Elko Indians will test Douglas
The Douglas boys’ basketball team had a four-game winning streak heading into the weekend.
Head coach Keith Lewis is anxious to see if his team’s run is as impressive as it looks on paper.
He’ll get that opportunity tonight when the Tigers play host to the Elko Indians at 5 p.m. in the DHS gym.
The Tigers were 4-1 before they played Utah’s Pleasant Grove late Friday at Galena High. Results from that game were not available for this issue.
The Tigers spanked a Lowry team that isn’t expected to contend for the Division I title by 17 points, 73-56, on Tuesday. Their three other wins came against 3A opponents last week in the Fernley Classic.
“From now on, the games are going to be competitive,” Lewis said. “There’s no slouches on the schedule. And I’m excited to see how these kids respond.”
Lewis has seen the scouting report on Elko. He says the Indians are a physical team with good size and good guard play.
Two Elko players who are well-known to Douglas football fans are expected to play big roles for the Indians on the hardwood this season.
Tim Gilligan, who recently earned the Northern 4A Conference Player of the Year award as well as the first-team Return Specialist award and first-team defense honors at defensive back, is the Elko’s point guard.
Marcus Lesbo, the Indians’ second-team all-conference tight end, plays forward for the Elko basketball team.
The Tigers worked Thursday night in practice on drills designed to keep the ball out of Gilligan’s hands. They will try to prevent him from taking the outlet pass, which will force someone else to run the Indians’ transition offense.
“We want to try to take the break away and get them into a half-court game on defense,” Lewis said. “And we’ll try to push the pace on offense.”
Douglas senior Jimmy Coyne will draw the assignment of guarding Lesbo. The matchup between Coyne, a 6-foot-3 forward, and Lesbo, also 6-3, could be one of the most entertaining in the game. Both players are athletic and like to run the floor.
“I think these next two games are really important,” Lewis said after practice Thursday. “We need a quality win.”
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