Throughout the night, the Blue and Gold pressured the Miners. With hands in lanes and a strong effort on the glass, the Raiders provided Manogue a tiny window for production. Twice the Miners tallied nine points in a quarter, with 12 being the highest point-total BMHS was able to yield in an eight-minute period. That wasn't enough and Reed rolled to a 55-40 crossover league victory.
“Our guards just pressured the ball so hard up in the back court and we just kind of fed off that,” Reed coach Dustin Hall said of his team’s defensive effort. “They did a really good job. We gave up a few easy looks early in our half-court stuff, but we really buckled down and for the most part held them to one shot on their trips. That pressure and rebounding gave us some good looks in transition.”
While the Raiders’ defense was giving Manogue little reason for optimism, the Reed offense did not exactly keep pace either. After one quarter of play, Reedheld a slim 13-9 advantage. In the second quarter, neither side gained much ground until just before halftime.
Still maintaining a lead, with the scoreboard reading 19-18 in favor of the hosts with 2:00 on the second quarter game clock, Reed, began to separate itself.
Sparked by a three-pointer from the wing by junior Trae Wells, Reed scored seven of the final eight points of the quarter, including a pair of back-to-back layups by Austin Corbett and Deyraun Stamps. At the intermission the Raiders held a 26-19 lead.
In the third quarter, Manogue was unable to gain any traction on the Raiders, but Reed also did not create any more separation as the sides traded baskets throughout the quarter en route to a 37-31 RHS lead.
With the game still up for grabs, Reed put to rest any thoughts of a Miners’ comeback as it held the visitors to just one basket during the first five minutes of the fourth quarter.
A baseline drive and score, followed by a wide open triple by junior Alonzo Vega, initiated a 13-2 outburst that catapulted the Raiders ahead for good.
The possession after Vega’s three, Stamps curled off of a screen and dropped in a scoop shot to push the lead to double digits for the first time in the contest at 44-33. Senior Devin Gray then clinched the victory with the next six points of the run for a 50-33 lead with three minutes left in the contest.
“We did a real good job executing, especially in the second half. Almost every time down we got a look that we really like,” Hall said. “That was probably the best we’ve executed in a while as far as every possession just getting a good look. Ty Shepard did a great job getting us in our sets every time down. I thought Alonzo stepped up and made some big plays on offense and knocked down some shots and Devin Gray stepped up too.
“It was a really balanced effort which is nice because Trae was in foul trouble most of the night so he never could really get in a rhythm. We have a lot of guys on this team that can play and score and everyone fills a different role on different nights. It’s good to see other guys step up.”
The Raiders had just two players reach double figures in scoring, with Vega leading the way with 11 points. Gray tallied 10 points on the night. Shepard and Wells finished the contest with nine points apiece. Manogue had no player reach double digits.
Reed (8-6, 4-3 High Desert League) has a week off before returning to the hardwood for a home contest against cross-town rival Spanish Springs Jan. 18 at 7 p.m.