Huskies outlast Miners for title |

Huskies outlast Miners for title

Reno's Thomas Beach (45) and Manogue's Aidan Cantwell (3) eye a rebound Saturday during NIAA Championship play at Carson High.
Brad Coman |

Christian Chamberlain, Drew Rippingham and Tommy Challis combined to score 45 points Saturday night as the Reno High boys basketball team outlasted Bishop Manogue 62-51 in the Northern 4A Region Tournament championship game.

Chamberlain scored 16 points, 11 in the second half, while Rippingham added 15 and Challis 14 to lead the Huskies before a packed house at Carson High School.

Reno (22-6 overall) now advances to the NIAA State Championships this coming Thursday and Friday in Las Vegas.

Rippingham, whose last-second 3-pointer last Thursday lifted Reno past Galena in the semifinals, connected on three 3-pointers, including a clutch shot that gave the Huskies a 52-42 lead with 3:10 left to play. Rippingham added four free throws down the stretch to help Reno close out its win.

And the 6-foot-7 Challis was a force inside with 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. Three of those blocks came inside the final six minutes before halftime during a span when Reno outscored Manogue 14-4 to turn a 15-14 deficit into a 28-19 halftime lead. Rippingham scored five points during that run, including a 3-pointer off an assist from Challis that gave Reno a 19-15 lead.

Reno led by as many as 15 points — 42-27 with 1:55 left in the third quarter — before the Miners mounted a comeback.

Manogue scored eight unanswered points early in the fourth quarter and pulled to within 45-40 on a pair of Kolton Frugoli free throws with 5:07 to go.

That’s as close as it would get, however, as the Huskies answered with a 7-2 run of their own, including a 3-pointer by Rippingham. The Huskies put the game away by converting 10 of 11 free throws in the final 82 seconds — they were 21-for-27 from the line overall.

Manogue was led offensively by sophomores Gabe Bansuelo with 16 points each. Bansuelo scored 11 in the fourth quarter. Josh Rolling, another sophomore, added eight points and Aidan Cantwell seven for the Miners.