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BOYS BASKETBALL: David Douglas slows Reynolds in the second half to pick up a 79-66 win

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - David Douglas Jermaine Robinson drives the baseline against Reynolds Keenan Coleman.

The David Douglas boys basketball team came up with enough plays in the second half to pull away from a pesky Reynolds squad for a 79-66 home win in Friday's Mount Hood Conference opener.

The Scots gained a double-digit lead in the third quarter highlighted when Josiah Collins scooped up a loose ball and sent a deep pass the length of the court. The ball appeared destined to crash into the padding behind the basket, but the speedy Jermaine Robinson chased it down and saved the ball into Trenton Templeton, who was left with an easy finish at the front of the rim.

The teams combined to make their first six shots in the fourth quarter, trading baskets in an exchange that left the Scots up 66-53 after Collins followed up his own miss and converted a three-point play.

David Douglas put the game out of reach when Collins sneaked up from behind and slapped the ball away from the Reynolds dribbler. Collins started the other direction and sent a pass through the lane to feed Robinson for a layup and a 70-54 lead as the clock ticked under five minutes.

"He just wasn't paying attention, and I knew I could steal one," Collins said. "We needed to end the game well."

The biggest cheers of the night were still ahead.

With a comfortable lead down the stretch, David Douglas checked in senior reserve Andrew Muange. He made the most of his time on the floor when Robinson dribbled into the key and collapsed the defense before sending the ball out to Muange, who swished the open 3 prompting the student section to chant his name until the next dead ball.

"It was super fun to see the crowd so excited for him — that was my favorite part of the night," David Douglas coach Chad Reeves said.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - David Douglas Emanuel Muange challenges Reynolds Keenan Coleman in a drive to the hoop in the first half of the Scots 79-66 win Friday night.

The teams opened the game at a torrid pace with every shot seeming to find its way through the net.

Reynolds got 3-pointers from Keenan Coleman and Brandon Buffington on back-to-back possessions, only to see the Scots' Emanuel Muange answer with a pair of deep balls at the other end — the second coming when an errant pass sent him into the corner where he simply collected the ball and fired it at the hoop.

"They were give me a lot of space, so I figured I'd fire it up and see what happens," Muange said.

The Raiders ended the quarter with a 29-28 lead after Coleman beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer from the left side. The teams combined to hit 14 shots behind the arc in the quarter.

David Douglas regained the lead for good 38-36 early in the second quarter when Emanuel Muange, after draining five 3s early in the game, paused at the arc then drove past two green shirts for a layup.

The Scots held for the final shot of the first half and cashed it in when Robinson beat his defender into the lane, then extended the ball past another Reynolds player and flipped it over the front of the rim for a 46-39 halftime lead.

"We were executing our plays well the whole game, and we kept getting open looks," Robinson said. "Once we had that lead, we just had to play defense — that's what wins games."

Robinson finished with a game-high 27 points — all but two of his buckets coming in the first half.

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This story is slated for our Tuesday, Jan. 14, print edition.

— - MHC basketball

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