Reed fell victim to a bad third quarter Friday night and it lost to Reno 72-57 at home in a High Desert League clash.
It looked like the Raiders would fall behind early. Reno went ahead 13-6 in the middle of the first quarter but Reed responded by ending the opening period on a 7-0 run to tie the score at 13 all.
The Reed hoopsters took the lead, 15-13, on a jumper by sophomore guard Ty Shepard early in the second quarter. Then, with just under five minutes left in the second, Shepard completed a 3-point play to widen the lead at 18-15.
The Huskies responded by running off eight straight points to take the lead, 22-18, with 3:37 left in the half. The guests kept the lead and the score was 28-25 at intermission.
The third quarter was a different story. Reno roared out of the half on a 13-0 run, helped along by turnovers and bad shots by Reed’s shooters. The Raiders didn’t score until the 2:15 mark when junior guard Dylan McKenzie drained a shot from beyond the arc. Reed managed only six points in the third compared to 19 points for the Huskies.
Reed’s junior guard Kyle Ross began the fourth quarter by completing a 3-point play after being fouled on a spin move to the basket.
The final quarter was completely different from the rest of the game.
It turned into a track meet with both teams scoring bucket after bucket in transition, beginning at the 5:54 mark of the fourth. The boys from Reed got the crowd excited when it managed an 8-0 run to get within five points at 60-55 with 2:48 to go.
Unfortunately, the Raiders failed to score another point as the rally fell flat. Reno went on to win with a 10-0 run to put the game out of reach.
“We played well in the first half, “ said Dustin Hall, Reed’s head coach. “We battled hard, we had the tempo we wanted, rebounded the ball, and took care of the ball. But in the second half, we came out sloppy with the ball, came out flat and dug ourselves a bit of a hole.”
The effort is there but the execution is lacking.”
A positive that could be taken away from the game for Reed is that Reno’s Luke Madeiros, who scored 25 points the last time these two teams met, was held to only eight points. Hall said that his team did a good job of keeping him off the glass this time around.
David Abittan led Reno with 17 points. Robert Lujan followed with 10 points and Madeiros chipped in with his eight.
McKenzie paced Reed with 15 points and Shepard followed with 14.
The Raiders fell to 6-11 overall and 3-7 in league play with the loss and will visit Damonte Ranch on Tuesday in a Northern 4A crossover league game. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.