With the game knotted and only a minute remaining, Reed's Brendan Cancino hit a shot from behind the arc that Reed coach Dustin Hall called, “the biggest shot of the night.” Then leading by three, Jamel Ramos came up with a steal and rolled the ball into the hoop to put Reed up five with too little time remaining for the Miners.
“I’m really proud of our guys. It was a rowdy, crazy kind of playoff environment. The first one we’ve played in this year,” Hall said. “We struggled offensively early and credit Manogue. They were hitting shots and playing with a lot of emotion but I was really proud of the second half. Every time Manogue would hit a shot, our guys would respond.”
Reed improved to 14-3, 7-0 in league games while Bishop Manogue dropped to 5-8, 1-5 in league contests.
For the Raiders, it was just the sixth time the game was decided by less than 10 points.
“For whatever reason, we haven’t played very many close games this year on either end,” Hall said. “The games we have lost, we’ve lost substantially. And a lot of the games we’ve won have been 10-, 12-, 15-, 20-point margins. So we haven’t had a lot of high-stress basketball games. I thought it was great.”
Reed is 5-1 in games decided by nine points or less this season.
With the game tied at 32 at the half, Reed took a 51-50 lead into the fourth before Cancino and Ramos’ late-game heroics.
Ramos led all scorers with 29 points.
“Jamel was outstanding tonight,” Hall said. “In the first half, he hit a bunch of jumpers, a bunch of threes. Then Trae (Wells) kind of took the game over in the second half and he was getting a lot of baskets for us just on his own. Jamel played the point guard and kept hitting Trae.”
Wells had a solid night of his own, finishing with 24 points but rolled his ankle with four minutes left and could not finish game.
Hall said Wells sprained his ankle but he did not know the extent of the sprain and plans to let his standout senior “take his time with it.”
The Raiders take a break from league meetings today when they host Lowry (14-2) of the DI-A North at 4 p.m.
It will not be the first meeting between the two teams this season, Reed and Lowry met Dec. 13 in the Rail City Classic. The Buckaroos gave the Raiders a tough time, handing them a 65-46 loss.