Boys basketball: Douglas snaps losing streak
The Douglas boys basketball team ended a six-game losing streak with a 61-59 win over H-Town Christian Academy out of San Diego, Monday afternoon at the National Prep Classic in San Diego.
Douglas had a 35-22 lead with three minutes to go in the third quarter, but H-Town put together an 8-0 run to enter the fourth trailing 35-30.
Douglas then proceeded to hold on throughout the final period, sparked in part by some clutch free-throw shooting from Skylar McNabb, who hit four-of-four from the line.
“We basically made a very easy game very difficult,” Douglas coach Keith Lewis said. “We had a 13-point lead and we really had a shot to put the game away and then the guys just tightened up.”
Douglas’ outside shooting has carried it through the last several games, but the Tigers’ didn’t get a single 3-pointer in the game.
While Mike Gransbery, possibly the Tigers’ top outside shooter, was out for the second game, Lewis credited the 3-pointer drought more to the team getting tentative from the perimeter in the game.
“We turned it over several times late, including three-straight perimeter turnovers, and that hurt us, but they held on and that was good to see,” Lewis said.
Lewis said he thought the Tigers showed marked improvement in the transition game.
“We had a number of good baskets in transition and the guys really did a good job of setting up and getting things done,” Lewis said.
Douglas center Keith Olson scored 28 points and sophomore forward Nate Whalin had 10 points.
“Keith ran the floor very well today and really worked hard to get in position and get those points,” Lewis said. “Nate was aggressive going to the basket and had another great game.”
Douglas played aggressively on the defensive side of the ball and went into the locker room up three. It shouldn’t have been that close, but we didn’t totally fall apart. We let them back into the game, and that’s something we have to take care of.”
Douglas took on Arroyo Valley out of San Bernadino Tuesday afternoon. Arroyo went 11-1 in league and boasts 12 seniors on its roster. One of their guards, Todd Williams, scored 41, 46 and 51 points through a stretch of three games this year.