Douglas High Basketball team ready for league |

Douglas High Basketball team ready for league

Donnie Nelson

Now, it counts for real.

The Douglas High School basketball teams open league play Tuesday against Wooster. Both the boys and girls games should be highly competitive.

The girls game is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m. with the boys game to follow.

Although it’s only the first league game, it’s almost a near must win for the Douglas boys team.

The Tigers enter the regular season 5-5 but with a little bit of momentum after a come-from-behind 44-43 victory at Manogue, one of the top Class 3A teams in the state, Dec. 29.

They play at South Tahoe, perhaps the second best team in the 13-school Class 4A Northern Zone, on Jan. 9 and then play host to Carson on Jan. 13.

An 0-3 start would be a big hole to climb out of. A 2-1 start, or even a 1-2 start, would at least give the Tigers a push in the right direction heading into a three-game stretch – at Fallon on Jan. 16, versus Hug on Jan. 17 and at Reno on Jan. 23 – where wins are very possible.

Jim Coyne continues to be the offensive leader for the Tigers. Ian Umphries and John Dunbar also hit key shots down the stretch in the Manogue game. Andy Chichester made his presence known inside in the early minutes of the Manogue game.

Coach Aubrey McCreary has yet to settle into a regular (eight man) rotation and gave just about everybody at least a few minutes of action on a regular basis in the preseason, a sign of a team still searching for an identity. The defense continues to play well, but the offense is still a little out of sync.

The Tigers will have to put things together in a hurry if they hope to get off on the right foot Tuesday.

The girls team played arguably its toughest non-league schedule ever, and that should be to its benefit in the end of the season.

It will be a wide open race for the title and four playoff spots awarded in Division II – which also consists of Carson, Fallon, Hug, Reno, South Tahoe and Wooster.

Expect all 10 players to see balanced playing time for coach Randy Green.

The Tigers come into league play with plenty of confidence after playing some of the top teams in Nevada tough during the preseason.

They have a balanced scoring, passing and rebounding attack with any player capable of leading the way in any of the statistical departments on a given night.