While the Douglas boys' basketball team was busy breezing past the North Valleys Panthers Tuesday night, the Spanish Springs Cougars were in the process of giving the Tigers a gift.
Douglas had little trouble with North Valleys, leading 12-2 after two minutes, 25-9 after six and 45-26 at halftime. They held the Panthers to just 17 second half points and claimed a 72-43 road win.
Meanwhile, Spanish Springs shocked Galena 59-53, moving Douglas into sole possession of first place in the Sierra League heading into Friday night's showdown with the Grizzlies (7 p.m. tipoff in Minden). Galena is the lone team to beat Douglas in league play this season.
Douglas continued to flex its defensive muscle Tuesday night, holding a team to less than 50 for the fourth consecutive game. It was also Douglas' eighth-consecutive win.
The Tigers were able to build the bulk of their lead by getting transition baskets off stops provided by its strong pressure defense.
Austin Evans led the Tigers with 14 points, Hunter Myers scored 13,
Douglas fell 48-43 at North Valleys Tuesday night.
The Panthers built a 27-14 lead on the Tigers through the first half and later extended it to 31-17 before the Tigers were able to claw back into it.
"We just got out-coached and out-played tonight," Douglas coach Werner Christen said. "We said before the game we have to keep them from getting second shots, from staying in the game early and letting them out-tough us. All of those things happened.
"It's a tough one to lose. When we got down big like that, it was just a long climb back."
Diana Regalado led the Tigers with 18 points, Corryne Millett had six and Ericka Munoz scored four.