Coming off two Northern 4A losses in which it gave up a halftime lead, Reed saw its six-point advantage from the half erased at Bishop Manogue. Unlike its other recent league experiences, the Raiders were able to recapture the lead and pull out a 68-59 victory.
“We’re getting better,” Reed coach Dustin Hall said. “The last couple league games we’ve had halftime leads, against Douglas and Hug, and we let those slip away. Tonight, we talked about what we have to do better coming out in that third quarter, and I thought we came out early in the third quarter and kind of established the tempo. The kids showed their toughness and their resiliency tonight.
“It’s a big one, but again we just talked about it. It’s one among 16 league games. We’ll enjoy it tonight and then we have to get better because there’s a lot of things we need to fix. This is a big one though. Any road win in league this year is a big one because it’s tough. So we’re thrilled.”
Reed jumped on the Miners early in the contest, grabbing a 10-4 lead three minutes into the game. Manogue proceeded to close the gap to a single bucket, but the Raiders closed out the first quarter with an 8-3 run, taking an 18-11 lead to the second quarter.
Within the first minute of the second, Reed pushed its lead to 22-14. An 11-3 spurt by the Miners quickly tied the game at 25-25 with 2:07 left before the intermission. Unfazed, the Raiders retook the advantage, utilizing an 8-2 run to go into the half up 33-27.
Out of the break, things began to look all too familiar for the Raiders. Initially, pushing its lead to 43-35 over the first four minutes of the quarter, Reed seemed to be comfortable defending its advantage. A burst of eight points by Manogue dismissed any such feeling as the Miners tied the game at 43-43 with 23 seconds until the final quarter.
Undaunted, Reed guard Kyle Ross dribbled the ball down court, ran the clock down and then drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Raiders snatched a 46-43 lead heading in to the fourth quarter.
With the game still up for grabs, the Raiders refused to let another lead get away.
Reed wasted no time pouncing on the Miners (4-14 overall, 3-5 in Northern 4A) to begin the fourth, putting together a 10-2 outburst to make the score 56-45 with 5:10 to play.
The two teams traded turns with the following nine baskets, leaving the score at 63-55 with 1:34 remaining. With both teams in the bonus, a parade to the free-throw line closed out the game.
“It was a battle, like we knew it would be,” Hall said. “Our guys came in and competed the whole game. We had some guys step up and hit a couple big shots. Then we got a couple stops when we needed it. It was just a great team effort tonight.”
The Raiders’ leading scorer was Ross, who finished with 20 points on the night. Guard Devin Gray also contributed to the win with 19 points. Reed also got 12 points from guard A.J. Silva.
Reed (6-5, 5-2) returns to the court Friday when it visits North Valleys at 7:30 p.m.