The Douglas High School boys basketball team faced a twofold problem Tuesday night at Reed.
First, the Tigers were unable to knock down shots — going 17-for-49 from the field (35 percent). Second, Reed’s Jamel Ramos did have a hot hand, especially from beyond the three-point arc, to help put Reed on track to a 60-49 victory against the Tigers in a Northern Division I cross-over contest at Paul Kautz Gymnasium.
Ramos scored a game-high 26 points on a night when Reed shot 49 percent from the floor — 19-for-39 overall and 9-for-19 from beyond the 3-point arc — en route to winning its season opener.
Douglas (2-2 overall, 1-1 league) trailed 14-12 after one quarter, however, the Tigers only managed to put four points in the book over the next eight minutes as Reed increased its lead to 26-16 at halftime. The Raiders extended their advantage to 47-31 at the end of three quarters.
James Herrick, who finished with 24 points (9-for-13 from the field) and 12 rebounds, helped ignite a fourth quarter comeback. The Tigers cut their deficit to single digits, however, they never got any closer than eight points.
Pat Johnson scored 9 points and Austin Evans 6 for Douglas.
The win was significant for a Reed team that only had eight players suited up for the contest. The Raiders were shorthanded since a number of players just ended their football season three days before in the state championship game.
Ramos, a junior guard who played varsity ball as a freshman, shot 5-for-10 on his 3-pointers. Alonzo Vega added 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Raiders.