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Tigers third at tourney

by Chuck Smock

The Douglas boys picked up three games of valuable experience – and a third-place trophy -over the weekend at the 1999 Viking Rotary Classic in South Lake Tahoe.

The Tigers defeated Soquel High (Santa Cruz, Calif.), 48-41, in the third-place game on Saturday at South Tahoe.

Seth Lee led the Tigers with 16 points. Mike Saylo finished with 11 and Jared Petersen added eight points.

Lee and Petersen were named to the All Tournament Team.

“We’re very proud of the kids,” head coach Keith Lewis said. “Confidence-wise and momentum-wise, this gets us going in the right direction toward our conference season.”

The Tigers will get another test this weekend with back-to-back road games at McQueen on Friday and Elko on Saturday.

“This is a big week for us,” Lewis said. “We play two quality opponents on the road. Both will be fairly physical. It will be a good opportunity to see where we stack up in the Northern 4A.

“We have four days of practice to solidify some of the areas where we’re weak and to put in a few more things that will help us win some basketball games.”

The third-place finish is the highest ever for Douglas at the South Tahoe tournament, which was played for the 26th time this year.

In each of their final two games, the Tigers squandered late leads with different results.

Soquel cut a 10-point deficit to two points with two minutes to play. Douglas won the game at the free throw line, however, when Saylo and Taylor Cohee each hit back-to-back foul shots and Petersen made one of two.

In the semifinals on Friday, Douglas led Victor Valley late in the third quarter. Four consecutive Tiger turnovers in the fourth quarter allowed Victor Valley to pull out a 55-42 victory and advance to the championship game.

The Tigers opened the tournament Thursday with a 53-49 win over San Jose’s Leland High on Thursday. They are 3-1 heading into Friday’s game at McQueen.

“I think we are very pleased with where we’re at,” Lewis said. “We’re pleased, but we’re not satisfied. Everyone in the locker room knows we have a lot of areas we need to improve in.

“For one thing, we need to finish better. We take care of that, we’re going to be doing fine.”