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Raiders run away from Wooster in boys hoops
by Damian Tromerhauser
Dec 18, 2012 | 2610 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela - Reed's Alonzo Vega eyes the basket after driving hard to the bucket against Wooster Tuesday night.
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela - Reed's Alonzo Vega eyes the basket after driving hard to the bucket against Wooster Tuesday night.
Through the first month of the prep season, the Reed boys basketball team has been looking to find its groove on the offensive side of the ball. Visiting Wooster on Tuesday night, the Raiders seemed to settle into their rhythm as they put together their most complete game of the season.

Four players finished in double figures in scoring on the night for Reed as the Raiders raced up and down the court past the Colts en route to a 76-48 victory in the Division I North crossover matchup.

“Offensively, it was absolutely the best all-round performance that we’ve had this season,” Reed coach Dustin Hall said. “Especially in the second half, we really started finding open guys and guys just started making plays and knocking down some shots. So offensively, it was the best we have played as a team. Defensively, we still have a lot of stuff that we have to clean up so we’re still looking for our best performance on that side of the ball. We played better on defense though.”

Following eight minutes of play that saw both sides start the game slowly en route to a 10-10 tie, Reed (3-4 overall, 2-2 High Desert League) stepped on the gas pedal in the second quarter and never looked back.

To start the second quarter, Reed’s Trae Wells stole the ball away from the Colts, kicked the ball out to Ty Shepard who relayed it to Deyraun Stamps for a quick two points. The fast break would be a sign of the tempo the rest of the way as Reed went into a full-court press and disrupted the Colts' offense. The Raiders used the bucket to jump start an 11-2 run and grab a 21-12 lead at the 4:32 mark of the second.

“The press was key,” Hall said of the momentum swing in the game. “A couple of guys came off the bench and really gave us energy in our full-court. We got some tips and got out in transition and finished in transition. That was good to see because we do spend a lot of time on our transition offense. So it was good to see that because the energy out of the press tonight really jump started us.”

Wooster cut the deficit down to 25-18 with 2:31 to play until halftime, but the Blue and Gold went back to running the floor to cushion its lead before the intermission.

Reed guard Kenny Malizia got the Raiders back on track, stealing a Colts’ inbound pass and sending it to an open Jon Stacy for an easy two. That sparked an 8-2 run over the final two minutes of the first half to leave the Raiders up 33-20.

Out of the break, the Raiders continued to extend their lead, scoring eight of the first 11 points of the third quarter to take a 41-23 edge with 6:13 to play in the third.

A quick 11-2 Wooster run momentarily tightened things at 43-31, but the visitors scored three fast buckets to make the gap 49-31. At the end of the third, Reed held a 54-37 advantage. The Raiders made sure there was no miracle for the Colts in the fourth as they outscored the hosts 22-11 in the final eight minutes for the decisive win.

“We had much better ball movement,” Hall said of the offensive performance from his team. “Guys are starting to get a little more comfortable with each other chemistry wise. They’re starting to get in sync a little bit more rather than just running around through our sets. They’re thinking and the spacing is better. It was 100 percent better as far as spacing and ball movement.”

Wells led the Raiders’ effort with a game-high 20 points. Stacy chipped in with 17 points, followed by 15 from Alonzo Vega. Stamps also finished the night with 12 points.

Reed will now take part in the Rail City Classic at Sparks High, tipping-off today against Incline at 3 p.m.

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