Reed fell to 1-9 overall after Saturday's loss in the third-place game of the Carson Tournament.
"I'm disappointed, obviously to lose," Reed coach Dustin Hall said. "The effort again from the kids was there. But right now, offensively, our execution is not where it needs to be. Our timing and chemistry are off. Defensively, we're doing some good things. We're just struggling to get the ball in the hoop right now."
Reed led 39-38 with 5:46 to go in the game, but went scoreless on three straight possessions down the floor while Carson dropped a pair of three-point bombs to take the lead. Still, the Raiders hung tough. Mike Powell buried a trey for Reed to deadlock the score at 42-42 with 4:02 left.
That was the last time the game was tied. Powell, who finished with a game-high 16 points and was named to the all-tournament team, drained another 3-pointer with just over two minutes to go that got the Raiders within two, 47-45.
Reed had a last chance to tie when Taylor Yancey got off a jumper with 40 seconds left, but it rimmed out and Carson pulled down the rebound. The Senators called a timeout and Reed was forced to play the foul-and-pray game through the rest of the final minute.
It didn't work. Carson made 3 of 4 free throws down the stretch and Reed did not score again to account for the final score.
In addition to Powell's 16 points, Yancey added 15 for Reed. Carson did not have a player reach double figures in scoring. The Raiders limited Brian Barnes, Carson 's leading scorer to seven points. He posted 17 in Carson's win at Reed two weeks ago.
"We have a couple guys who can make plays and have been," Hall said. "Where we're getting hurt is a lack of practice time. We've played 10 games in the last 18 days. We've had just five practices in the last three weeks. Our timing and execution is not there. We're turning the ball over a lot in our half-court offense and giving up a lot of possessions and a lot of chances to score."
Reed will get some practice time over the next two weeks. The Raiders don't play again until Jan. 5, when they get into the High Desert League play, hosting Reno at 7 p.m.
Pioneer 65, Spanish Springs 48
Not much went right for the Spanish Springs boys Saturday. The Cougars fell behind 12-4 after the first period and watched Pioneer of Woodland, Calif. pull away from there.
Spanish Springs stared at a 29-13 deficit at halftime and after three periods the local school trailed 53-21.
"We didn't play well from the start," Spanish Springs assistant coach John Rogers said. "We stopped playing defense. Today we didn't play any defense. Pioneer was long and athletic and we didn't get it done.
Both teams' reserves got the bulk of the playing time in the final quarter. That results in Spanish Springs outscoring Woodland 27-12 in the final eight minutes to make the scoreboard look more competitive than the game was.
"The highlight I guess was the fourth quarter," Rogers said. "Our subs came in and pressure them, got lots of steals. It was evident our reserves were better than theirs, but that was the most excitement we had."
Thomas Perkins scored 10 points to lead the Cougars, who lost in the consolation final of the Mesa Verde tournament in east suburban Sacramento.