Douglas boys open season Tuesday at McQueen |

Douglas boys open season Tuesday at McQueen

Douglas High boys basketball coach Corey Thacker directs the team through practice last week. The Tigers open Tuesday with a Northern 4A cross-over game against McQueen.
Brad Coman |

Five returning veterans are leading the way for a reloaded Douglas High boys basketball team that tips off its new season on Tuesday.

Douglas, 9-16 overall (8-8 Sierra League) last season, opens with a 7 p.m. Northern 4A cross-over game against McQueen in Reno.

Corey Thacker is entering his 10th season as the Tigers’ head coach.

Tre Jackson, a 6-foot-2 senior entering his third varsity season, is the most experienced returnee for the Tigers. Jackson earned first-team all-Sierra League honors as a guard during the 2015-16 season when he averaged 5.7 points, including 15 field goals from 3-point range (34 percent), ranked as the team’s co-leader in steals and fourth in rebounds.

Other returning varsity veterans who saw action last season include Jordan Warren, Dalton Davis, Josh Meza and Ryan Barnes. Warren finished strong last season, capped by an 11-point performance in a 67-56 region tournament loss against the Reno Huskies.

Seven newcomers have moved up from the junior varsity, including the team’s tallest players, 6-foot-5 Justin Lopez and 6-4 Ian Ozolins, along with seniors Kaden Christensen and Cade Pankey. Senior Reagan Roberson, who was recently named Sierra League Defensive Player of the Year in football, is out for his first varsity basketball season.

Looking ahead, the Tigers will take a one day break on the scheduled before the 13th annual Wild West Shootout Thursday through Saturday, hosted by Bishop Manogue High in Reno. Douglas opens Thursday with a 3:45 p.m. game against Jesuit (Sacramento), the tournament’s three-time defending champion. The Tigers will return to action on Friday against either the winner or loser of the Folsom (Calif.)-Servite (Anaheim) game.

The Tigers will make their home debut Dec. 6 against North Valleys, followed by games against the Oakland Wildcats from the Bay Area on Dec. 9 and the Grants Pass (Ore.) Cavemen on Dec. 10.