The Douglas boys basketball team never trailed in a 68-49 win over Manogue Tuesday night in Minden.
It was a stretch late in the first half though, where the Tigers managed to extend a three-point lead to 10 solely on scoring from the bench, that helped provide the necessary spark in the win.
AJ Pfaffenberger hit a 3-pointer with 3:35 remaining in the half, launching an 11-4 run for Douglas that included a pair of baskets from Joe Syammach, a lay-up in transition from Tay Simms and a long field goal just inside the 3-point arc from Sam Broersma.
"It was all defense right there," Douglas coach Corey Thacker said. "We had kids coming off the bench and making good contributions. We got some stops and then some extra looks in transition.
"We showed good focus as a whole team as far as everyone showing up and playing their role."
Manogue added a basket just before halftime to cut the Tiger lead to eight at 36-28. Douglas came roaring out of halftime, though, getting six baskets and five stops to open the third quarter while stretching out a 48-28 lead.
"I thought defensively we were a lot better in the second half," Thacker said. "We only gave up 21 points, which is a goal for us.
"We kept guys in the middle and made some good stops."
The Miners put a stop to the run and kept the Tigers off the scoreboard over a nearly-five-minute stretch to close out the quarter. In the interim, Manogue rolled up an 11-0 run of its own to cut the score to 48-39.
"There were a lot of runs from both teams tonight and they got to us a couple time," Thacker said. "That's something we really have to watch. We can't let four points in a row become a bigger run. We have to come back and stop those. We're still looking for a complete 32 minutes."
The Tigers outscored Manogue 20-10 in the final period to put the game away.
Hunter Myers led all scorers in the game with 20, Joe Syammach added 11 and Austin Evans had 10.
Pat Johnson added seven points, Tay Simms had six, Michael Nolting scored four, Pfaffenberger and Jaden Wass each scored three and James Herrick and Broersma each had two.
After sticking with league-leading Manogue for the first quarter Tuesday night, the Douglas girls basketball team fell victim to some sharp outside shooting from the Miners.
Four of the Miners first five baskets were from behind the arc and Manogue hit nine 3-pointers in the game on its way to a 72-36 win.
"We played the game we wanted to that first quarter and had them within a couple baskets, but we had a lapse in taking care of the ball and they took advantage," Douglas coach Werner Christen said. "Good teams do that.
"We have to move past this one and focus on Carson (Friday night)."
Diana Regalado had 13 points for the Tigers and Desiree Cage added 10. McKenna Kynett and Leonna Mortimer each scored four points, Maddy Lowe and Corryne Millett each had two and Katie McCullough added one.