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Douglas boys drop two basketball games

by Chuck Smock, Staff writer

Inconsistency was the biggest enemy for the Douglas boys this week in their first two basketball games of the season.

The Tigers turned in a solid defensive effort for the first three quarters, but struggled on the offensive end of the floor in a 56-48 season-opening loss at Galena on Tuesday.

In the first round of the Viking Rotary Classic Thursday night at South Tahoe, Douglas played better offensively, but the defensive effort wasn’t as good in a 73-52 loss to California’s Sheldon High.

With eight of 11 Tigers wearing a varsity uniform for the first time this week, a little inconsistency was to be expected.

“When you’re inexperienced, you’re going to have a lot of peaks of valleys,” DHS coach Keith Lewis said. “The key is not letting the valleys be too deep or staying in the valleys too long.

“Every night out you have to go out and play consistent. You have to concentrate on doing the things you did well the previous night while improving on the things you didn’t do well.”

Senior Seth Lee scored a game-high 25 points against Galena. Matt Saylo and Will Thomas each finished with six.

Douglas led by eight points early in the fourth quarter, but the Grizzlies rallied to score 27 of their 56 points in the final eight minutes.

“For three quarters, we played really, really good defensively in terms of technique and the kids being where they needed to be,” Lewis said. “We made it hard for them to run anything.

“But we were not real productive offensively. We didn’t take the ball to the hole. The kids were tight. We talked about being patient and maybe they got to the point where they didn’t want to make a mistake.”

Against Sheldon on Thursday, the offensive woes continued early in the game. Lewis said the Tigers played much better in the second half, when an apparent sense of urgency kicked in and led to better play on both ends of the court.

Lee led the Tigers with 21 points and five rebounds against Sheldon. Jared Kenison added 10 points, while Erik Olson finished with seven points and four rebounds. Rob Honer grabbed five rebounds and had three steals.

The Tigers played Franklin High of Stockton, Calif., Friday afternoon in the consolation bracket of the Viking Classic. They’ll wrap up play in the tournament today.

Douglas will play host to Sparks on Tuesday and the McQueen Lancers on Friday.