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Wooster holds on to beat DHS

by Chuck Smock

The Douglas Tigers’ struggles on their home court continued Tuesday in a 65-64 loss to the Wooster Colts.

The Tigers, as they did in home losses to Reno and Hug, owned a lead over the Colts in the second half, but couldn’t hold on to win the game.

“We’ve had so many leads. It’s almost like the kiss of death for us when we get a lead,” Douglas coach Keith Lewis said. “You look at those situations where we’ve been in the lead and I think in every one of those situations, whether it’s fatigue of whatever it is, we’ve allowed ourselves to relax defensively, which has allowed the other team to get on a roll.

“The thing we have to do as we head down the stretch is we have to work on tempo. We have to recognize situations where the other team is on a run and the kids have to understand that is when we have to get a quality possession. We have to get a six- or seven-pass possession where we really make them defend. They need to understand that the best way to break momentum is to make a team guard.”

The Tigers will have to hope they have better results away from home in their second half of Sierra League, which started Friday night at Reno High. Four of Douglas’ last five league games are on the road.

On Tuesday, the Tigers (1-4 in league) travel to play Hug High (3-2 before Friday’s road game with 3-2 Carson) in Reno. They’ll play host to Carson on Friday.

“I still feel four wins will get us into the zone (playoffs),” Lewis said. “Obviously, two of those are going to have to be against Wooster and Tahoe, but it’s not over. I have kids with pretty good character. They’re going to play to the end.

“The Hug game is going to be a big game. The nice thing is that we can very realistically go 4-1 (in the second half of league play). We’ve played with everybody and we had big leads on people. It’s hard to say that at 1-4, but we definitely have an opportunity, if we play like we’re capable of playing, to play ourselves into the playoffs.”

On Tuesday against Wooster, Seth Lee scored 12 of his game-high 26 points in a two-minute span late in the first quarter to help the Tigers build a 22-11 lead.

Douglas advantage was still nine points three minutes into the second period when the Colts caught fire.

Wooster closed out the half with a 16-2 run that allowed the Colts to take a 37-32 lead into the locker room.

The Tigers scored the first 11 points of the third quarter. They made five of their first seven shots and limited Wooster to two field goal attempts in the two-and-a-half minute span.

The Colts spent the final five minutes of the third chipping away at the lead. They appeared to put the game on ice with a 13-3 run that ate up five minutes of the fourth quarter.

Douglas made things interesting by scoring seven unanswered points in the final 23 seconds, including Lee’s three-quarter court 3-pointer at the buzzer.

“There were times Tuesday night we just flat-out dominated them,” Lewis said. “And there were times we got flat-out dominated. We seem to go from one extreme to the next. Our games have been peaks and valleys, peaks and valleys. Unfortunately, we’re finishing in the valley. We have to find a way where can finish on the top of our game.”

Erik Olson and Rob Honer each scored 10 points for the Tigers. Jared Kenison scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds.

Lee finished with nine rebounds. Matt Saylo had five rebounds for Douglas.

Junior point guard Julian Hatcher led four Wooster players who scored in double figures. He finished with 17 points. J.J. Milan added 14 points and eight rebounds. Kyle Backlund scored 11 points and had seven rebounds and Tim Davis scored 10 points.