Douglas posts two wins
Austin Evans scored 9 of his 11 points in the fourth quarter Saturday to help the Douglas High boys basketball team in its a come-from-behind 49-41 win at home against Fallon.
Fallon held a 31-27 lead at the end of three quarters, however, the Tigers scored 11 unanswered points to start the fourth to take charge of the non-league contest at Randy Green Court.
Coupled with their 67-35 Sierra League win at Wooster on Friday, the Tigers improved to 6-5 overall for the season and 2-2 in league.
“It’s good to get two wins,” Douglas coach Corey Thacker said. “Our kids are focused coming out of the (Christmas) break), which is good to see because we have some big games coming up.”
The Tigers were at home Tuesday against Reno (results were unavailable at press time) and travel to Reno on Friday for a game against Sierra League foe Bishop Manogue.
On Saturday, the Tigers hosted Fallon for a six-game series in which the schools’ freshmen, junior varsity and varsity boys and girls teams faced each other.
Though coming off an important 58-45 Northern I-A league win one night before at Truckee, Fallon coach Brad Barton was not disappointed with the Greenwave’s performance.
“We won last night and didn’t play that well, but we played pretty well tonight even though we lost,” Barton said. “I’m proud of my guys. They gave a good effort, especially the guys coming off the bench.”
Fallon (3-5, 2-1) led 31-27 at the end of a third quarter that saw five lead changes, however, the Tigers went right to work at the start of the fourth.
Evans picked up a loose and drove three-quarters of the court for a layup and then scored on another layup, assisted by A.J. Pfaffenberger, to tie the score at 31-all with 7:30 to go. Pat Johnson hit a pair of free throws to put the Tigers on top, 33-31, and then fed a pass to Evans, who knocked down a 3-pointer to make it 36-31 with 6:23 to go.
“They increased their defensive intensity and we just made too many turnovers,” Barton said. “We need to manage ourselves and stay composed in those situations.”
Earlier, Douglas scored the final 10 points of the first half to take an 18-12 lead at the intermission. The Greenwave led 12-8 when Jaden Wass hit a jumper and Alex Tessmann scored on a putback to tie the score at 12-all. Trey Maurer drove for the go-ahead basket with 2:07 left before halftime. Wass converted a pair of free throws then Tessmann intercepted an inbounds pass and drove for an uncontested layup as Douglas extended its lead to 18-12.
James Herrick and Johnson scored 8 points each for the Tigers. Jeff Evett led all scorers for the Greenwave with 17 points, 9 of which came in the third quarter.
Douglas jumped out to an 18-3 first-quarter lead and never looked back Friday at Wooster. Pfaffenberger scored 12 points and Michael Johnson 10 to lead a balanced attack in which 14 players scored for the Tigers. Pat Johnson contributed 7 points and 6 assists for the Tigers, who shot 24-for-50 from the field (8-for-15 from 3-point range).
“We shot the ball very well,” Thacker said. “The first quarter was good, but what I really liked, we maintained our intensity through the entire game. And that paid dividends against Fallon, because even though we didn’t have another good first quarter, the kids were able to come back and pull it out there at the end.”
A 14-0 run in the second quarter erased the Tigers’ 5-point lead and put Fallon on track to a 65-54 win against the Tigers.
The Greenwave led 33-24 at halftime and extended their advantage to 17 points at one time in the fourth quarter.
Jace Hart led Douglas with his game-high 20 points, 7 of which came in the fourth quarter. Dylan Hinks also scored 9 on a trio of 3-pointers in the first half.
Clay Davison had 17 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, for a Fallon club that was coming off a lopsided win on Friday at Truckee. Tristen Thomson also had 13 points and 10 offensive rebounds.
Dalton Davis scored 11 points to lead the Douglas frosh squad to a 56-50 win against Fallon.
Kaden Christensen also had 9 points for the Tigers, including one 3 ball. Dylan Ridenour led all scorers with 18 points for the Greenwave.