Johnson scores 32 for Tigers in loss
A 32-point performance by Michael Johnson wasn’t enough Tuesday night for the Douglas High boys basketball team in its 74-58 loss to Bishop Manogue in Reno.
The Manogue Miners (6-2 league, 9-6 overall) benefited from eight 3-pointers and 20-for-30 shooting from the free throw line to secure a win that strengthened their hold on second-place in a tight Sierra League race.
Douglas (5-4, 6-11) returns home tonight to face Damonte Ranch and then visits arch rival and league-leading Carson on Tuesday.
Johnny Reiley and Brevon Bansuelo scored 21 points each to lead Manogue offensively. Reiley scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half to help the Miners take a 37-29 lead.
Johnson, a 5-foot-10 senior guard, helped keep Douglas within striking distance much of the way as he scored 10 points in the second quarter, 11 in the third and nine more in the fourth. Johnson shot 8-for-11 from the free throw line — Douglas was 9-for-13 as a team — en route to his personal high for the season.
The Tigers only trailed 41-37 in the third quarter after Jace Hart rattled off six unanswered points. Bansuelo answered with a 3-pointer, then teammates Aldan Cantwell and freshman Gabe Bansuelo followed with 3-pointers of their own as the Miners regained the momentum with a 9-1 run.
Hart scored 10 points for Douglas. Sam Johnson scored nine, including a 3-pointer in the first quarter. The Tigers enjoyed a 24-23 edge in field goals.
Cantwell, a 6-foot-3 junior, finished the night with 14 points. He knocked down two shots from beyond the arc.
Note: Cantwell has ties to Douglas High School that date back to the 1980s when his mother was a two-sport star for the Tigers. Teya Edwards was instrumental in leading the Douglas girls basketball program to its first state tournament berth in 1983 and also played for the Tigers’ undefeated 3A state championship volleyball team in 1983.