Late surge lifts Grizzlies
Leading by one point at the end of three quarters on Friday night, the Douglas High boys basketball team was in position to pick off an important Sierra League win on the road against Galena on Friday night.
Instead, Galena rallied to stage a big 25-4 run through the fourth quarter on their way to a 59-40 victory against the Tigers.
Dillon Voyles scored 19 points to lead the way as Galena (4-4 league, 10-8 overall) pulled out what was a pivotal win. The defending region tournament champion Grizzlies had lost four of their previous five league games — by a combined total of 13 points — and another setback would have left them two games out of second- and third-place in the league.
Douglas (5-3 league, 6-10 overall) dropped into third-place by one-half game behind Bishop Manogue, a 72-57 victor against Damonte Ranch on Friday.
Friday’s game went back and forth through three quarters. The Tigers and Grizzlies were tied 21-all at halftime and Douglas was on top by a 36-35 score at the end of three quarters.
Voyles, a 6-foot-6 junior point guard, shot 7-for-9 on his free throws and the Grizzlies shot 16-for-22 from the line as a team.
Moses Wood, a 6-6 sophomore, scored a season-high 12 points and senior guard Noah Peck added 12 to aid Galena. Douglas statistics were unavailable at press time.
Note: The Northern Division I Region Tournament tips off for boys on Feb. 17, at the sites of higher seeded teams. The top four finishers from the Sierra and High Desert leagues qualify for the tournament. The semifinals and finals will be played Feb. 19-20 at Spanish Springs High School in Sparks. The two finalists advance to the NIAA State Tournament on Feb. 25-26 at Lawlor Events Center in Reno.