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Basketball: Tigers claim first win at Manogue, Lady Tigers fall

by Joey Crandall

The gymnasium at Bishop Manogue High School in Reno has been somewhat like kryptonite for the Douglas boys’ basketball program in recent years.

The Tigers have only played the Miners there three times since the South Reno campus opened in 2004, but each time, Manogue has handed Douglas dizzying defeats.

That changed Friday night.

Douglas, which hadn’t allowed less than 79 points to the Miners in the three prior meetings, rode the strength of its full-court pressure defense to a 55-38 win over Manogue on Friday.

The game moved the Tigers to within one win of clinching its first league or division title since 1996-97 and first-ever Sierra League title (the High Desert and Sierra Leagues were established in 2000).

“Our defensive pressure made a big difference in the game,” Thacker said. “Our guards took advantage, did a really good job. We got a lot of points off of fastbreak layups and that was big.”

Manogue came out filling the paint with a zone defense, but point guard Connor Hughes hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first three minutes to help soften it up.

From there, the Tigers got transition layups from Jake Tessmann and Nick Maestretti before Hunter Myers hit another pair of 3-pointers to give Douglas an 18-9 lead near the end of the first quarter.

The Miners put together a 7-0 run to cut the score to 18-16 with 7:12 remaining in the game, but they would get no closer.

Nate VonAhsen and Maestretti each had baskets and Maestretti nailed a pair of free throws to stretch the lead back out to 24-16 with 4:20 remaining in the half and the Tigers didn’t look back.

Leading 42-32 heading into the fourth quarter, Douglas gave up three quick points as Manogue closed the gap to 42-35.

Hughes, though, hit what would prove to be the proverbial dagger shot – a 3-pointer – with 5:58 left in the game to set it back at 45-35.

Neither team scored another field goal until the waning seconds, but Douglas hit eight of its next 10 free throws and closed the game out on a 10-3 run.

Manogue hit only the second field goal of the fourth quarter for either team with 22 seconds remaining when DK White made a layup, but by then the outcome was well in hand for Douglas.

“We kind of got stagnant there in the fourth quarter,” Thacker said. “We weren’t moving with a purpose, but we also didn’t want to stop the clock.

“That’s something where we’re up 10, we have to make sure we execute. We want to preserve the lead and control the ball. They picked up their defense too, and that contributed.”

Manogue limited Myers to 10 points and just two in the second half, but couldn’t find an answer for the rest of the Tigers’ roster. Maestretti led the team with 13, Hughes had 12 and VonAhsen finished with 11, giving Douglas four players in double-figures scoring for the first time this season.

Manogue got 13 points from White and 10 from Bryce Hallam.

Douglas takes on second-place Galena Tuesday in Minden at 7:30 p.m. A win would seal up the league title, but the Tigers can also claim it outright with a win against Damonte Ranch at home on Friday.

GIRLS

Douglas came out strong against the league-leading Manogue Miners Friday night in Reno, building a 9-5 lead through the first quarter, but the Miners came back strong to claim a 70-36 win in the game.

Diana Regalado led the Tigers with 11 points, Cora Moody added six and Ebony Cleveland, Tia Lyons and Erika Munoz each had four in the loss.