And it was off to the races for the Raiders from the jump -- for a few seconds.
After scoring on two consecutive fast breaks within the first 24 seconds of the game, the High Desert League contest with Reno turned into a low-scoring affair for the home squad.
The first 16 minutes were low-scoring for both teams, but Reno came out of halftime on a mission and stormed past Reed to a 61-48 road victory.
“They did everything better than us. I thought we had some momentum and they stole it from us at the end of the first half,” Reed boys basketball coach Dustin Hall said. “They came out from the very first play of the second half and did everything better than us. They took it to us.”
Reno erased a slim 6-2 deficit with an 8-0 rally that gave it a 10-6 cushion midway through the first quarter.
Two foul shots by the hosts stopped the run and a 3-pointer by Deyraun Stamps pushed the Raiders ahead 11-10 after the first eight minutes of action.
Reno trailed by as much as five, 23-18, following a pair of free throws by Alonzo Vega with 1:16 to play before the intermission. However, the Raiders wouldn’t score again in the first half.
Jakob Rolling scored on a drive to the hoop. Zachary Puzey pulled down a rebound and put in the follow and Kyle Mahaffey ripped the twine on a 3-pointer from the wing with 3 seconds on the clock, forging the visitors into a 25-23 advantage at the break.
That momentum continued in the second half. The Huskies outscored the Raiders 20-8 in the third quarter and were never seriously threatened again.
Sparked by senior point guard Ty Shepard, Reed made a run at Reno in the fourth quarter. Shepard scored seven straight points, bringing the east Sparks school to within eight, 51-43, with 2:53 to play. It was the last time the margin was single digits.
Reno increased the lead to a game-high 59-43 mark with 1:17 left in the game.
Reno’s Connor Bush led all scorers with 14 points. Mahaffey and Puzey contributed 12 and 10 to the winning cause.
Shepard paced the Raiders with 11 points, while Vega added 10.
“We just weren’t executing on either end,” Hall said. “Defensively, we broke down. Offensively, we gave the ball away and took poor shots. There was just no chemistry on either end. It looked like a first game.”
Reed (0-1) will take on Sparks Thursday on the first day of the Capital City Classic hosted by Carson High.