Tigers face out-of-state tests
The Douglas boys lost their season opener Tuesday night at McQueen, 71-51. Earlier, the Douglas girls dropped a 59-30 decision in their opener against the Lancers.
A formidable schedule awaits this weekend when the Douglas High boys basketball plays in the 13th annual Wild West Shootout, hosted by Bishop Manogue High in Reno.
Douglas opens Thursday at 3:45 p.m. against Jesuit (Sacramento), the tournament’s three-time defending champion. The Tigers will return to action on Friday against either the winner or loser of the Folsom-Servite game.
An eight-team field has been assembled that includes Jesuit, Folsom (Calif.), Lowry (Winnemucca), St. Mary’s (Stockton), Servite (Anaheim) and Spanish Springs are also joining the host Manogue Miners.
Jesuit was a 62-50 victor against Douglas at last year’s Wild West Shootout and the Marauders went on to compile a 25-6 record and runner-up finish behind Folsom in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Tournament.
Funds raised through the Wild West Shootout basketball tournament go toward helping families with an autistic child attending the University of Nevada Early Childhood Autism Program, which specializes in early intensive treatment for young children with autism. All-tournament passes are $25 for adults and $15 for students, children seniors and military. Daily passes are $10 and $6.
A tournament slam dunk contest will be staged from 6:45-7:15 p.m. on Friday.
The Douglas boys make their home debut Tuesday against North Valleys and will also play at home next weekend with games against the Oakland Wildcats from the Bay Area on Dec. 9 and the Grants Pass (Ore.) Cavemen on Dec. 10.
Douglas will face three out-of-state opponents in returns to the High Sierra Winter Challenge, which is co-hosted by Reno and Spanish Springs high schools.
The Tigers open Thursday with a 6 p.m. contest against St. Ignatius at Reno High. They return to action Friday with a 6 p.m. game against Lassen (Susanville, Calif.) at Spanish Springs High and then play Heritage (Littleton, Colo.) at Spanish Springs at 2 p.m. Saturday.
St. Ignatius, the defending Central Coast Section Division 2 champion, is led by 6-foot-2 senior forward Ariana Abdulmassih and point guard Ayzhiana Basallo, both all-San Francisco Metro selections last season who have signed to play for Cornell and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo respectively.