With still only eight eligible players due to the Reed football program’s participation in last weekend's state title game, the Raiders topped Douglas (last year’s Sierra champion) 60-49 at Reed, Tuesday night, in its season opener. Douglas fell to 2-2 with the loss.
“Oh, I’m a happy man. The eight guys that played tonight, I’m just proud of them,” Hall said. “It was a complete team effort.”
Reed junior Jamel Ramos broke a tie at 15 early in the second quarter with a three ball and the Raiders never trailed again. Ramos went on to hit seemingly every shot he took, finishing with a game-high 26 points after sitting much of the second half with cramps.
“It felt good every time I released it,” Ramos said. “Once I hit one or two, I felt it.”
After sitting out last year, Ramos’ last game on the court, as a freshman, was in a regional-tournament loss to the same Tigers. He said he hadn’t forgot that loss going into the game.
Reed’s lead ballooned to 21 late in the third quarter on an Alec Leighton (nine points) 3-pointer but dwindled down to as little as eight late in the fourth quarter before Reed hung on for the 11-point win.
The visiting Tigers were led by senior 6-foot 10-inch big man James Herrick. Herrick finished with a team-high 24 points and played the major role in the Tigers' attempt at a fourth-quarter comeback.
Led by Ramos, the Raiders had a tough time missing Tuesday night.
“They were (falling for us) and we haven’t been shooting it that well in practice so that was a pleasant surprise,” Hall said. “To be honest, that wasn’t the game plan. We were going to try to slow it down a little bit tonight but our kids came out. We tell them to stay aggressive, and they stayed aggressive.”
The phrase ‘shooting lights out’ came to fruition late in the third quarter when a power strip at the Reed scoring table went out and took both scoreboards with it. Play temporarily stopped for just more than a minute before Reed's administration corrected the problem.
Another rarely seen moment in the game, Ramos put up a 3-point shot as the first half expired and unlike most of the night, the ball did not find the bottom of the net. The ball ricocheted to Reed big man Jack Kuchler, who was fouled on his putback attempt as time expired.
Douglas left the court before Kuchler hit both free throws with the clock showing triple zeros. The pair of freebies put Reed in front 26-16 going into the locker room.
Reed’s Alonzo Vega chipped in 10 points in the win.
“I’m not going to say it’s a statement (win) but Douglas is a very good team and they are going to make some noise,” Hall said. “They always win that league (Sierra), or finish second, so we’ll hopefully get a chance to play them again in the playoffs.”
Reed (1-0, 1-0 league) plays in the Rail City Classic Thursday at Sparks High.