The Cougars (5-4) grabbed a 12-5 lead after the first period and never trailed in the tournament tilt. Spanish Springs extended its lead to 43-33 after three periods and was never seriously threatened.
"I thought we played great defense for the first three and a half quarters but at the end of the fourth we stopped rotating," Cougars assistant coach John Rogers said. "But other than that late letdown we were cutting off their drives, taking away penetration and contesting shots. The last three games overall our team has really played well on defense."
Rogers is manning the Cougars bench this weekend while Spanish Springs head coach Kyle Penney awaits the birth of his third child.
Brandon DeLong paced the Spanish Springs offense with 14 points, while Kyle Raymond and Thomas Perkins chipped in 13 and 11 toward the winning SSHS cause.
"Offensively, we were moving the ball around and forcing their defense to go side to side," Rogers said. "We were pretty patient and controlled the tempo. We got the guys that were open the opportunities to shoot. We were able to get whatever we wanted.
"I thought we had really good balance. Thomas did good job of trying to distribute the ball to everybody. Kyle had some nice jumpers and made some nice back cuts. But Brandon was a big presence. He probably had four or five possessions in the third and fourth quarters where we got the ball to him, he made move and was able to score. He played well today."
Damonte Ranch 49, Reed 35
A poor offensive effort in a semifinal of the annual Carson tournament cost the Reed Raiders any chance at capturing their second win of the season.
Reed trailed by one, 21-20, at halftime of a low-scoring affair Friday night. However, the offensive well was dry in the third period for Reed. The Raiders managed just three points in the third.
Still, Reed was within striking distance down 30-23 heading into the final quarter. Unfortunately for RHS fans, the defense abandoned their Raiders as well in the final eight minutes. After not giving up more than 12 points in any of the first three quarters, Damonte broke out for 19 in the fourth period to pull away and post the 14-point win.
"We just went cold," Reed boys hoop coach Dustin Hall said. "The entire night, we shot about as poorly as I've seen us shoot it. We had a lot of open looks, a lot of perimeter looks with our good shooters and nothing was going in. Then, that carried over to our inside game. We missed a lot of layups and a lot of five- and six-foot floater. Eventually we started to break down a little bit defensively.
"Defensively, we played pretty great for three quarters. We gave up 30 points after three quarters. We'll take that on any given night and hope we score our average."
Reed plays in the third-place game today at 1:15 p.m.