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Cougars down Raiders, nab first HDL win
by Dan Eckles
Jan 12, 2010 | 978 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed senior Mike Powell (above in white) works his way through traffic during his team’s loss to Spanish Springs.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed senior Mike Powell (above in white) works his way through traffic during his team’s loss to Spanish Springs.
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Scoring struggles continued for the Reed boys basketball team in its Rail City rivalry tilt against Spanish Springs. For the second straight outing, Reed was held below the 40-point threshold. The result Tuesday was a 45-36 loss to Spanish Springs in the High Desert League affair of local schools.

Four days after managing just 38 points in a one-point home loss to Elko, Reed failed to even match that mark and fell to 1-12 overall and 0-4 in conference clashes.

“It’s obvious that offensively, we’re just not clicking right now,” second-year Reed coach Dustin Hall said. “We are too reliant offensively on jump shots and when those don’t go down, we don’t have a back-up plan. We’ve got to get to the rim more and be more selective on the perimeter.”

Reed took a 24-19 lead when Taylor Yancey got a runner to fall with 3:26 to go in the third period. Unfortunately for the Raiders, that’s as good as it got.

Spanish Springs (7-10, 1-3 HDL) proceeded to post 11 unanswered points over a five-minute span that bridged the third and fourth quarters. Ryan Romine finger-rolled a layup on a drive through the lane to cap the outburst that saw the visiting Cougars forge ahead 30-24 with just under six minutes remaining in the contest.

Spanish Springs did not relinquish the lead through the remainder of the league affair.

“It absolutely feels great,” Spanish Springs coach Kyle Penney said, after watching his team pick up its first league win. “Finally, we got the monkey off our back. I told the kids at halftime, ‘man we we’re pushing a big snowball uphill. We have to start riding that sucker downhill now.’ And then in the second half, we started doing more good things. Winning cures a lot of things so hopefully we come to practice tomorrow ready to work.”

Reed did get a 3-pointer from Tyler Pine in the corner to trim the lead in half, 30-27, but Spanish Springs answered with consecutive pull-up jumpers in the paint from Thomas Perkins to keep the momentum.

The Raiders didn’t let up quite yet. They got a layup from Mike Powell and two Powell free throws, leaving them, down 34-31. Still, the Reed-five could not throw a further scare into their cross-town foes.

Spanish Springs scored the next nine points, a spurt that was concluded by two Perkins free throws with 42.5 seconds showing on the game clock. The Cougars led 43-31 following the string of points, their largest lead of the night.

Reed did not get closer than eight points in the final 40 seconds.

“The free throws were a big key to closing it out,” Penney said. “We got to the line when they had to foul. I was pleased with our execution down the stretch. We got some ball reversals, and for the most part, we got some stops and rebounds. We were able to put them in a tough situation and then we made our foul shots.”

Perkins finished with 17 points to lead all scorers. He hit all eight of his foul shots in the final period to help hold Reed at bay. Romine chipped in 10 points to help the Cougars’ winning cause.

Reed did not have a single player hit for double digits in the scoring column. Powell’s eight led the RHS club.

The first half was a low-scoring, back-and-forth affair. Spanish Springs got out to a 9-3 edge only to watch Reed deadlock the score at 10-10 at the first period’s completion.

Neither team led by more than three points in the second quarter and Spanish Springs wound up taking a 17-16 lead into the locker room at the intermission.

“Defensively, this team all season has played for 32 minutes,” Hall said. “Defensively, I think we’re a good team, not a great team. But, if you told me we’d hold them to 45, I’d take that everyday.”

Reed hosts Hug Friday night at 7 p.m., while Spanish Springs goes to Elko for a 7 p.m. game
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