Tigers fall to Falcons and Trojans
They’ve already faced nationally ranked Bishop Gorman, Sacramento-ranked Capital Christian as well as a Bishop Manogue squad that figures to contend for Northern Division I and Sierra League titles this season.
And life didn’t get any easier for the Douglas High boys basketball team this past weekend when it lost both ends of a home stand, 69-44 on Friday night against Foothill and 74-41 on Saturday afternoon against Post Falls, Idaho.
“This is one of the best schedules we’ve had in a while,” said eighth-year Douglas coach Corey Thacker. “These are solid teams and they do well in their conferences. It’s a tough preseason schedule and we’re going to benefit down the road as long as we keep working.”
Douglas (3-5 overall, 2-0 league) hung with Post Falls (4-0) through three quarters at Randy Green Court, however, the Trojans pulled away with a 31-8 run through the final period. Ten players contributed points to the Trojans during the fourth quarter and each of the team’s 11 players scored overall.
“What you saw tonight is what you see a lot when you watch us play,” Post Falls coach Mike McLean said. “We wear teams down just with relentless pressure.
“There’s not much drop off anywhere we go on the bench; there are some guys who are a little more skilled doing certain things and we really try to pride ourselves on 11 guys who can play varsity basketball defense.”
Douglas trailed 41-33 after Alex Tessmann sank two free throws with 1:13 left in the third quarter, only to see the Trojans score 13 unanswered points to pull away.
Michael Johnson led Douglas with 11 points. The junior guard scored six, including a 3-pointer, while Jace Hart and Tessmann scored on inside shots in the final minute to help stake the Tigers to an 18-14 first-quarter lead.
Douglas only scored four points and turned the ball over seven times in the second quarter.
“It’s just simple things. If we can get stops on defense and make sure we get the rebound,” Thacker said. “We gave up 18 offensive rebounds and they scored 15 points off of those. That’s a big difference right there. Those are the little things we have to work on and build.”
Junior guard Max McCullough scored a game-high 14 points for Post Falls, including a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter. Dalton Thompson added 11 points.
“You definitely saw things that we can do; we can play some defense, we can take the ball and do some scoring. But we still have to do a better job of taking care of the ball, we had way too many turnovers tonight, and we’re still giving up way too many offensive rebounds. We just have a long ways to go, but our kids are going to keep working.”
FOOTHILL 69, DOUGLAS 44
Douglas scored the game’s first eight points. But the falcons from Henderson came back to seize the momentum for good with a 15-2 run to end the first quarter.
Foothill (3-1 overall) led 15-10 at the end of the opening period and extended its advantage to 37-20 at halftime.
Te’vion Reed led all scorers with 17 points, six of which came during Foothill’s first quarter run. Torrance Littles also scored 14 points for the Falcons.
Douglas was led by Connor Lyons and Sam Broersma with nine points, while sophomore Tre Jackson added eight. Broersma also pulled down 10 rebounds.
The Tigers scored eight unanswered points in the opening two minutes. Tessmann fed an inside pass to Zach Kellar for the first score. Michael Johnson converted a steal into a layup. Broersma grabbed a rebound on the defensive end and then scored on a drive then Tessmann scored on a reverse layup off a pass from Kellar to make it 8-0.
The Cougars used their quickness effectively on defense, and took their first lead 11-10 when Marvin Coleman came up with a steal and dished off to Jeron Bodin for a layup.