Basketball: Douglas falls to Manogue |

Basketball: Douglas falls to Manogue

by Joey Crandall

The Douglas boys’ basketball team hit more field goals and more 3-pointers than defending regional champion Manogue Friday night.

Against the sharp-shooting Miners, that’s quite an accomplishment.

But Manogue got to the line early and often, riding a 31-of-40 performance from the charity stripe to a 79-68 Sierra League win in Reno.

“They did a good job of getting to the line,” Douglas coach Corey Thacker said. “You can’t guard them at the free-throw line.”

The 31 made free throws rank second in the NIAA state record book among 4A teams (Douglas is first with 36 against Wooster in 2007).

Manogue’s Ethan Dillard set the state 4A record for free throws made in a game, hitting 19 of his 20 shots while leading the Miners with 26 points.

He also made 13 of 14 free throws in the second quarter. The NIAA does not keep a free throws/quarter record.

“We have to keep from fouling, that was the difference tonight,” Thacker said. “We can’t do that. When they’re in their gym, of course they’re going to knock down their shots. We have to be smart, adjust and play good basketball.

“They got to the line 40 times. That’s huge.”

Douglas went up 7-0 to open the game but Manogue quickly fought back into it with a 5-0 run over the next minute.

The Miners worked out a 15-12 lead heading into the second quarter and stretched it to 18-12 in a 3-pointer from Brennan Hogan, who finished with 20 points, to open the second.

That’s when the fouls set in.

While Manogue went the next 5 and a half minutes without a field goal, Dillard hit six consecutive free throws and Niles Lujan, who also finished with 20 points, hit another pair of free throws to extend the lead to 26-19.

From there, the Miners launched into a 9-0 run that put them up by 14.

Meanwhile, Douglas struggled to get going offensively with its bread-and-butter inside game.

“They were physical inside and we didn’t come back at it,” Thacker said. “That’s what hurt us. We didn’t get established inside until the second half.

“We keep them off the free throw line. We do that, it’s a different story.”

Manogue carried a 40-28 lead into halftime and stretched it out to 44-28 with a 4-0 run to open the third.

Another 8-0 run later in the quarter put them up 52-33.

Douglas forward Theo Denson sparked a comeback though, hitting three of his four 3-pointers during an 18-3 for Douglas that cut the lead to 57-51 early in the fourth quarter.

“Theo did a great job,” Thacker said. They sagged off him a bit. He’s practiced out there. He showed they have to respect him a bit out there.

“He did a very good job stepping up for us.”

Manogue answered with another 4-0 run to stretch the lead out to 10 and Douglas was never able to make it much closer from there.

Denson, Austin Neddenriep and Hunter Myers each had 14 points. Jorey Scott and Chris Downs each had six.

“It’s a league game, we have 16 of them,” Thacker said. “We have to keep looking down the road, seeing the big picture.

“We’ll see how we bounce back, what kind of character we have. We can’t let one loss turn into two.”

Manogue topped Douglas 54-30 in Reno Friday night.

Natalie Freitas led the Tigers with five points and Ebony Cleveland and Amanda Wartgow each had four.