Trailing by five points, the Reno High boys didn’t blink.
The Huskies simply got to work, going on a 15-0 run over the third and fourth quarters to take control and beat Bishop Manogue 71-63, in boys basketball Friday at Manogue.
Mike Heydon scored 19 points and Drew Rippingham added 18 as the Huskies improved to 5-1 in league, 10-5 overall.
Neither team could build more than a 5-point lead. Manogue led 33-32 at halftime, then got ahead 46-41 with 1 minute 30 seconds left in the third quarter. That’s when the Huskies got some key stops and forced turnovers and built a 56-46 lead with 5:54 remaining.
“They’re very good. They played a really, really good preseason schedule. They’re going to be there at the end,” Reno coach Matt Ochs said of the Miners. “So it’s fortunate to get the win.”
Heydon said the Huskies played as a team, and that led to the win.
“The difference tonight was our team cohesiveness. Everybody played together. Everybody showed up. We showed where we needed to,” Heydon said. “We kept our composure the whole game.”
Aidan Cantwell led the Miners with 18 points, Brevon Bansuelo added 17 and Johnny Reilly had 16 as the Miners fell to 3-2 in league, 7-6 overall.
Turnovers were the big difference. The Huskies disrupted any plans the Miners had to pass the ball.
“Our youth really showed. Our inexperience, youth. They played really inexperienced basketball in the second half. They got a little shocked and got caught up in all the wrong things,” Manogue coach Ralph Fields said. “I think we’re still going to rebound. They’re going to be fine but these are great lessons right now.”
He said the Miners have not faced too many challenges so far and did not handle the big-game atmosphere well.
“It was educational more than anything,” Fields said. “Our young guys, they struggled with the level of competition, and they’re getting better at it, but then they have these dips. It’s just going to take a little while for everyone to get comfortable.”
Teams begin play in their respective leagues next week. Manogue hosts Galena in a Sierra League game and Reno hosts North Valleys on Tuesday in a High Desert League game.
In other games Friday, Spanish Springs beat Galena, 58-52, Reed beat Wooster, 71-61, Carson beat McQueen, 53-40, Douglas beat Hug, 79-53, Damonte Ranch beat North Valleys, 76-71 and Sparks beat Dayton, 55-54.