Reed (3-2) finished fourth in the 12-team Rail City Classic with the loss, capping a five-games-in-five-days stretch.
The game was also the first for four RHS players who just became eligible after competing in last weekend’s state football championship game in Las Vegas.
“The eight that have been playing, they’re a little tired but more than that we’re not organized right now,” Reed coach Dustin Hall said. “We got everyone just kind of moving pieces so it showed. We just kind of ran around for 32 minutes.”
Motored by Josiah Wood and his game-high 27 points, Galena outscored Reed 25-11 in the second quarter to take a 33-17 lead at the half.
The gap ballooned to 40-19 early in the third quarter before Trae Wells, who finished with 12 points, one of the players who just became eligible, came off the bench and scored eight quick points. Jamel Ramos (12 points) then hit a trey at the third-quarter buzzer to cut the lead to 43-32 after three quarters.
“They had a little fight in the second half,” Hall said. “We obviously dug ourselves too big of a hole but they had a little fight and a little comeback at the end so that was good to see.”
Ramos hit a pair of free throws with 4:52 remaining to shave the lead to 46-40 but the Raiders could not get any closer as shots stopped falling. Galena switched to a zone defense late, which the Raiders haven’t seen a lot of this year.
“We haven’t really worked a lot on our zone offense and it gave us issues, their length, so we couldn’t figure out how to attack it,” Hall said.
Hall admitted falling to Lowry Friday, and to Galena Saturday, was a frustrating finish to the tournament but noted that early-season tournaments do more for a team than impact the win-loss record.
“It is (frustrating) but we talked about it, leading up to all of it was the only one that really mattered for us was Tuesday (home crossover-league win against Douglas),” Hall said. “Obviously you play to win the game, you want to win them all, but we learned a lot about ourselves these last couple games and that was good … This is a good thing for us.”
Galena’s big man Zack Lessinger (10 points) was the only Grizzly (other than Wood) to finish in double figures.