Very little has separated the Douglas and Carson high school boys basketball teams this season.
Just consider the first meeting between these two rivals on Jan. 21 in Carson that was decided at the final buzzer in overtime on Alan Cohen’s tip-in that lifted the Senators to a heart-stopping 54-52 victory.
And now, Carson (9-6) holds a one-game edge over Douglas in the race for third-place in the Sierra League standings as the rivals prepare to meet tonight in the regular season finale. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tipoff at Randy Green Court.
Douglas (12-10 overall, 8-7 league) dropped out of a third-place tie Tuesday with a 58-47 loss at Damonte Ranch. With a win tonight, the Tigers would move back into third-place with Carson and set the stage for a tie-breaker formula. Since the Tigers and Senators will have split the regular season series, the second step in the NIAA universal tie-breaker criteria — a formula in which each team is awarded points for each league opponent they beat (cross-over games included).
Even that process could be decided by a single point. Maybe less than that, since point totals for wins in cross-over games count one-half of those over league opponents, according to Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) Assistant Director Jay Beesemeyer.
Douglas fell short on Tuesday after Damonte Ranch (16-8, 10-5) staged a third quarter comeback to win. The Tigers led 10-5 after one quarter and 27-23 at halftime.
Austin Evans scored 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, to lead the Tigers offensively. James Herrick had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds to go with 5 blocked shots. A.J. Pfaffenberger also scored 7 points and Alex Tessmann 6.
First round boys games in the region tournament will be played on Wednesday at the sites of the higher seeds. Reed has already clinched first-place in the High Desert League, while Spanish Springs holds a one-game lead over Reno for second-place coming into tonight.
Note: Douglas Athletic Director Jeff Evans advises fans to show up early tonight to avoid the possibility of being turned away at the door should the gym fill to capacity.