Those four words were heard early, and they were heard often at Hug Tuesday night as Reed’s senior scored a game-high 34 points and carried his team to a 69-56 win over the Hawks.
“He (Wells) was getting whatever shot he wanted,” Reed coach Dustin Hall said. “He is so strong with the ball and he did a good job of finding his teammates too. I thought Trae played exceptional tonight.”
In the first quarter alone, Wells outscored the Hawks 11-8 as the Raiders took a 13-8 advantage into the second period. Jack Kuchler provided Reed’s only non-Wells basket in the first quarter on a putback with 2:02 remaining.
“Yeah (it was a slow start). I don’t know why. I think both groups lacked a little bit of energy. I don’t know if we were feeling each other out but the game did start out a little slow,” Hall said. “And then it got a good rhythm for us there in the second quarter.”
Leading 16-11 early in the second quarter, Hall called for a full-court press and his long athletic group scored nine points on turnovers and closed the half on an 18-5 run to take a 34-16 lead into the locker room.
“We wanted to open the game up a little bit and get our guys out in transition and just pick the pace up a little bit,” Hall said of his reasoning for applying the press.
Hug cut the margin to 11, 38-27, early in the third quarter following Sir Fredrick Tatum’s back-to-back 3s, one of which he added a free throw, and Masaki Nakayama’s triple, but Reed responded with a 14-1 run to stop the bleeding. The Raiders’ 52-28 lead matched its largest of the game.
Tatum finished with 10 points for the Hawks.
Hug finished the game on a 12-5 run, including a gym-shaking dunk by Jeremiah Williams, to account for the final 13-point difference
Williams finished with a team-high 15 points.
Jamel Ramos and Alonzo Vega both scored nine points in the win that improved Reed to 17-6 overall and 10-2 in league meetings. Hug fell to 5-15, 1-10 in league games.
“I thought there were a lot of positives,” Hall said. ‘It was a good group effort tonight. We had some guys come off the bench and make plays, got some tips, got some rebounds. So it was a good one for us.”
RHS big man Cody DeHaan started for just the second time this season -- he also started in win Tuesday at Carson -- and scored five points.
The Raiders now own a two-game lead over Spanish Springs and Reno in the High Desert League, following the Huskies' 72-64 home win over the Cougars Friday night.
Reed hosts Spanish Springs in both team’s regular-season final on Feb. 14 but its next game, is Tuesday night at home against Sierra League contender Damonte Ranch.