The Reed boys followed up the girls’ strong effort and capped the night with a lopsided 83-51 triumph.
The Raiders used a full-court press to turn the pressure on the Colts and built a 7-2 lead before a mass substitution sent the starters to the bench.
A couple minutes later, the starters came back and increased on the 9-2 edge they were given.
Senior shooting guard Dylan McKenzie was on fire for the Blue and Gold, scoring more than twice as many points as the Colts in the first quarter. McKenzie knocked down three 3-pointers in the opening quarter and scored 13 of Reed’s 21 points as the Raiders took a 21-6 lead into the second quarter.
Wooster never got the chance to climb back in the game.
“Our guys did a good job pressuring them for most of the first half and forcing the tempo,” Reed boys basketball coach Dustin Hall said. “We forced them into some early shots and turnovers that turned into our offense. We did a good job in transition in that first half.”
Before the Raiders took their largest lead of the half at 28 points, 48-20, Reed held advantages of 21 points six different times, the last being at 40-19 with 1:50 remaining in the first half. The Raiders finally broke through the 21-point lead late in the second quarter. Five straight points by Trae Wells, including a deep 3-pointer, and a free throw by Rayraun Stamps and a long jumper by Jamel Ramos with 2 seconds left, handed the hosts a 48-20 lead at halftime.
McKenzie’s hot hand continued out of the intermission as he drained 3-pointers on back-to-back trips down the floor. He hit six shots from behind the arc and finished with a game-high 26 points.
“He’s been shooting the ball real well and efficiently. He’s been taking good shots,” Hall said.
Later in the third, Reed went on a 10-0 spurt over a three-minute span to close in on the 40-point plateau that would have left the clock running. The Raiders did not lead by more than a 68-30 discrepancy.
The Colts scored seven of the last eight points of the third period, closing the gap to 69-37.
Consecutive threes by McKenzie and Ross increased the edge back up to 38 points, 77-39, with 5:43 to go in the Northern 4A league crossover clash.
But again the Blue and Gold could not get the lead to 40 and the reserves re-entered the game, allowing Wooster to manufacture more offense. JJ Harloff paced Wooster with 14 points, while teammate Deshawn Pughsley added 12.
A.J. Silva contributed 15 points to Reed’s winning cause.
“For this early in the season and some guys only being in the gym for a couple weeks, I’m proud,” Hall said. “We still have a long ways to go. A lot of little things, so it’s going to take time. Obviously we’re where we want to be in league play. I’m content right now.”
Reed (3-3, 3-0 in Northern 4A) hosts McQueen Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.
Reed 77, Wooster 31
Wooster tried to stave off the Lady Raiders from instituting the running clock mercy rule for as long as it could in the girls game. At the midway point of the third, Wooster’s Summer Dressler swished a 3-pointer from the left wing, closing the gap to 35 points, 59-24.
But the Colts finally resigned to their fate and the fact they would become mercy rule victims at the hands of a second Rail City school this winter. With just under three minutes left in the third quarter and after Wooster turned the ball over, Reed came down the court and made it a 40-point lead on a Tyler Sumpter 3-pointer from the corner for her game-high 18th point of the game. It was also part of a 7-0 rally that started with a Nyasha LeSure jumper from the elbow and concluded with a Makaela Moore bucket, staking Reed to a 66-24 lead.
Wooster did score the final bucket of the third, cutting the deficit to 66-26, heading into the final eight minutes. However, the fourth quarter had a running clock the entire time.
Raider reserve guard Brooke Cervantes scored seven unanswered points in about a 30-second span of actual game action, leaving the Raiders ahead 75-27, the largest margin of the game.
Gabby Williams and Sierra Hooft both scored 12 points and LeSure added 10 in the winning cause.
Reed owned a 49-17 edge at the break after scoring 29 points in the first quarter and 20 in the second.
“I thought we played good. I know I got players some good time at different spots. We worked on some things and got after it that way,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said. “You just challenge your players. You put Gabby in the post and make somebody else bring the ball up. The ones who don’t usually shoot the three, you let them shoot the three just so they get some confidence. Because we know in the long run, in a tough game, anything is possible. So we put those challenges out there for them.”
Reed (4-0, 4-0 in Northern 4A) is back at home Thursday against McQueen. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.