Reed assistant Dustin Hall, who was handling the Raiders’ coaching chores while head coach Paul Gray served a one-game suspension.
Travis Petersen knocked down a 3-pointer at the 7:36 mark of the fourth quarter to give Reed a 34-25 lead.
Bishop Manogue responded with nine unanswered points. Keith Feutsch had seven of those points and capped the burst with a trey to knot the scoreboard at 34-34 with 5:02 to go in the contest.
The scoreboard stayed that way for the next three and a half minutes as both teams buckled down on the defensive ends of the floor and traded stops.
The visiting Miners ran their string of consecutive points to 12 when Feutsch canned a 3-pointer in the corner, forging the South Reno school into a 37-34 lead.
Feutsch led all scorers with 15 points. He was the only Miner to post double digits in the scoring column.
Reed was never able to regain the lead. Nick Dixon made a driving a layup for the Raiders, trimming the BMHS edge to 37-36 with 1:17 still showing on the clock.
Bobby Hunter answered for Bishop Manogue by draining a pair of free throws with 40 seconds left. The margin went back to one when Reed’s Aaron Greenblat got a runner to fall with 24.8 remaining.
Hunter left the door open for Reed when he converted just 1 of 2 free throws on the Miners next trip down the floor. The Raiders had a chance to tie the game on the ensuing trip down the floor but Petersen’s pull-up jumper in the lane rimmed out and Bishop Manogue’s 6-foot 9-inch senior center Josh Lepley pulled down the rebound with nine seconds left.
Lepley proceeded to make 1 of 2 shots from the charity stripe seconds later, accounting for the final score.
“I was prodding the kids the whole game to try and pick up their (defensive) intensity. I thought they were going through the motions,” Bishop Manogue coach Rick Stevens said. “It was the kind of deal where one or two plays go your way, you feel good about yourself and start to work a little harder.”
Reed got off to a good start, jumping out to a 13-4 lead after one period. The Raiders’ scoring slowed in the second eight minutes as the scoreboard read just 18-12 at the intermission.
“We didn’t want to press, like we usually do. We wanted to make them work in the half court for everything they got. We did that for three quarters,” Hall said, alluding to the Miners’ 19-point fourth period. “I felt like we played a little bit not to lose, instead of to win.”
Dixon scored 13 points to pace the Reed offense. Zack Wood chipped in 10 points for the Raiders.