PREP: Carson boys fall short in OT
RENO – The game was there for the taking, both in the fourth quarter and overtime, but the Carson Senators couldn’t get the ball to go into the basket when they needed it the most.
Luke Medeiros scored back-to-back baskets in the final two minutes of overtime, and R.J. Bush knocked down a free throw with 28.3 seconds remaining to give Reno a 56-53 win over the Carson boys basketball team Thursday night.
The game was tied at 49 at the end of regulation thanks to a buzzer-beating shot by Carson’s Matt Nolan, but the Huskies outscored Carson 7-4 in the extra period to grab the win.
The loss dropped Carson to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in Northern 4A games. The Senators play McQueen at 5:30 p.m. today at the Wild West Shootout.
“I think we’re getting better,” Carson coach Bruce Barnes. “We played hard. We executed well out of timeouts which we hadn’t been doing.
“We got some good shots at the end (of overtime), but they didn’t go in. We’ve got to be able to make free throws. We were 1-for-7 in the fourth quarter.”
Trailing 41-38, Nolan missed two free throws, but he hit one of two after a Reno turnover to make it 41-39. After another Reno turnover, Chris Steele tied the game at 41.
Bush dropped in a free throw to give the Huskies a 44-43 lead with 4:03 left. Brian Barnes went 0-for-2 at the line, and Quinn Rooker scored on a putback for a 46-43 lead. A layup by Steele and a Trey Jensen jump shot from the left corner gave Carson a 47-46 lead with 2:21 remaining. A three-point play by Robert Lujan put the Huskies ahead 49-47 with 1:21 left.
Carson missed its next three shots, the third with 6.6 seconds left by Barnes. Jake Pinocchio (17 points) missed the front end of a one-and-one situation, and Carson hustled the ball upcourt. Nolan drove the baseline and scored, tying it at 49.
“I was trying to drive it in and get fouled, and luckily I made it,” Nolan said.
Reno, thanks to Medeiros’ two buckets went on a 6-2 run to open the overtime for a 55-51 lead with 1:42 left. Carson went 0-for-3 from the floor the rest of the game and also turned the ball over once on a charging foul by Barnes, who led Carson with 13 points. Barnes had two good looks and Steele one down the stretch, but couldn’t get the ball to fall.
“They (Carson) missed some key free throws in the fourth quarter,” said Carson grad and Reno coach Kyle Schellin. “I felt lucky to win this one. Bruce (Barnes) did a good job of scouting. They knew what we were trying to do.
“Medeiros has been leading us this year. He has gotten a lot better.”
Besides Barnes, Steele finished with 11 and Ty Keefer had a varsity career high of 10. Two of his five baskets came in the first three minutes of the second half , which enabled Carson to open a 27-20 lead. Three treys by Pinocchio enabled Reno to tie the game at 35 after three, setting the stage for a wild final quarter.
“He’s been working on his inside (game) with our big men,” Barnes said. ” I thought he played like we’ve been expecting him to play.”
RENO 56, CARSON 53
Carson: Barnes 13, Steele 11, Keefer 10, Jensen 8, Nolan 7Carrillo 2, Cooper 2.
Reno: Pinocchio 17, Rooker 9, Medeiros 9, Bush 8, Sala 8, Lujan 3, Johnson 2.