Tigers win at North Valleys
Zach Kellar’s 3-pointer beat the final buzzer and lifted the Douglas High boys basketball team to a season-opening 66-65 overtime win Tuesday night at North Valleys.
Michael Johnson knocked down eight 3-pointers en route to a career-high 26 points to help spark the Tigers in a Northern Division I cross-over contest that went back and forth the whole way.
Douglas came back on Wednesday afternoon and lost 72-28 to nationally ranked Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) in the Wild West Shootout in Reno. Johnson scored nine points to lead the Tigers offensively, while Kellar added seven and Alex Tessmann six against the three-time defending state Division I champion Gaels.
The Tigers lost again on Thursday afternoon, 75-41, against high-powered Capital Christian (Sacramento).
Tuesday’s game at North Valleys was tied 24-all at halftime and 58-all at the end of regulation, then Douglas outscored the Panthers 8-7 in overtime to pull out the win. North Valleys (0-2) led 12-9 at the end of one quarter.
Johnson, a 5-foot-10 junior guard, also had six steals and three assists. Tessman grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, six on the offensive end.
Tessmann and Connor Lyons also scored 12 points each. As a team, the Tigers shot 11-for-27 from beyond the 3-point arc.