Tigers fall short against Cavemen
The Douglas High boys basketball team was unable to capitalize on two opportunities to take the lead or tie the score in the final 20 seconds, while Grants Pass shot 14-for-20 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to secure a 54-51 win Friday night in Minden.
Tre Jackson scored 17 points and Dalton Davis 14 to lead the offensive for Douglas (1-1 league, 2-5 overall). Davis scored eight of his points in the fourth quarter, six inside the final two minutes.
Grants Pass (2-3 overall) was led offensively by Tyler Rund, who scored 20 of his game-high 23 points in the first half, and Andru Valadez with 10. Sophomore guard Taylor Anderson added nine points as he shot 9-for-10 from the free throw line (4-for-4 on two technical fouls called against Douglas). Overall, Grants Pass converted 21 of 32 free throw attempts.
The Cavemen led by as many as 14 points — 40-26 with 3:00 left in the third quarter — before the Tigers launched their comeback. Kaden Christensen provided the spark when he dialed in on a 3-pointer. Then Jackson blocked an baseline shot, that set the stage for Christensen sank a high-arching 3-pointer left the left wing to make it 40-32 with four seconds left in the quarter. Jackson dished off in the lane to Cade Pankey for a layup, Christensen followed with another 3-pointer and Davis put in a layup, assisted by Jackson, to cut the lead to 45-39.
Grants Pass led 50-45 with one minute to go before Dalton came up with a takeaway underneath the basket and laid in a shot. Davis scored on another layup, this time assisted by Jordan Warren, to make it 51-49 with 25 seconds left.
Douglas forced a backcourt turnover with its fullcourt defensive pressure, but was unable to capitalize when the front end of a bonus free throw situation missed the mark.
Anderson sank two free throws to extend the lead to 53-49 with 8.3 seconds left to play. Warren scored on an uncontested layup with 4.1 seconds to go, and the Tigers immediately fouled Randy Clark, who made one of two free throws with 3.0 seconds showing on the clock.
The Tigers were unable to set up a good shot to tie the score before time expired.
Christensen finished with nine points the Tigers. Jackson handed out four assists and Davis pulled down six rebounds. Douglas shot 10-for-15 from the free throw line.
Douglas returns to its Northern 4A schedule this week with a game on Thursday at Spanish Springs and Friday at Reed.