By Bill Tamburrino
The Coach David Reichner era began in the Dawg House against Lynwood High School. The Bulldogs battled but fell to the Knights 77-65.
Lynwood (1-0) got off to a fast start and led by 8 early, but the Dawgs stormed back to take a 19-17 lead after 8 minutes. The Knights used their quickness and constant pressure to take a 42-39 lead into intermission.
The two teams played close in the second half, but the Knights took advantage of 29 turnovers and several missed shots in the paint to lead by 7 going into the final quarter. Ramona closed the gap to within 6 twice but could not overtake the Knights.
“Twenty-nine turnovers was the key statistic in the game,” said Reichner. “The kids played well and with confidence. We had our chances, but we got sloppy. We want to win those types of games. We don’t want to play good teams close and be content. We want to win.
“There were several positives and we have something to build upon. We won’t see that kind of quickness very often. Facing a team like that will help us down the road. I was pleased with the team’s attitude and hustle. This team could do some very good things.”
Jonathan Schirer led the Dawgs with 15 points and grabbed six boards. Dylan Fieger played well on defense and had four steals to go along with his 14 points.
Travis Stevens played a solid game as he scored 12 points and led the team with eight rebounds. Zach White (2), Garlan Marshall (4), Ryan Heiar (5), Chris Durham (7), Jordan Farhat (4) and Matt Lawler (2) also scored as Coach Reichner substituted freely to keep his players fresh to keep up with the speed, quickness and tempo of the Knights.
The Dawgs will return to the Dawg House on Monday to take on the Knights of Foothill High School
at 7 p.m.