Douglas beats Carson for third place
Playing in a somewhat surreal setting for a Carson-Douglas game, the Tigers boys’ basketball team found the intensity it needed down the stretch Saturday afternoon to pick up a 55-41 win.
The Tigers, playing in the third-place game of the Carson Valley Classic, outscored the Senators 12-6 in the fourth quarter in a game that featured near-empty student sections for both sides and that lacked any of the atmosphere that is normally attached to the rivalry.
But such is what happens when to league foes match up rather unexpectedly so early in the season.
Keith Olson, who finished the game with 15 points for the Tigers, got things started with a lay-up on the opening possession. The Senators answered with four consecutive points, but Jordan Hadlock’s ensuing 3-pointer put the Tigers up for good with a good 80 percent of the game remaining.
Hadlock’s shot sparked a 11-2 run by the Tigers, with Carson’s only basket coming on Jack Jacquet’s tip-in off a missed Zach Weisman lay-up.
Douglas opened the second quarter with successive blocked shots by Jeff Nady and Nate Whalin. Carson retained possession after the blocks, but Hadlock stole the ball and brought it all the way back down court for the lay-up.
The play led to a 6-0 Douglas run that saw Mike Gransbery and Nady each put up a basket. Douglas extended the run to 12-2 and got a big boost of momentum from a devastating block by Olson on Jacquet.
Douglas’ run put the Tigers up 26-13, but a series of turnovers with just two minutes left in the half led to a 9-0 run by the Senators to cut the lead to 26-22.
Carson opened the second half with a basket from Jacquet, but Gransbery answered with a 3-pointer that put the Tigers on a 12-2 run to extend the lead to 38-26.
Carson put together several mini runs through the end of the game, but never got closer than seven points from there on.
Hadlock finished with 12 points and Nady had 10 to for the Tigers. Gransbery scored seven and Nate Whalin had six. David Laird and Kevin Emm each put up two points and Jared Trowbridge hit one free throw to go with some solid play on defense.
Douglas took third in its own tournament and improved to 3-4 on the year with difficult games coming up this week at Galena High School against Modesto Christian and Oakland Tech.
The Tigers dropped a game to defending 3A state champion Faith Lutheran Friday night after defeating Fallon 65-36 to open the tournament Thursday night.
Against Fallon, the Tigers got 15 points out of the 6-foot, 6-inch Nady and 11 points out of Olson.
Laird and Hadlock, both sophomores, scored nine points each andGransbery added seven.
In total, the Tigers had 11 of 13 players put points on the board in the game.
Fallon got seven points out of Marshall Morrison and six points, all in the fourth quarter, from Brian Perkins but were never really able to fall into a rhythm against Douglas’ defense.
In fact, the Greenwave was not able to put together any runs, not scoring any unanswered points until the fourth quarter when the game was already well in hand at 55-24.
The Tigers held Fallon to just 18 points in the first half and four points in the third quarter while capitalizing on its distinct advantage in height.
Billy Sorensen’s 3-pointer midway through the second quarter brought Fallon to within three at 17-14, but that was as close as the Greenwave would get through the remainder of the game.
Douglas proceeded to go on an 11-0 run punctuated by a two-handed slam from Olson.
The Tigers went on another run to close out the half, this time a 9-3 jaunt highlighted by baskets from Trowbridge and Joe Nady.
Donnie Kidd scored a quick basket to open the second half for Fallon, bringing the scored to 37-20, but the Tigers extended a 14-0 through the middle of the quarter that saw Olson score six points and Hadlock score four, including a nice reverse layup to open Douglas’ scoring for the half.
Fallon finally got its offense going in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Tigers 15-12 and enjoying a 7-0 through the opening several minutes.
Wes Smith went a perfect 3-for-3 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter for Fallon.