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Boys basketball: Douglas drops two at Wild West Shootout

by Joey Crandall

Just when the Douglas boys’ basketball team solves one issue, another seems to pop up.

While the Tigers started working a respectable advantage on the boards, their defense fell apart in a 59-39 loss to a bigger, faster Foothill, Calif., team Wednesday morning at the Wild West Shootout at Reno High School.

“It’s like everytime we get one hole plugged, we spring a leak somewhere else,” Douglas coach Keith Lewis said after the game. “I just felt like we were not playing hard enough today. There were three or four loose balls early on that Foothill got to and scored on.

“Things like that can change an entire game. You let people do that to you and it kills you. I was hoping to see more of our guys going to the floor for those types of plays. I wanted to see a little more sacrifice on their part.”

Douglas was without 6-10 sophomore center Keith Olson, who has been nursing an injured ankle since Dec. 17, but forwards Nate Whalin and Colin Kamholz each had solid games with some scrappy play off the boards for the Tigers.

“I felt we had a built-in excuse heading into this game, and as a team I thought we played to that rather than going out and playing as hard as we could,” Lewis said. “This was an opportunity for some kids to really step up and show us that they should be playing more, but I just didn’t see much fire out there.”

The good news would be that there are only so many holes that can open up for the Tigers before everything has been addressed. Douglas has shown the distinct ability to identify a problem after one game and fix it in the next.

The team has had some issues at the free throw line through its previous nine games but shot a superlative 14-for-14 from the stripe, accounting for more than a third of its points, Wednesday morning.

Additionally, Douglas has looked much-improved on offense through its last three games in terms of being able to move the ball around the perimeter and penetrate inside with slashing forwards Whalin and Mike Gransbery.

Gransbery hit two 3-pointers and scored 10 points to lead the Tigers and Eric Emm was 6-for-6 at the line on his way to an eight-point game.

Douglas is also putting a lot of bench minutes in the bank, as every active player on the Tigers’ roster saw the floor Wednesday morning.

Douglas’ depth at every position and the quality minutes that its reserve players are getting in the non-league schedule could prove to be a massive strength once the Sierra League slate opens in January.

The Tigers fell victim to some cold shooting Wednesady and paid for it in transition, getting beat by the Mustangs’ speedy guards Cameron Morris and Marcel Smith, who scored 15 and 10 points respectively.

It was the first time in 10 games this year that Douglas has been held below 53 points.

Douglas played a fairly clean game, getting called for only six fouls heading into the fourth quarter. However, the Tigers were called for seven fouls in the fourth quarter.

“I don’t know if they were getting fatigued or what, but they starting slapping around at the ball and giving up some cheap fouls,” Lewis said.

The Tigers trailed by only seven at halftime, but an 8-0 run in the third and 10-0 run late in the fourth, coupled with only one fourth-quarter field goal from the Tigers, distanced the Mustangs.

“They basically conceded the game in the fourth,” Lewis said. “We’ve seen improvement in a lot of areas, but a lot of new ones are popping up. We really need to solve these issues.”

Skylar McNabb scored six points despite being hobbled by a leg injury early on in the game and Tyson Estes scored five points and hit his first 3-pointer of the year. Whalin and Sam Sourikoff each scored four points, and Joe Nady had two to round out the scoring for Douglas.

On Tuesday, McNabb hit three 3-pointers to lead Douglas with 17 points in a 62-54 loss to St. Joseph, out of Alameda, Calif. Reese Kizer and Olson each scored 10 points and Gransbery added six on two 3-pointers.

FOOTHILL, CALIF., 59, DOUGLAS 39

Douglas 6 14 11 8 — 39

Foothill 12 15 16 16 — 59

DOUGLAS (3-7)

Sourikoff 0 4-4 4, Gransbery 4 0-0 10, Nady 1 0-0 2, Whalin 1 2-2 4, Mcnabb 2 2-2 6, Emm 1 6-6 8, Estes 2 0-0 5. Totals — 11 14-14 39. 3-pointers — Gransbery 2, Estes 1. Total fouls — 13. Fouled out — None. Technicals — None.

FOOTHILL

Morris 7 0-1 15, Smith 4 1-2 10, Miller 2 1-2 6, Eves 4 0-0 8, Sims 1 1-4 3, Brooks 2 0-0 5, Filkins 3 0-0 6, Cobb 2 0-0 4. Totals — 26 3-9 59. 3-pointers — Morris 1, Smith 1, Miller 1, Brooks 1. Total fouls — 15. Fouled out — None. Technicals — None.

ST. JOSEPH 62, DOUGLAS 54

St. Joe 18 16 11 17 — 62

Douglas 17 8 13 16 — 54

ST. JOSEPH

Wilks 1 1-3 1, Rhodes 3 0-0 7, Nevev 1 0-0 2, Holmes 1 0-0 2, Rockwell 0 2-2 2, Hester 4 4-4 12, Thomas 1 0-0 2, Bailey 3 0-0 6, Malloy 2 2-2 7, Mitchell 8 5-8 21. Totals — 23 14-19 62. 3-pointers — Rhodes, Mitchell 1. Total fouls — 14. Fouled out — None. Technicals — None.

DOUGLAS

Kizer 4 2-5 10, Gransbery 2 0-0 6, Nady 2 0-0 4, Whalin 2 0-1 4, McNabb 6 2-3 17, Emm 1 0-0 3, Olson 5 0-0 10. Totals — 22 4-9 54. 3-pointers — Gransbery 2, McNabb 3, Emm 1. Total fouls — 14. Fouled out — Olson. Technicals — None.

— Joey Crandall can be reached at jcrandall@recordcourier.com or at (775) 782-5121, ext. 212.