The Douglas boys basketball team ran into an upstart Elko squad Saturday night at the Red Lion Games in Elko and came away on the short end of a 65-56 contest.
The Indians grabbed their second win over a Northern Division I squad in three nights after beating Spanish Springs on Thursday. It was Douglas' first loss of the young season as the Tigers dropped to 3-1 overall.
"They do a good job and we were playing at their place which it's just a very unique environment," said Thacker, who played for Elko in his high school days. "The tradition there and just the atmosphere is pretty awesome.
"It was a good place to play in terms of getting our kids some experience in a playoff type of atmosphere. You have to compliment what Elko did, but we didn't help ourselves out either. We had some turnovers that shouldn't have been there and didn't have great decision making. Our lack of experience showed, but that is what the preseason is for.
"I don't care if we go 0-14 or 14-0 in the preseason, if we don't learn from any of it, either way, we are not going to do well in the regular season," Thacker said. "Obviously, you'd like to win, but it's all about getting ready for that league push at this point. The more experience we get, the better. This was a case of getting experience playing tired, and playing on the road. It's all good, as long as we learn from it."
Douglas' Hunter Myers led the Tigers for the third consecutive game, scoring 17 points. Austin Evans scored 15 points and had a pair of 3-pointers, James Herrick had seven and Pat Johnson added six.
AJ Pfaffenberger scored four points, Jaden Wass had three and Michael Nolting and Sam Broersma each had two.
Douglas launches directly into its toughest week of the first month as it travels to league rival Galena High School on Tuesday and then faces Mountain View, Arizona and nationally-ranked Bishop Gorman at the Wild West Shootout at Manogue next week.
"We have to pick up and move on to next week," Thacker said. "It won't let up and tonight was a good taste of the type of atmosphere you see at Galena. The biggest thing is just learning from the loss, and the win yesterday (over West, Utah)."