The Raiders hit Douglas early, stunning the Northern 4A power Tigers with a barrage of baskets. Unfortunately for Reed, the visiting Tigers regrouped and outlasted Reed, 76-58 Friday evening.
“I think we wore down a little bit, which is my fault,” Reed coach Dustin Hall said. “I think we need to be in better shape. Our conditioning’s probably not where it needs to be, and that falls on me. We weren’t tough enough. Every loose ball, every rebound, they seemed to get. Defensively we just broke down. Our on-ball defense was awful. We took too many chances and we broke down. They exposed us.”
Douglas took an early 6-2 lead a minute in to the contest, but Reed guard Dylan McKenzie then caught fire.
Getting into a zone, McKenzie went on a tear as he hit five treys in a row, sparking a 22-2 run over five minutes that vaulted the Raiders to a 24-8 lead.
“Obviously a great start,” Hall said. “Dylan came out ready and he hit a bunch of big shots. So that was nice, but they bounced back like good teams do. And obviously, we weren’t going to sustain that pace of making a three every possession.”
With two minutes remaining in the first quarter, the Tigers closed it out with the first of nine unanswered points, bringing the score to 24-17 and beginning their comeback.
After Douglas scored the initial four points of the second period, to get within three points, the teams then traded blow for blow as buckets went back and forth for the remainder of the quarter. Reed went into halftime, holding a 41-36 advantage.
Coming out of the intermission, the third quarter proved to be the turning point in the game. Scoring only seven points on 3-of-16 shooting (18.8 percent), the Raiders watched Douglas take control of the game.
A 9-2 run gave the Tigers their first lead of the game since the opening minute. An 11-0 run to end the quarter left the scoreboard reading 56-48 in favor of Douglas with a quarter yet to play.
The momentum swing of the third was too much for Reed. The Raiders continued to falter on offense. Doulgas added 10 more points to buffer its lead in the fourth on its way to the victory.
Reed was led on the night by McKenzie with 18 points, all from beyond the arc. AJ Silva added 10 points while Jamel Ramos, Kyle Ross and Trae Wells all dropped in eight each.
Douglas was paced by forward Hunter Myers, who led the game with 19 points. Nick Maestretti and Trevor Shaffer each chipped in with 13 points respectively.
Reed returns to the court today against Sparks with tipoff set for 5 p.m. at RHS.
“We’re looking to see if we can respond coming off a tough game,” Hall said. “We’re going to need all 13 of our guys, and all 13 are going to contribute. Basically, we just have to become tougher and more disciplined, and continue to get better. If we use this and learn from it, this could help us. And it will help us, because we’re going to get better.”