Action photos from the Galena vs Bishop Manogue boys basketball game at Reno High School on Jan. 13, 2015.
The race just got a little tighter.
A pesky Bishop Manogue boys basketball team rallied from a 10-point deficit to take down Galena, 51-49 in front of a packed gym in a Division I Sierra League game Tuesday at Galena.
Manogue tied the game at 49 with 1 minute, 57 seconds left to play. The Miners put together some deft passing, for the next 1:55 until senior Zack Teats found himself slightly open at the top of the key. He calmly drained the jumper to give Manogue the lead.
Galena missed a short jumper as time ran out and Manogue fans flooded the court.
“We got a few steals there at the end that really put us in that position in the first place,” Teats said. “In that last 2 minutes, everything really came together. We really executed.”
He said the Miners focused on playing more aggressive defense in the second half.
He said beating Galena is a big milestone for the Miners.
“It’s pretty special. We’ve heard a lot about Galena, and we’ve had our struggles the past couple of years, so we just wanted a chance to really and prove ourselves and show ourselves in the north,” he said.
Derek Novsek led Manogue with 23 points, 14 in the second half. Teats finished with seven points as Manogue improved to 4-0 in league, 12-3 overall.
Zack Lessinger led Galena with 14 points, Josiah Wood had 13 and Dillon Voyles had 10 as the Grizzlies fell to 5-2, 13-5.
The first half was almost all Galena as the Grizzlies led 16-5 after the first quarter and 30-22 at the half. Galena managed just 19 points in the second half, and it was tied at 40 after the third quarter. The Grizzlies then built a 46-40 lead to open the fourth quarter.
“Our defense tightened up as the game went on,” Manogue coach Ralph Fields said. “What we did well (Tuesday), it doesn’t mean that it will always work.”
Manogue stayed with various versions of its full-court, stifling press, and Galena was forced into several turnovers and charging calls.
“Our turnovers, plus those offensive fouls, those were huge, to give them eight or nine more possessions,” Galena coach Brian Voyles said. “I’m real proud of the kids and how hard they played. We’ve got add some pieces. We’ve got add a piece on ball control, ball possession. Add that to our plate. We’ve got to adjust to refereeing.”
Galena is at Douglas on Friday and Manogue hosts Damonte Ranch.
BISHOP MANOGUE 51, GALENA 49
KEY PLAY: Zack Teats hit a shirt jumper with 2.8 seconds left to give Manogue a 2-point lead.
KEY PLAYER: Manogue’s Derek Novsek led all scorers with 23 points, 14 in the second half.
UP NEXT: Galena is at Douglas on Friday and Manogue hosts Damonte Ranch.