Boys’ Basketball: Spanish Springs upends Douglas |

Boys’ Basketball: Spanish Springs upends Douglas

by Joey Crandall

Spanish Springs’ Brandon DeLong exploded for a career night Tuesday night, scoring 41 points and sinking a state 4A record 24-of-24 free throws to lead the Cougars to a 64-46 upset blasting of the Douglas boys’ basketball team in Spanish Springs.

“He’s a great player and he had a great night,” Douglas coach Corey Thacker said of DeLong. “It wasn’t just one player guarding him, it’s a team defense thing. We didn’t step up as a team against him and he took advantage.”

DeLong’s unbelievable night was just one of many statistical anomalies that worked in Spanish Springs’ favor and against Douglas.

For starters, the Tigers suffered their worst shooting night of the season, scoring a season-low in points and making only 12 of 46 field goal attempts (4 of 24 in the second half).

“They did a great job with the zone defense they ran against us and they did a good job of understanding what we do,” Thacker said. “You have to give credit to them, they executed everything they wanted to do tonight and we didn’t make our shots. Simple as that.”

Douglas also had issues taking care of the ball and sent Spanish Springs to the free throw line 36 times in the game.

While Douglas held the Cougars to just three field goals in the second half, including none in the fourth quarter, the Cougars went 19-of-26 from the free throw line in the final period alone.

Similarly, after DeLong torched the Tigers for 27 first-half points, including three 3-pointers, Douglas held him without a field goal in the second half. Still, he drained 14-of-14 free throws in the second half and 12-of-12 in the fourth quarter.

Douglas led for only one minute early on before the Cougars scrapped together an 8-7 lead with 1:59 left in the first quarter. From there, they stretched out a 16-0 run over the next four minutes and Douglas never got much closer.

“We’ve been in a lull,” Thacker said. “We had a tough game with Damonte Ranch, we played very poorly at Wooster on Saturday and this was some carry-over from that.

“Hopefully the kids wake up and get things going. We just have to re-focus and get back to what we do.”

Hunter Myers led the Tigers with 15 points while Matt Thomas added eight. Connor Hughes had five and Austin Neddenriep and Theo Denson each had four.

Douglas dropped to 9-2 in Sierra League play with the loss and will host Carson Friday at 7:30 p.m.