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Reynolds gets within one point in the third quarter before falling to Central Catholic 53-43


by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Reynolds Dakota Ayala looks to get off a pass along the sideline during the teams 53-43 road loss to Central Catholic on Tuesday.The Reynolds boys basketball team put together several runs at the Rams, but could never get over the top during a 53-43 road loss at Central Catholic on Tuesday night.

Trailing 22-16 at the break, Reynolds point guard Cody Starr brought his team back with a series of incredible passes to start the second half. The most impressive display came when he went behind the back and between the legs to beat full-court pressure defense, opening the lane for teammate Somto Aniefuna to convert a three-point play that sliced the margin to a single point.

The Rams responded when Deante Strickland converted a rare four-point play on a deep shot from in front of Central’s bench. The Rams pushed the gap to 36-29 entering the fourth quarter.

The Raiders would get it down to a five-point game with 3:25 to play after Jaylen Edwards split a pair of defenders to reach the front of the rim. A turnover gave Reynolds a chance to make it a one-possession game, but the Raiders put a toe on the baseline to give the ball back to Central.

Strickland closed out the victory by going 7 for 8 (.875) at the free-throw line down the stretch.

Look for expanded game coverage in the Friday, Feb. 14, print edition.

View a photo gallery from the game at …

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