Boys’ Basketball: Wide-open regional tourney opens Wednesday night
The 4A boys’ basketball season in Northern Nevada has been full of surprises.
Untouted Galena upended early regional favorite Hug (66-62) in the first week of the season. Galena had lost to McQueen in the first game of the season (66-48) and McQueen lost to Hug 92-60, the following week.
McQueen backed that up with a 61-57 shocker at home against Douglas and then fell 65-55 to Reed.
Reed got up big early against Douglas before the Tigers rolled 76-58.
Damonte Ranch opened up the year 12-1 overall and 4-1 in league before falling by 10 to a previously 2-11 Manogue Miner squad. The Mustangs lost six of their final games.
Douglas looked for a time to be the clear-cut favorite before overtime losses to Spanish Springs and Galena vaulted the Hug Hawks full-circle back to the top of the rankings.
Hug, though, fell flat against a Reno squad that trailed 39-7 to Douglas at halftime just two days earlier. Reno then closed out the year winning three consecutive games against teams placed higher in the standings to grab the No. 3 seed in the High Desert League.
Follow all that?
Needless to say, this year’s Northern 4A Regional Championships, which begin Wednesday night at various sites around the region, appear to be wide open.
Hug has the best record of the bunch (20-3) and has averaged an impressive 72.7 points per game.
Douglas comes in with the deepest and most balanced roster, with its top eight players averaging at least three points per game and its five starters averaging at least 7.2 per outing. Hunter Myers (15.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.9 bpg) is the region’s best player and has anchored the Tiger lineup.
Darkhorses include Galena, which enters the tournament 12-15 overall but went 7-1 down the stretch; McQueen, which boasts wins over every playoff team except for Hug and Damonte Ranch; and Reed, which uses its athletic full-court defense to create a lot of points.
McQueen travels to Douglas for the opening round Wednesday night (7 p.m.), Manogue plays at Hug, Reno travels to Galena and Reed will play at Damonte Ranch.
The winners advance to the semifinals Friday night at Spanish Springs and the two regional finalists advance to next week’s state tournament.
The Northern 4A Regional Championship game starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at Spanish Springs.