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Lowry rips Reed
by Dan Eckles
Dec 13, 2013 | 1400 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed's Jamel Ramos drives into the lane and eyes the hoop while trying to get off a scoop shot around the defense of Lowry's Tanner Lecumberry during first-half action of Friday night's tournament game between the two schools.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed's Jamel Ramos drives into the lane and eyes the hoop while trying to get off a scoop shot around the defense of Lowry's Tanner Lecumberry during first-half action of Friday night's tournament game between the two schools.
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed guard Alec Leighton drives baseline during first-quarter action of the Raiders' loss to Lowry Friday night.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed guard Alec Leighton drives baseline during first-quarter action of the Raiders' loss to Lowry Friday night.
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The Reed boys basketball team looked like a team that was playing its fourth game in as many days Friday. The result wasn't pretty for Reed fans. The Raiders looked lethargic and a step slow all night while Lowry was active and sharp en route to handing the RHS squad a 65-46 defeat in a semifinal game of the annual Rail City Classic, hosted at Wooster High School.

Lowry took control in the final minute and a half of the first period. Reed led 10-7 with 2:41 left in the initial period, following a putback by Alonzo Vega. That was the highlight of the night for Reed. Lowry, of Winnemucca scored the final seven points of the first quarter and grabbed a 14-10 edge after the first eight minutes of action.

The 7-0 spurt kick-started a huge outburst for the Buckaroos. Lowry ripped off the final 15 points of the second quarter and wound up outscoring Reed 18-1 in the period. Reed's lone point in the quarter came on a free throw by senior post Jack Kuchler, less than a minute into the second quarter. In all, Lowry ended up stringing together a 25-1 run over the final 10:41 of the first half.

Lowry played mostly man-to-man defense in the first quarter but played a hybrid 3-2 zone scheme in the second quarter and gave the Reed offense fits.

"They were active," Reed coach Dustin Hall said of Lowry's zone defensive effort. "They have nice length and we talked that they were going to play some 3-2 and 1-2-2. Their effort combined with our inability to take care of the ball really hurt us."

Lowry coach Chad Peters liked what he saw from his team on the defensive end of the floor, especially in the tell-tale second quarter.

"We've been mixing it up, playing a lot of zone and man," Peters said. "We want to take away whatever the other team does well."

Trailing 32-11 at the half, Reed's offense began to show signs of life in the third period. The Raiders outscored the Buckaroos 12-8 through the first four-plus minutes of the third period. A 3-point play by Vega at the 3:53 mark of the quarter concluded the modest run that left Reed still facing a 40-23 deficit.

That was as good as it got for Reed. The Raiders were never that close again. Lowry scored 12 of the next 15 points, largely by breaking Reed's press for easy fast-break layups. The Buckaroos still outscored Reed 21-18 in the period.

"I was a little disappointed with that (early third-period) stretch," Peters said. "We came out of halftime and thought they were going to quit. I keep telling my guys that people aren't going to quit. Our guys can't just go through the motions. But then we got out and ran too. We can play fast or slow."

Reed did outscore Lowry 17-12 in the final quarter but it mattered little. The RHS gang never got closer than 19 points in the final period.

Vega led Reed with 15 points, but he was the only Raider to find double figures in the scoring column.

Lowry's Josh Shaver led all scorers, contributing 17 to the Bucks' winning cause. Dusty Bryan added 12 for Lowry, which saw eight different players score in the tournament triumph.

With its win over Reed, Lowry, a DI-A school, improved to 7-1 and is making its mark as one of the top teams in northern Nevada in any classification. The Bucks' victory over the Raiders gave them five wins over DI teams already this season. Lowry's only loss this season came last weekend in Las Vegas to Arbor View, a DI-A state semifinalist a year ago.

Lowry advances into Saturday's tournament final against Damonte Ranch. The title tilt will tip off at 2 p.m. at Wooster.

"Tonight was a credit to Lowry," Hall said. "They played better and coached better. Everything they did was better than us tonight ... But I'm not going to beat my guys up. All eight of those guys has given me everything they have the last four days. We were just outclassed tonight. We didn't have it and they beat us."

Reed, which suffered its first loss Friday, now sits 3-1 and will meet Galena in the tournament's third-place game, which is scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. start at Wooster.

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