tournament to snap their early-season woes.
Reed (1-7) led 44-43 less than a minute into the fourth quarter but blew the game open with a tell-tale run. The Raiders scored nine straight points to take control of the game and kick start a 13-2 outburst. Mike Powell hit a trey and knocked down two free throws to key the first nine points of the spurt. After two Fallon free throws, Aaron Greenblat had two buckets to cap the spurt and propel the RHS cagers into a 53-44 advantage.
“That’s pretty much what this team needed, a win, no matter how we got it,” Reed coach Dustin Hall said. “The kids finally understood we had to pick our pressure up defensively. We had been letting Fallon execute and run whatever it wanted. We stepped it up, got some good traps and were able to get it going.”
Fallon led by one at halftime and scored the first basket of the third period to grab a 30-27 lead. That’s as good as it got for the Churchill County school. Reed’s Taylor Yancey scored the game’s next seven points and the Raiders had a 34-30 lead. The Raiders never trailed again.
Powell poured in 22 points to lead Reed while Greenblat and Yancey chipped in 16 and 11 respectively for the east Sparks school.
Reed moves into the winners’ bracket for a 6 p.m. semifinal game tonight.
The Spanish Springs Cougars dropped to 4-4 Thursday, falling to Granite Bay, 56-54, in a first-round game at the Mesa Verde tournament in east suburban Sacramento.
The Cougars had Granite Bay on its heels for most of the game, SSHS assistant coach John Rogers said but lost out in the final 30 seconds of play.
“We led pretty much the entire game except for a couple instances where it kind of went back and forth,” Rogers said.
The Grizzlies had possession with 29 seconds left and ran the California shot clock down before making a layup with four seconds left on the clock.
“I thought we played very well on defense,” Rogers said. “I thought we executed and helped each other quite a bit. They did a lot of penetrate-and-kick. They had a really nice post player. We did a really good job holding them to 56 points.”
While pleased with the defensive effort, Rogers said the Cougars did not shoot well or handle the ball well down the stretch.
“Offensively we just didn’t hit the shots at the end, a couple, too many turnovers,” he said. “We did a good job of not turning the ball over until the fourth quarter. It wasn’t anything special the defense was doing. We just got in a hurry and started forcing things.”
Thomas Perkins led Spanish Springs with 15 points and Ryan Romine had 11 for the Cougars.
Spanish Springs will play again today at 3:30 p.m.