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Tigers facing pivotal Sierra test at Galena

Douglas High's Tanner Souza drives to the basket against Wooster on Tuesday night.
Jim Grant | The Record-Courier

STANDINGS

Sierra League

Carson 7-0 1.000 -

Douglas 5-2 .714 2

Bishop Manogue 4-2 .667 2.5

Galena 3-4 .429 4

Damonte Ranch 2-5 .286 5

Wooster 1-6 .143 6

Having gained momentum from back-to-back victories in the past week, the Douglas High boys basketball team will face a pivotal test tonight against Galena in Reno.

Douglas (5-2 league, 6-9 overall) retained its hold on second-place in the Sierra League Tuesday with an 81-36 victory at home against Wooster. Tonight, the Tigers will be looking to knock off a Galena team (3-4 league, 9-8 overall) that has been struggling yet is still the defending region tournament champion.

Galena has lost four of its last five league games — by a combined total of 13 points — including a 50-49 setback Tuesday night at Bishop Manogue. The Grizzlies are led by 6-foot-6 standouts Zach Williams and Dillon Voyles, who scored 26 and 18 points respectively against Manogue. And senior guard Noah Peck is always a threat from the perimeter, as was evident last January when he sank three successive 3-pointers in the third quarter to help spark Galena to a 61-40 win at Douglas.

The Tigers, meanwhile, counter with a balanced attack in which 14 players scored Tuesday in the win against Wooster at Randy Green Court.

Michael Johnson scored 12 points to lead Douglas, while Josh Meza and Zach Kellar added 10 each on a night when the Tigers shot 51 percent from the field and rang up a season-high 81 points.

Meza connected on a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter, both assisted by Tanner Souza, that gave the Tigers 11-7 and 16-7 leads. The Tigers scored 11 unanswered points during a span of nearly six minutes to take an 18-9 lead. Johnson scored six points in the first quarter, including a drive to break a 5-all tie and give the Tigers a lead they never relinquished.

Myster Smith knocked down a pair of 3-pointers at the outset of the second quarter, however, Wooster (1-6 league, 3-13 overall) never got any closer than five points the rest of the way. The Colts scored nine points in each of the four quarters.

Douglas pushed its margin to 41-18 at halftime and went up 55-21 after Kellar converted a steal into a breakaway dunk with 4:38 to go in the third quarter.

Eight players contributed assists, led by Tanner Williams with four and Dylan Hinks three. Hinks assisted Tre Jackson on a 3-point bomb that pushed the Douglas lead to 29-15 midway through the second quarter.

Dalton Davis finished with nine points while Jace Hart contributed eight points and seven rebounds.

Ryan Barnes and Jake Evans both knocked down 3-pointers in the fourth quarter for Douglas. Jordan Warren contributed six points and assisted on a Hinks layup to close out the first half.