Reed saw its 17-point second-half lead trimmed down to 2 in the closing minutes of the game, but the east Sparks school went on 12-2 run to close it out for a 64-52 victory.
“I’m proud of the kids for getting the win because we had that lead and Reno came storming back on us and cut it to two,” Reed boys basketball coach Dustin Hall said. “That would have been a chance for us to fold, but our kids again bounced back and responded when the challenge came and pulled out another big victory.”
Reno started off the game looking to take advantage of a size mismatch with 6-foot-9 forward Jake Johnson scoring the game’s first basket down low with ease against Reed‘s lineup of five guards. But it didn’t take long for the Huskies to witness the other side of the mismatch as Johnson was hesitant to close out on A.J. Silva, who knocked down a trey from the corner, giving the Raiders the lead for good.
Devin Gray scored the next three points for Reed, pushing the lead to 6-2, two minutes into the game.
The Raiders controlled the fast tempo the entire first half, but it ended up being a low scoring half. The Huskies were plagued by turnovers from the pressure defense and the Raiders couldn’t hit shots they normally would.
“I think tonight we made the game hard on ourselves,” Hall said. “It started early with us not finishing in the first half. We struggled to put the ball in the hoop. Defensively, in the first half, I thought we were great. The second half we tried to pull away, but we kept shooting ourselves in the foot. That’s something we need to clean up.”
Reed made enough shots to double up on its hosts after one quarter, 12-6, following a Jamel Ramos floater.
The Raiders opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer by Dylan McKenzie, and Silva’s second three-ball from the corner increased the gap to double digits for the first time, 18-8.
McKenzie made it a 10-point game two more times in the second quarter on a spinning drive and a fall-away jumper. His seventh point of the quarter gave the visitors a 22-12 advantage with 3:28 to go in the first half.
However, Reed went cold, scoring just two points the rest of the way before the break, while Reno tallied eight of the final 10 points in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 24-20 at halftime. Only a Silva layup broke up what would have been an 8-0 run in a two-minute span.
Reed scored the first four points of the second half and began to pull away.
After the Huskies cut the deficit to a half dozen, Kyle Ross ignited an 8-0 Raiders run with a 3-pointer. Later, he kicked the ball out to McKenzie, who launched a high-arching shot from behind the 3-point line that barely touched net on the way down. Reed forced a turnover in the backcourt and Silva capped the spurt with a layup, increasing the Blue and Gold edge to 36-22 at the 5:13 mark of the third period.
The Raiders led by as much as 17, 45-28, following a Silva 3-pointer from the wing with 1:36 to go in the third.
Beginning in the last minute of the third quarter Reno’s David Abittan put the Huskies on his back and started down the comeback trail. Abittan had a five-point trip down the floor thanks to a pair of free throws after a technical foul was called and he nailed a 3-pointer when action resumed. He then opened the fourth with three points to conclude a 10-1 Reno rally, closing the gap to 48-40.
Abittan again scored three straight points, making it a six-point game, 52-46, approaching the midway point of the fourth quarter.
Reed then missed layups on back-to-back trips down the floor without putting the ball on the rim and the Huskies capitalized, answering with four points. But the 52-50 margin was as close as the home team would get.
Ross scored the next five points as Reed stormed into the final horn, scoring 12 of the 14 points over the last three minutes of the game. Ross scored all nine of his points in the second half.
Silva paced the Raiders with 17, while McKenzie added 16.
Abittan led all scorers with 19 points. Yuriy Ikovlev and Johnson chipped in 13 and 12 points respectively in the losing cause.
Reed (9-5, 8-2 in Northern 4A) is back on the road today at Galena for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.