Douglas boys take on Bishop Gorman |

Douglas boys take on Bishop Gorman

Staff Reports

The Douglas High boys basketball team returns to action Wednesday against nationally ranked Bishop Gorman at 5 p.m. during the 11th annual Wild West Shootout in Reno.

The Tigers are part of an eight-team field playing in the Shootout, which continues through Saturday at Bishop Manogue High School. Other teams in the Shootout include, Capital Christian (Sacramento) Jesuit (Sacramento), Mountain View (Mesa, Ariz.), Reno, Reed and host-Bishop Manogue.

Douglas is opening with a formidable challenge against three-time defending state large schools champion Gorman (Las Vegas). Gorman was ranked No. 4 in the nation by USA Today prior to its season-opening 63-55 loss to No. 16 Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) on Saturday. The Gaels feature 10 players who stand 6-5 or better, including 7-foot senior post Stephen Zimmerman.

The Tigers come back to play Capital Christian Thursday at 1 p.m. Capital Christian is coming off a 2013-14 season in which it went 28-4 and lost in the Northern California Open Division championship game to Bishop O’Dowd.

Douglas has six returnees from a team that went 13-11 overall (9-7 Sierra League) last season, including 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior Alex Tessmann and 6-foot-5 senior Sam Broersma. Tessmann averaged 4.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last season, highlighted by a 14-point, 10-rebound performance in a 55-52 loss against Reno. Broersma averaged 3.9 points and 3.1 rebounds during a season in which he scored in double figures in four games.

Note: Daily ticket prices are $8 for adults and $6 for kids/students. Four-day passes are also available at $25 for adults and $12 for kids/students. Funds raised through the tournament will go toward helping families with an autistic child attending the University of Nevada Early Childhood Autism Program. The program specializes in early intensive treatment for young children with autism that offers a comprehensive treatment program emphasizing development of children in language, communication, socialization and personal behavior. The Wild West Shootout is presented by Grand Sierra Resort.