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Boys basketball: Tokay tops Douglas at Shootout

by Joey Crandall

Stocked with a skeleton crew and some tough defense, the Douglas boys basketball team held a lead for a majority of the game Thursday afternoon before Tokay High School, out of Lodi, Calif., used it deep bench to outlast the Tigers 62-54 in the final round of the Wild West Shootout at Reno High School.

Douglas was without forwards Tyson Estes and Mike Gransbery, both out on prearranged family absences, and center Keith Olson, still nursing a sore ankle.

But even without the three key players, Douglas played some inspired basketball, particularly on defense and off the boards, in the loss.

“We just told them heading in to come out and compete,” Douglas coach Keith Lewis said. “They had nothing to lose today. We had a lot of reasons to be down, but these guys really showed their character in playing as hard as they did.”

Douglas led throughout the game up until about midway through the third quarter when Tokay converted on a pair of free throws to take a 25-24 lead.

The teams battled back and forth through the rest of the quarter before knotting the game up at 35 heading into the fourth. Tokay went on a 10-0 run in the fourth to distance themselves from the Tigers and held off some late Douglas rallies for the win.

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Both teams played some excellent basketball on defense, Douglas getting gritty efforts from Collin Kamholz and Sam Sourikoff who each gave the Tokay offense headaches throughout.

“A lot of guys went out and played very hard for us,” Lewis said. “It took a total team effort to keep us in the game, and we got that.”

Tokay hit 14 fourth-quarter free throws to put the game away.

We have to work on fourth quarters obviously, but Tokay is a good team,” Lewis said.

Douglas had a hard time getting points inside the paint, but hit eight of its 17 field goals from behind the 3-point line, without one of its top outside threats in Gransbery.

Ramsey Horse came off the bench and scored 14 points to lead the team. He hit two 3-pointers and made some key rebounds to keep the Tigers in the game.

Nate Whalin also hit two 3-pointers and score 11 points while Reese Kizer and Skylar McNabb each scored nine for Douglas.

Eric Emm scored five, Bryan Brady had three, Sourikoff had two and Joe Nady had one to round out Douglas’ scoring.

Tokay had four players score in double figures, getting 20 of its points at the free throw line.

Douglas went 0-4 on the week, losing to some extremely talented teams from around the country.

“It’s real tough to go through a week 0-4, but we need to keep in perspective that these were some very good teams,” Lewis said. “You watch as this season goes on and they will all be in the mix in their sectional playoffs.

Lewis stressed the importance of keeping the overall record in perspective heading into the last couple weeks of non-league play.

“We’re 3-8 right now, and that can look bad, but come January we’re 0-0 and that’s when the games start counting. We could go to tournaments where we blow by everyone, but you don’t get any better from that.”

Douglas next heads to the National Prep Classic at San Diego, Calif., where it will face another slate of talented and tough competition.

“We’re just hoping to get everyone back on the court next week,” Lewis said. “We want to get everyone more familiar with each other and forming a cohesive unit.”

TOKAY, CALIF. 62, DOUGLAS 54

Tokay 11 10 14 27 — 62

Douglas 12 12 11 19 — 54

TOKAY

Caffese 4 3-4 11, Kelly 0 2-2 2, Lawley 4 3-7 11, Price 2 1-3 5, Seely 4 5-7 14, No. 4 1 0-0 2, Sanchez 4 5-8 13, No. 22 2 1-2 5. Totals – 21 20-34 63. 3-pointers – Seely 1. Total fouls – 21. Fouled out – None. Technicals – None.

DOUGLAS (3-8)

Kizer 2 4-6 9, Sourikoff 1 0-0 2, Brady 1 0-0 3, Nady 0 1-2 1, Whalin 4 1-3 11, McNabb 4 0-1 9, Emm 1 2-5 5, Horse 4 4-6 14. Totals – 17 12-23 54. 3-pointers — Kizer 1, Brady 1, Whalin 2, McNabb 1, Emm 1, Horse 2. Total fouls – 25. Fouled out – McNabb. Technicals – None.

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