Raiders rally to win opener over Glencoe
6A BOYS HOOPS
|Glencoe Crimson Tide|
TROUTDALE — The Reynolds boys basketball team put on a furious fourth-quarter finish to overtake Glencoe 61-49 in Wednesday's season opener.
Jamarkus Taylor came off the bench and gave the Raiders a spark to erase and 10-point third quarter deficit. His presence was immediate, pulling down an offensive board that ended up with the ball in Keenan Coleman's hands for a 3-pointer from the top of the arc. On the next trip down the floor, he grabbed another rebound and went up himself for two points.
His aggressive play on the boards shut down Glencoe's attack, holding the Crimson Tide to three made baskets over the game's final 10 minutes.
"That's why I work hard in practice and come to zero period before school," Taylor said. "If you hype me, I'm going to keep it going."
Dominique Miller hesitated on a 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter, but when his defender didn't close the gap, he swished the long ball from the right side. Moments later, Matthew Deleon beat his defender along the baseline. His layup trickled off the rim, but Taylor was in position for the follow up to bring the score even with 6:17 to play.
Dominique Miller knocked down a pair of free throws to put the Raiders ahead for good, then came up with the highlight play of the fourth quarter when he deflected a pass, tip-toed the sideline and swatted the ball ahead. Sterling Bell took it off the bounce and passed ahead to Cam Mager for an uncontested layup.
"I was looking one man away on defense and saw the pass coming. I was able to get there and make the play," Miller said. "I play football, so I'm used to keeping my balance down the sideline."
Kehdon Fletcher knocked down a 3 that brought players off the Raiders' bench to celebrate, and Bell drove through the lane for a three-point play.
Reynolds had a double-digit lead, and Glencoe had yet to score five minutes into the fourth quarter.
"Coach (Ted Aubin) told us to calm down and things just clicked," Miller said. "We were better on 'D', and our offense was running smoother."
Reynolds went 4-for-7 (.571) from the free-throw line in the final minute, but the clincher came when the Raiders forced turnovers on back-to-back possessions.
Reynolds (1-0) plays at Aloha at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Glencoe scored the first eight points, prompting Reynolds to spend a timeout less than two minutes into the game.
The Raiders responded with Miller popping loose a steal outside the arc. Unable to find a path to the rim, he passed the ball back out top to Mager who swished a 3 that gave Reynolds its first lead at 16-15.
Mager sank his first three long balls of the game on his way to a game-high 19 points.
"I was getting open in transition," Mager said. "It's something I've worked hard on in practice, so it was nice to get that pay off."
The Raiders maintained a slim lead into halftime when Fletcher slapped a ball loose that ended up in Miller's hands for a fast-break layup.
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GLENCOE 15 13 17 4 — 49
REYNOLDS 16 15 9 21 — 61
Glencoe (49) — Michael Janeway 12, Dylan Walter 10, Zachary Cox 8, Nathaniel Takle 8, Bryce Fornshell 3, Korben Schaumburg 2, Kip Ochoa 2, Lincoln King 1, Camren Womack 2, Low, Landaker.
Reynolds (61) — Cam Mager 19, Dominique Miller 12, Sterling Bell 11, Kehdon Fletcher 7, Keenan Coleman 6, Jamarkus Taylor 6, Martinez, DeLeon, Stewart.
This story appears in our Friday, Nov. 30, print edition.