Douglas explodes for 69-49 triumph
A wave of Douglas Tigers brought some serious heat to their season home opener Tuesday night in a 69-49 victory against North Valleys.
Ten different players reached the score column, led by Tre Jackson’s 23-point effort, as Douglas (1-1 league, 2-3 overall) raced to a 13-0 lead in the opening two minutes and never looked back in the Northern 4A cross-over game at Randy Green Court.
Any doubt about the game’s outcome was eliminated after Douglas took a 30-6 first quarter against North Valleys (0-2, 1-3).
The Tigers connected on six of seven shots from the field to start the game. Oh, and that one miss was tipped in by Jackson for a 2-0 lead.
Ryan Barnes knocked down a jumper and then Jackson took a charge on the defensive end to continue that momentum. Jordan Warren fed Barnes for a 3-pointer and Dalton Davis scored on a layup then added a free throw to complete a three-point play to make it 10-0. Jackson fired in another 3-pointer, assisted by Warren, to push the lead to 13-0 with 6:05 left in the first quarter.
The Panthers finally got on the scoreboard when Brendan Talonen put in a layup with 5:51 showing on the clock, however, the Tigers didn’t let up on the accelerator.
Josh Meza sank a 3-pointer off another assist from Warren, Jackson scored on a drive and jumper, then Austin Clutts drained back-to-back 3-pointers and scored on a drive to push the Douglas lead to 30-4.
Jackson finished with a game-high 23 points, including an acrobatic reverse layup early in the second quarter. Barnes added 13, with a pair of 3-pointers, while Clutts contributed eight and Davis seven.
Five different players accounted for those 30 first-quarter points while Warren dished out three assists.
Douglas is scheduled to host the Oakland Wildcats (1-1) tonight at 7 p.m., followed by a 1:30 p.m. game Saturday against Grants Pass (Ore.). The Grants Pass Cavemen (1-2) were 56-48 winners Tuesday behind 26 points from senior forward Tyler Rund.