In one week, with three impressive victories, the Douglas boys jumped from the bottom of the Division II standings to third place.
The Tigers (11-9 overall, 3-2 in Division II) will finish the first half of the division schedule with a home game against the Reno Huskies on Friday.
A win over the Huskies will strengthen the Tigers’ hold on third place -which is important because whoever finishes fourth in Division II likely will face Division I powerhouse Galena in the first round of the playoffs.
Carson currently is in fourth place in Division II by a half game over Reno. The Senators will play host Friday to the Wooster Colts, who continued their great run this season by beating South Tahoe on the Vikings’ home court Friday and hammering Reno, 79-53, on Saturday.
Obviously, the Tigers can’t be too concerned about what is going on in other games around the division this early in the season.
What they can do is continue beating the teams that are below them in the standings and show improvement against Wooster and South Tahoe the second time around.
And that starts with Reno on Friday.
“They’re a very, very good ball club,” Douglas head coach Keith Lewis said of the Huskies. “They’re pretty streaky in their shooting, but they can shoot the lights out. In two different games, they’ve hit 14 3-pointers.
“When they cross half court, we better be guarding them.”
The Huskies are a young squad, but they can play physical basketball and they have a decent amount of talent, if not a lot of size.
Reno likes to run the floor and can take an opponent out of its game with tenacious full-court pressure.
Douglas should be ready for Reno. The Tigers played man-to-man exclusively in wins over Fallon on Friday and at Hug High on Saturday.
Douglas started last week by beating Carson on Tuesday. It was the first time since 1985 that the Tigers had defeated the Senators in Carson City.
The Tigers then avoided a mental or emotional letdown by smothering Fallon, 62-33, and Hug High, 57-37, in back-to-back games.
In all three victories, Douglas displayed the unselfish, team-oriented style of play Lewis has been looking for all season.
Jimmy Coyne led the Tigers in scoring in all three games, but he was far from a one-man show.
Coyne finished with 15 points against Carson. John Dunbar scored 13, Bruce Jacobsen added 10 and Matt Thomas and Tim McDonnell chipped in eight apiece.
Against Fallon, Coyne scored 18 points, while Greg Bodenstein added 13, Jacobsen had eight and John Dunbar and Seth Lee each scored five.
Coyne scored 14 points against Hug. Tim McDonnell and Lee scored eight points each and Jacobsen finished with seven.
Lewis said the ability to spread the points around will be very important to the Tigers in the second half of division play.
“I think it keeps everyone involved and everyone feels like they’re a part of the victory and part of the team,” Lewis said. “Somewhere, someone is going to start focusing on Jimmy (Coyne) and try to take him out of it. We’re going to have to have people who are used to scoring.
“Since the Carson game, we’re playing so unselfish.”
The biggest win of the weekend came Friday when the Tigers beat the Greenwave in the Douglas gym. Earlier in the season, Douglas survived a scare to defeat Fallon, 62-60. And, after two mediocre practices following the win over Carson, Lewis wasn’t sure how his team would play.
As it turned out, he didn’t need to worry.
Douglas completely dominated Fallon on both ends of the floor. The Tigers prevented the Greenwave from establishing any rhythm on offense. Their patience on offense led to easy basket after easy basket.
“I’m sure that’s the feeling we had against South Tahoe,” Lewis said of his team’s 78-37 loss to the Vikings -a loss that appears to have jump-started the Tigers in their drive for a berth in the zone playoffs.
Douglas then traveled to Hug High, where they defeated the Hawks, and kept them winless in division play.
“We struggled against Hug, and I expected that.” said Lewis. “But we got through it.”
Things got a little sloppy in the second and third quarters, but the Tigers finished with a 19-9 run in the fourth quarter that secured the 20-point victory and finished the Tigers’ best week of the season with an exclamation point.
Lewis said the play of Adam Moore, Taylor Cohee, Thomas, McDonnell and Lee off the bench sparked the Tigers against Fallon and Hug.
“The bottom line goes back to the bench,” he said. “They’re coming in and playing good, solid defense while allowing us to rest some guys.
“I told them they were going to have to create their own emotion and intensity. Defensively, we played very solid all weekend. You can’t ask for much more.”
Douglas 57, Hug 37
Douglas 15 13 10 19 – 57
Hug 11 10 7 9 – 37
Douglas (3-2, 11-9)
Greg Bodenstein 2 0-0 4, Tim McDonnell 3 2-2 8, Matt Thomas 1 2-2 4, John Dunbar 1 0-0 2, Adam Moore 2 0-0 4, Seth Lee 4 0-0 8, Kyle Baker 2 0-0 4, Bruce Jacobsen 2 1-2 7, Taylor Cohee 1 0-0 2, Jimmy Coyne 5 2-2 14, Totals: 23 7-8 57. Three-pointers: Jacobsen 2, Coyne 2.
Hug (0-6, 4-15)
Trovela 1 1-2 4, Tilton 4 1-1 10, Lord 3 0-0 7, L. Braxton 2 0-0 5, Lopez 2 0-0 4, Hardin 3 0-0 7, Totals: 15 2-3 37. Three-pointers: Trovela, Tilton, Braxton, Hardin, Lord.
Team fouls: Douglas 11, Hug 14. Fouled out: None. Technical foul: Douglas bench.
Fallon 10 6 4 13 33
Douglas 21 17 15 9 62
Douglas (2-2, 10-9)
Greg Bodenstein 6 1-2 13, Tim McDonnell , Jared Petersen , Matt Thomas 1 0-0 2, John Dunbar 2 0-0 5, Adam Moore 1 0-0 2, Seth Lee 2 1-2 5, Kyle Baker 1 1-1 3, Bruce Jacobsen 3 2-3 8, Taylor Cohee 1 2-2 4, Jimmy Coyne 7 2-2 18, Kipp Baird 1 0-0 2. Totals: 25 9-12-62. Three-pointers: Coyne 2, Dunbar.
Fallon (1-2, 8-9)
Heggerle 1 0-0 2, Redner 3 2-4 9, Vallejos 2 2-3 7, Chivara 1 0-0 2, Cooper 0 1-2 1, Davis 0 3-4 3, Taitano 1 2-2 4, Peterson 1 3-5 5. Totals: 9 13-20 33. Three-pointers: Redner, Vallejos.
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