Reed led 7-3 over the visiting Lancers but gave up three straight baskets, two from beyond the three-point arc, letting McQueen take an 11-7 lead. From there, Reed was never able to overtake McQueen.
A bucket with 1:05 left on the first-quarter clock by Tyler Pine pulled the Raiders to within one basket, 13-11. McQueen’s Joe Saarem converted on a three-point play for a 16-11 MHS lead to close out the quarter.
“Offensively for the game, I thought we executed some stuff but we couldn’t finish,” Reed coach Dustin Hall said. “In the first half, I think we missed seven layups ... We didn’t make plays to win the game.”
The Lancers (12-6, 5-2 High Desert League) had an offensive outburst early in the second, outscoring Reed 11-2 in the first four minutes of the quarter to go on top 27-13.
“Defensively, I think we knocked them off balance a little bit,” McQueen coach John Franklin said.
Reed rallied with three straight buckets to trim the deficit to 27-19. Unfortunately for the Raiders, McQueen was ready for another spree, as it responded with a 7-0 run. Pine got a last second layup, assisted by Taylor Yancey to trail 34-21 heading into the halftime break.
“We missed some layups. And then you mix that with some turnovers and missed jumpers,” Hall said. “Plus, they were shooting the ball well. So basically our defense wasn’t good enough and we dug a pretty big hole for ourselves to try and come back from.”
Reed (2-14, 1-7 HDL) was unable to make up any ground heading into the second half. The squads were even in the third, each scoring 11 points a piece for a 45-32 advantage for the Lancers.
Reed had its best quarter of the night in the fourth, outscoring McQueen 25-22 in the final eight minutes but it was not enough to pull out a victory.
A triple by Mike Powell cut the Raiders deficit to 10, 48-38. McQueen’s Greg Cooper made the first of two free throws and Rollins Stallworth made two after a technical foul was called on the Reed bench, giving the Lancers a 51-38 lead.
Reed’s Irvin Ma hit back-to-back layups for the Raiders to get out of a double-digit gap, trailing 51-42.
In the final few minutes of the game, Reed turned up its defensive effort and went after the first open look the squad could find to try and trim away McQueen’s lead.
“We just wanted to turn the pressure up on defense,” Hall said. “In order for us to have a chance to come back, we had to make some stops. We wanted to attack. At that point we just wanted to take the first open look we could get.”
Aaron Greenblat made two free shots and Yancey nailed a trey to cut the McQueen lead to 54-47 with 2:10 left on the game clock.
“We basically tried to calm everybody down,” Franklin said. “We had to get everybody to settle back down. They made a push. Their record doesn’t reflect it, but this is still a really good basketball team”
Reed turned the ball over on offense on its next possession, allowing McQueen to make a layup. McQueen’s Cooper had an offensive board for a putback and the Lancers added two free throws for a 60-47 edge with 1:15 left.
The Raiders simply ran out of time to make another run, en route to the 67-57 final.
Stallworth had 20 points for the Lancers. Cooper added 13.
Powell led Reed with 17 points and Greenblat chipped in 11.
Reed travels to eastern Nevada for a rematch with Elko Friday night at 7 p.m.