Douglas High boys basketball
Theo Reid (35) drives around a Grants Pass defender Friday evening during the Tigers' 64-57 win over the Cavemen in Minden.
Photo by Ron Harpin.
A 30-point fourth quarter was all Douglas High boys’ basketball needed to get by Grants Pass Friday night.
The 64-57 win contained no shortage of drama as the Tigers lit up the scorer’s table with basket after basket in the final eight minutes.
Connor Ward put together 10 points in the final frame, accompanied by Thomas McDowell’s seven to catapult the Tigers in front.
Douglas had trailed a majority of the game, but once the Tigers found their rhythm – it was all she wrote.
Trailing 45-39, Caden Thacker got the run started with a floater through the paint.
The next trip down the floor, Theo Reid found Ward unguarded for a layup.
Ward proceeded to drain a triple on Douglas’ ensuing possession.
Just like that Douglas had taken a 46-45 lead, but Grants Pass was able to hit a wing 3-pointer to regain a two-point edge.
McDowell hit a spinning fadeaway for the Tigers to quickly tie the contest up before swishing a corner triple.
Leading 51-50, Reid scored the next three points for the Tigers with a layup and a free throw.
After a handful of defensive stops, Reid dished out an assist to Dakota Jones for a bucket before adding two more free throws to make it 60-52, Douglas.
Through three quarters, Douglas had managed just 34 points, but head coach Corey Thacker credits the change in the tide to defensive stops.
“I thought it was our defense. We actually slowed our minds down and moved the ball,” said Thacker. “Getting easy buckets, especially from our post, is really what got us started.”
Douglas trailed by 10, 32-22, at the halftime intermission but the bounce back was credited to settling in defensively.
“It was just sitting down and staying in front of people,” said Thacker. “We were not being smart, not understanding our angles and taking unnecessary gambles.”
Douglas picked up the win without leading scorer Kasen Boggs, who did not play Friday.
In the opening half, the Tigers had some trouble finishing around the rim and resorting to taking the first shot available rather than waiting for the right look.
JC Reid knocked down three triples in the opening 16 minutes, ending the night with 14 points.
Caden Thacker ended his night with 11 points while Theo Reid put together a nine-point outing.
UP NEXT: Douglas (3-4) will host South Tahoe (3-2) Monday. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but Thacker said the contest had been moved to Monday afternoon.
Boys area scores
Carson 67, Galena 44
Elko 64, hug 32
Spanish Springs 60, South Tahoe 15
St. Mary’s (CA) 63, Bishop Manogue 59