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Boys basketball: Galena rallies past Reed to open Div. I North regional (watch video)


12:00 AM, Feb. 13, 2013 EST

Caleb Wood took over games this year, eclipsed 30 points more than once and left opposing coaches marveling at his shot-making ability.

But the Galena senior had yet to do any of that when it mattered most: In the playoffs. Until Tuesday.

Wood shook off two early charging calls against him and never left the floor in scoring 31 points and leading the Grizzlies to a 64-60 come-from-behind victory over visiting Reed in what was the blowout of the Division I North regional first round.

"I love this environment and playing in high-intensity moments," Wood said. "I just thought to myself, 'I'm not going to let my team lose.' So I sort of took over the game. ... I realized my team needed me and played to the best of my abilities."

The only time Wood cracked a smile after the opening tip was when asked what it was like when almost every shot goes in.

"It's really fun. I love that," he said. "We hadn't won a playoff game in a few years. This means a lot to everyone on this team."

Galena, whose last playoff victory was with Luke Babbitt in 2008, will meet Hug in Thursday's 7 p.m. semifinal at Carson after the Hawks eked out a two-point win over Damonte Ranch. Carson and McQueen will meet in the other semifinal at 5 p.m.

"That's unbelievable," Galena coach Brian Voyles said of all four games being decided in the final five seconds. "But that's the way the playoffs are supposed to be. If you don't bring your 'A' game, you're going to get beat, because anyone else's 'A' game is better than everyone else's 'B' game."

It did not appear early on that Galena was going to win at all, let alone in dramatic fashion, as the Raiders bolted to a 10-point halftime lead they upped to 13 one possession into the third quarter.

That is when Wood took over -- because he'd only semi-done so in scoring 12 points in the first half.

Galena (24-5) in less than five minutes erased its deficit as Wood registered 12 points in the third quarter. The Grizzlies took their first lead with 24 seconds left in the period.

"It's no secret Caleb is their guy and a great player," said Reed coach Dustin Hall, who had his players double-teaming Wood 40 feet from the basket early in the fourth. "We did a good job against him in the first half. In the second half, we got a little lazy a couple times, missed a couple of assignments and he made us pay.

"We didn't play great by our standards but gave ourselves a chance and just couldn't get the couple of stops we needed."

The Raiders (15-11), who were led by Trae Wells' 22 points, didn't crumble after their lead evaporated and went up 57-52 on a Devin Herbert 3-pointer with 2:20 to go.

But Wood nailed a 3 19 seconds later on an offensive rebound off a missed free throw and then regained the lead for Galena on a pull-up jumper with 1:30 to play.

"He's been building these moments up," Voyles said. "He was ready for this moment because he's been doing this the last couple weeks. And we needed him to do what he did on offense."

Max Erickson, who also played the whole game, added 13 points and EJ Poulsen had 12 for Galena, which is in search of its first region title since 2007.

 

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Boys Basketball

Rank School Record
1 Elko High School
Elko, NV
9-1-0
2 Lowry High School
Winnemucca, NV
19-2-0
3 Edward C Reed High School
Sparks, NV
21-6-0
4 Galena High School
Reno, NV
7-6-0
5 Reno High School
Reno, NV
10-6-0

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