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Reed boys shoot down Hug
by Dan Eckles
Dec 20, 2013 | 1205 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed point guard Jamel Ramos (with ball) handles the defensive pressure of Hug's Masaki Nakayama during the Raiders' win Friday night.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed point guard Jamel Ramos (with ball) handles the defensive pressure of Hug's Masaki Nakayama during the Raiders' win Friday night.
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed senior Jack Kuchler (in white) battles for rebounding position against Hug's Devin Porter during first-half action of Friday's conference clash between the two schools.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed senior Jack Kuchler (in white) battles for rebounding position against Hug's Devin Porter during first-half action of Friday's conference clash between the two schools.
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The Reed boys basketball team kept its league record unblemished. The Raiders picked up their third league win in as many chances after downing Hug 57-41 Friday night.

Reed improved to 6-2 overall and gets the better part of a week off before it returns to the hardwood Thursday when it plays in Las Vegas High's holiday tournament Dec. 26-30. Reed opens the tourney against Lathrop High of Fairbanks, Alaska.

On Friday, the hot shooting of point guard Jamel Ramos keyed Reed's attack early. The junior sharpshooter buried a trio of treys in the first half as the Raiders jumped out to a 22-9 advantage after one quarter of action.

Ramos finished with five bombs from beyond the arc and a game-high 19 points.

"We'll take any league win we can get," Reed coach Dustin Hall said. "I don't think we played our best basketball and I don't think Hug played its best basketball. It's league basketball in December. It was a little sloppy. Both teams played hard. We made some shots from the perimeter. We just really struggled inside to finish."

Hug outscored Reed in the second quarter, 12-10, but couldn't cut much into the Raiders' lead. The RHS gang still led by 11, 32-21 at the intermission.

Reed got its offense cranked back up again in the third quarter. Grayson Young buried two 3-pointers and Ramos added another in the third period as Reed bounced back from its 10-point production in the second quarter by posting 19 points in the third period.

Hug trailed by 16, 51-35, going into the fourth quarter.

"The biggest difference in the game was they out-rebounded us," Hug coach Keith Crawford said. "They also made some big hustle plays in the end. The 3-point shots they made were huge, especially because of the times when they hit them."

The Raiders' offense hit another dry spell in the fourth quarter. Reed did not score through the initial six minutes of the fourth quarter. Luckily for the Raiders, their defense didn't disappear too. Hug managed just six points during Reed's drought.

The visiting Hawks (1-7, 0-3) got as close as 51-41 with two minutes to go in the contest, but that's as good as it got for the guests. Reed's Devin Herbert got a putback and Trae Wells made a pair of runners in the lane as Reed scored the final six points of the night to account for the final 16-point margin.

"We shot the ball pretty well from the outside," Hall said. "Jamel had five threes and we had some guys come off the bench and hit some big threes. We played well in spurts. We just were not consistent."

Wells chipped in 12 points toward the Raiders' winning cause.

Octavion Corley was the lone Hawks player to post double digits. The 6-foot 8-inch sophomore post had 10 points in the loss.

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