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Basketball: Tigers cruise early, pull away late vs. Huskies

by Joey Crandall

The Douglas boys’ basketball team has been looking to break its habit of starting games poorly this season.

The Tigers took a large stride forward Tuesday night by racing out to a commanding 39-7 halftime lead against the Reno Huskies.

By the end of the night, though, Douglas coach Corey Thacker was still preaching the need to see commitment for a full 32 minutes.

Reno rallied with a 31-14 third quarter, including a 16-0 run over the final two minutes, to make things interesting before the Tigers pulled away late for a 76-55 win in Minden.

The win moved Douglas magic number to clinch its first league title in 14 years to just two.

“We got the start down tonight, but we’re still looking for four solid quarters,” Thacker said. “The order was just different tonight. We got casual and went into coast mode and Reno didn’t give up.”

Still, there wasn’t much to pick at over the first two quarters as Douglas strung together runs of 12-0, 10-0 and 11-0, the final one coming with the Tigers’ No. 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 players off the bench to cap the best opening half of the season.

Douglas allowed just a pair of field goals in the first quarter and a 3-pointer in the second defensively. Ten of 13 players on the Tiger roster had put points on the board in the first half and Reno’s leading scorer, David Abittan had been held to just two points.

Hunter Myers led the third quarter off with a 3-pointer to stretch the lead to 35 points, bringing the Tigers to within five points of enacting the running clock via the 40-point mercy rule.

Reno, though, put together a quick 5-0 run, cutting the score to 42-12.

The Tigers came back with a 7-4 stretch ending at the three-minute mark of the third quarter. The teams exchanged points evenly over the next two trips down the floor, working the score to 53-20.

The Huskies launched forth on a 16-0 run over the final two minutes of the quarter, though, cutting the score to 53-38.

Myers scored the first four points of the fourth quarter, stretching the Douglas lead back out to 57-38.

He finished with a team-leading 18 points with University of Nevada coach David Carter in attendance.

The scrappy Huskies fought back, though, outscoring Douglas 12-7 over the next two minutes to draw within 12 at 64-52.

Myers gave the Tigers momentum back for good, though, with a putback at the 2:40 mark. The basket launched the Tigers on a 12-1 run to open up a 76-53 lead before Reno scored the game’s final basket with six seconds left.

Senior Jake Tessmann scored 17 points, Nick Maestretti had seven, Connor Hughes, Michael Nolting and Austin Evans each scored six, Trevor Shaffer, Matt Wylie and James Herrick each scored four and Steven Werth and Joe Syammach each scored two in the win.

Reno’s Abittan finished with a game-high 19 points.

Reno opened up a 17-4 first-quarter lead and never looked back, taking a 72-39 win over Douglas Tuesday night in Minden.

Desiree Cage led the Lady Tigers with 13 points, Ebony Cleveland had six, Corryne Millett and Amanda Wartgow each added five, Diana Regalado and Taylor McKinnon each had four and Tia Lyons and Cora Moody each scored two in the loss.