Tiger boys trounce Sparks railroaders
The Douglas Tigers turned in an impressive defensive performance in a 56-39 win over Sparks on Tuesday at DHS.
And a third-quarter offensive outburst made sure the effort wasn’t wasted.
Seth Lee scored 14 of his game-high 29 points in a four-minute span midway through the third quarter to help the Tigers take control of the game. Lee was three-for-three on 3-pointers in the stretch, during which Douglas went on a 16-5 run and extended its lead to 17 points, 47-30.
“Coach said in the locker room (at halftime) that we’ve been letting teams hang around once we get the lead,” Lee said. “In the second half, we came out and played good team defense. We came out and put it to them and didn’t let up. I think that’s what we have to do every game. We’re starting to get our confidence. It’s all momentum from here, hopefully.”
Jared Kenison scored seven points, including a 3-pointer near the end of the second quarter that gave the Tigers a six-point lead at halftime.
Erik Olson chipped in with six points. Rob Honer and Lee each had seven rebounds.
Luke Rippee had three of the Tigers’ nine steals. He also grabbed four rebounds and scored two points.
Dan McVickers led Sparks with 19 points. He scored nine of his team’s first 11 points, but was held scoreless in the second quarter. McVickers added eight more points in the third quarter before being limited to a single basket in the final eight minutes.
“We didn’t have a scout on Sparks,” Douglas coach Keith Lewis said. “We knew they would spread it out (offensively) and try to penetrate and we haven’t played against that. With our inexperience, it took us a while to adjust.
“Sparks got real dependent on McVickers in the second half and I thought Jared (Kenison) and Robby (Honer) did a nice job defending him.”
Sparks apparently didn’t have a scouting report on Douglas, either. Lee scored the Tigers’ first six points and had nine points midway through the first period.
If the Railroaders tried during halftime to devise a plan to slow down Lee, it didn’t work. The senior who is averaging more than 25 points per game was unstoppable in the third quarter.
“I’ve been in the zone so far a little bit this year. It feels good,” Lee said. “I’m trying not to force it this year and I don’t get down if I miss one, where in the past I might have. I always think the next one’s going in. That’s the way you have to think.”
Lewis has known all along that the Tigers have the potential to light it up on the offensive end of the court. He said the effort and intensity his team showed on both ends of the court Tuesday was encouraging.
“I was very proud of our guys,” the coach said. “They were all over the floor. We went into the game thinking all loose balls were ours. Our kids were getting after it. Defensively, we can still improve, but giving up only 39 points, I’m not going to complain.”
The Tigers (3-2) will play three games next week. They’ll travel to Fallon on Tuesday and will play Lassen at Galena on Friday and will play Foothill at Wooster on Saturday.