What failed the Douglas boys basketball team over the final two minutes of regulation against Reed was the very thing that ended up sealing a 75-67 win for the Tigers in double overtime Saturday afternoon in Minden.
It came down to free throw shooting.
After battling back and forth through the majority of four quarters, Douglas appeared to take control for good after building a six-point lead over Reed with 56.5 seconds left.
The Raiders, though, refused to go away and capitalized on a 2-for-7 performance at the free throw line by the Tigers down the stretch (1-for-5 over the final 30 seconds) to send the game into overtime tied at 59.
Reed hit a pair of free throws, nailed a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left and then benefitted from a goaltending call on their final shot with 1.9 seconds left to tie things up.
The two teams each hit a single 3-pointer to account for all of the scoring in the first overtime. Reed's Trae Wells, who finished with a game-high 25 points, had a potential game-winning lay-up rim out at the buzzer.
In the second overtime, Douglas started the scoring with a 3-pointer from Pat Johnson (who also opened the scoring in the first overtime with a 3-pointer) and went on to sink nine consecutive free throws to put away the win.
Johnson led the Tigers with 15 points in the win. Hunter Myers had Douglas' only other field goal of the two overtimes and finished with 14 points. Austin Evans came up with 13 points, Joe Syammach had 10 and Michael Nolting had eight points.
Neither team ever provided much distance from the other during the game. Reed opened up an initial 10-4 lead after hitting two 3-pointers over the first four minutes. Douglas rallied right back, though, using a 10-2 run to go ahead 14-12 with 1:32 remaining in the first quarter. The Raiders put up a pair of baskets at the end of the quarter to take a 16-14 lead.
Douglas clamped down defensively in the second quarter, allowing just one field goal through the first seven minutes while going up 25-20. Reed got a basket in the final minute, though, to cut the deficit to three.
A 5-0 run to open the third quarter put the Raiders up 27-25, but the teams traded the lead four times over the next three minutes of play.
With Reed up 32-30, Douglas grabbed control of the momentum when Myers slammed home a two-handed dunk and, following a Raider turnover, dished the ball outside to Evans, who drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner.
Reed's Devin Gray came right back with a 3-pointer, though, to keep Douglas from running away with things. From there, neither team was able to build a lead of more than four until the final minute.
Douglas improved to 4-1 in Northern 4A action in its first home game in a full month. The Tigers travel to Damonte Ranch Tuesday night and host Hug on Friday.