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Raiders boys sneak past Huskies in overtime
by Nathan Shoup
Dec 19, 2013 | 890 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Reed boys basketball team overcame a hot Huskies’ start, and 11-of-20 shooting from the charity stripe, Thursday night at Reno to hang on for a, 50-48, High Desert League overtime win.

The Raiders improved to 4-2, 2-0 in league games with the win. Reno fell to 5-5 overall, 1-1 in league meetings.

“Everybody contributed so it was a great team effort,” Reed coach Dustin Hall said. “It wasn’t pretty but it was gutsy.”

After getting a stop on Reno’s first possession of overtime, Reed’s Cody DeHaan (seven points) hauled in an offensive rebound and connected on the only field goal of the overtime period.

Reno’s Jacob Rolling (12 points) hit 1-of-2 free throws on the Huskies’ ensuing possession but it proved to be the home squad’s only point of the overtime period. Reed hit just 1-of-4 free throws in the final minute of overtime to take a 50-48 lead before Rolling’s potential game-winning 3-pointer bounced high off the iron and out of the cylinder.

The game was sent to overtime after Reed’s Jamel Ramos’ potential game-winning three was blocked as time expired. Connor Bush (eight points) tied the game on Reno’s prior possession, hitting a pair of free throws with 5.9 seconds remaining.

Ramos’ would-be winner was one of the few that didn’t find the bottom of the net as the shifty guard led all scorers with 22 points, 12 from behind the arc.

“Jamel hit big shots again. That’s who he is,” Hall said. “He wants the moment. He wants it in his hands and I can’t argue with that because he is going to make more than he’s going to miss and I’m glad he’s on my team.”

Ramos beat the buzzer with a long two at the end of the first half to close the nearly half-long deficit to 23-20. Reno’s Jeremy Peterson (11 points) scored eight points in the opening minutes to put the Huskies in front 10-2. The Raiders responded with a 9-0 run to take their first lead of the game.

“That was real big,” Hall said. “We tend to take these lapses on offense and defense the last week. That really killed us, so it kind of was like ‘here we go again,’ but the guys responded right away.”

Reno responded with a 13-7 run over the second quarter to grab a 23-18 lead before Ramos’ buzzer beater at the end of the half.

Kyle Mahaffey led Reno with 13 points.

In his first full game after spending most of the early season ineligible for a limited number of practices, Trae Wells was Reed’s second-highest scorer with nine points.

After falling behind 12-11 late in the first quarter, Reno switched from man defense, to zone, which has given Reed problems early in the season. Reed’s Devin Herbert hit a three at the end of the first quarter before the Raiders managed just six second-quarter points – their lowest scoring quarter of the night.

“We were a little bit more efficient but we still are taking bad shots,” Hall said. “We still feel like there is a shot clock for whatever reason and it’s first-look shots. When we are patient, we can get some reversals. We got some good looks inside but we've got a long way to go.”

The Raiders hop back onto the hardwood Friday at 7 p.m., playing host to Hug (1-6, 0-2 in league games).

“It feels good and we are going to enjoy it (the win) for about an hour,” Hall said. “We are going to get up tomorrow, we are going to watch film on Hug and we are going to get on the court and prepare for Hug. Win or lose, you've got to prepare for the next one.”

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