“Whenever you can get a playoff win, you're happy,” Reno coach Kyle Schellin said. “I told the kids, 'we're just trying to move on to the next game by any way possible. We've got to get to the next game' and we did that.”
Reno led early in the game and was never seriously threatened by the Grizzlies, who managed to keep the game close in the first half but faltered later in the night.
Galena led for a brief moment, 3-2 after a triple by Brooks Kern with 5:12 left in the first quarter. That was the only lead Galena had in the game. Reno soon took over on a layup by Scott Challis about 50 seconds later and the Huskies built that lead up throughout the rest of the game.
“We thought we would try to control the tempo in the beginning of the game and take the opportunity when given,” Galena coach Tom Maurer said. “They (Reno) knocked around some nice shots. I thought we did a good job in certain aspects. Turnovers are our nemesis.”
Reno held Galena to just one basket the rest of the quarter, taking an 11-5 lead into the second quarter.
A triple by Reno's Trevor English put the host Huskies ahead by 11 points, 16-5. Galena wasn't quite ready to give up yet and fought its way back to a five-point deficit, 20-15, capped by a 3-point basket by CJ Marcotte.
Reno led the visitors by seven, 22-15, at the break.
“Galena's a pretty good team and they're well coached,” Schellin said. “They're very disciplined and very patient offensively. So you don't get very many opportunities to score.”
Coming out of halftime, the Huskies broke the game wide open, outscoring Galena 18-6 in the third quarter. After giving up the first basket of the second half to Marcotte in three-point land, Reno scored the next eight points for a 30-18 advantage. The Huskies led by nearly 20 heading into the final period, 40-21.
“We played solid defense and they probably didn't shoot as well as they usually do," Schellin said.
Back-to-back baskets allowed the Grizz to pull within 15, trailing 40-25 with 6:07 left on the clock. Reno, however, was too strong for the fourth-seeded Grizzlies who struggled on offense.
"We have a bunch of kids that are very inexperienced," Maurer said. "I thought they did a great job hustling. I thought they played extremely hard. But Reno is a better team. "
With the double-digit triumph, Reno continues its playoff run, setting up a matchup with McQueen.
For Reno, Challis led in the scoring column with 20 points and English added 15.
Marcotte had a team-high 17 points for the Grizzlies.
McQueen and Reno will play Thursday night at 5 p.m. at Spanish Springs High School.
•McQueen, the HDL's third seed, picked up a 56-45 first-round playoff win at Sierra League runner-up Douglas Tuesday night.
McQueen's Tito Harnack had 14 points. Matt Thomas scored 11 for Douglas.