Douglas High wasn't content with finishing second in the Sierra League. The Douglas Tigers obviously wanted to enter the Northern 4A boys' regional basketball tournament with more than just a home playoff game. They wanted to enter with momentum.
Jeff Nady, Douglas' 6-foot-7 forward, scored a game-high 24 points, including nine in the first quarter, to lead the Tigers to a 70-49 boys' win over South Tahoe on Wednesday night at Douglas High School.
"We ran into a buzz saw tonight and got cut up pretty good," said STHS coach Chris Proctor. "When we played up at our place, we came out with a little more intensity, but we just didn't have it tonight. And against a team like Douglas, you can't do that and expect good things to happen."
The Tigers (19-8 overall, 11-2) jumped out to a 17-4 lead in the first quarter and extended their lead again in the second quarter and went into halftime leading 42-24. Things didn't get much better for the Vikings in the second half as they pulled no closer than 17 points the rest of the way.
David Laird added 12 points for the Tigers, who end the regular season at Reno on Friday night.
Vince Capellino and Chris Klug led the Vikings with 10 points apiece, while Tony Stagnaro and Dion Murphy each added nine. South Tahoe (7-15 overall, 5-8 league) plays North Valleys on Friday night in Reno to help determine the league's fourth and final playoff spot in next week's regional tournament.
Douglas had already clinched second place by virtue of its 59-52 win over Hug on Tuesday.