Boys’ Basketball: Douglas grinds out win over Damonte Ranch |

Boys’ Basketball: Douglas grinds out win over Damonte Ranch

by Joey Crandall

It wasn’t the prettiest win, but it was a win on the road and that’s all that matters to Douglas boys’ basketball coach Corey Thacker.

Thacker’s Tigers held off the scrappy Damonte Ranch Mustangs 59-52 in Reno Tuesday night. Douglas grabbed control of the Sierra League title race with the win, which boosted its Sierra League record to 8-2 on the year — two games ahead of second-place Damonte.

Damonte carried a 15-13 lead after one quarter but Douglas took it back in the second and held on from there.

“Down the stretch, we didn’t have the possessions we wanted to get,” Thacker said. “They cut it down to four points, but that’s the closest they got.”

Connor Hughes, who tied with Hunter Myers for the team lead in scoring with 13 points, had a key play down the stretch, driving down the middle of the lane and drawing the foul while making a lay-up over the defender.

“He goes to the rim pretty hard,” Thacker said. “When he does that, he creates opportunities for himself or someone else. He’s done a really good job with things like that this year.”

Thacker was pleased in particular with the looks his guards were able to get while Damonte double- and triple-teamed the post players.

“Our guards just did a great job driving at the rim and getting some good looks,” Thacker said. “That was good to see.”

Just two days removed from badly rolling his ankle against Wooster, Nick Maestretti turned in a gritty performance for the Tigers, scoring nine points.

“He’s just a tough kid and he absolutely had to grind it out for us tonight,” Thacker said.

Jake Tessmann had 11 points for the Tigers, Nate VonAhsen had five including a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer, Trevor Shaffer scored four and James Herrick and Michael Nolting each scored two.