The Reed boys started the season on a three-game skid. Now five games in, the Raiders are riding their first winning streak of the season.
Reed’s offense exploded in a 90-50 win at Sparks on Wednesday night in both team’s Rail City Classic opener.
“We’re clicking. We’re starting to get better. That’s the most important thing,” Reed coach Zach Sanford said. “Two wins, one tomorrow could get us back to .500 but as long as we’re getting better, that’s the big thing.”
The Raiders improved to 2-3 after topping North Tahoe on Saturday in their final game of the Wild West Shootout at Bishop Manogue. Sparks, playing for the first time since opening the season on Nov. 28 with a 56-54 win over Wooster, dropped to 1-1.
Reed’s Jeremy Ramos continued to shoot at a big rim, finishing with a game-high 33 points. He’s averaging 28 points per game over his last three.
“He’s shooting the basketball into Lake Tahoe right now,” Sanford said. “He’s being aggressive. He’s leading the team and that’s what we expected him to do.”
It wasn’t just the Ramos show, though. Lincoln Turner went for 21, Mathew Williams finished with 14 and Marianos Kalderimoglou chipped in 11.
“We changed our mentality a little bit and tried to be the aggressor and that’s what we have to do,” Sanford said. “Playing on the road in the home gym, we have to be the one to throw the first punch.”
The two Rail City squads were in a 6-2 dog fight midway through the first quarter before the Raiders closed on an 11-2 run, taking a 17-4 lead to the second. Ramos accounted for seven of the points in the burst.
Reed methodically built the lead to 40-20 at the half.
The lead grew to 40, the running-clock mercy rule, with 1:48 left on a Turner triple.
John Anguiano led the Railroaders with 11.
Reed advanced in the winner’s bracket and will play Galena (6-0) on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at Sparks
Sparks fell into the consolation bracket and will host Yerington (6-1) on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.