WINSTON — Douglas fended off a South Umpqua rally early in the fourth quarter, sinking eight free throws down the stretch to notch a 64-54 victory on Friday night in the Far West League boys basketball opener.
Junior guard Erich Hoque scored a career-high 19 points for the Trojans (4-8, 1-0), 12 coming in the first half. Braeden Edwards added 14 points off the bench.
“It’s great to start the (league) season off 1-0 against a rival,” Hoque said. “It was good to be up for most of the game and play with confidence. Great team effort. This definitely gives us a lot of confidence going into our next game.”
Douglas used an 18-6 run in the final 6:07 of the second quarter to take a 10-point halftime advantage at 41-31.
But the Lancers (1-13, 0-1) refused to go away, cutting the deficit to 50-49 on a 3-point field goal by Azpyn Roberts with 5:46 left in the fourth quarter.
But Douglas responded with eight straight points — including a pair of baskets by Edwards — to regain control with 1:50 remaining.
“I’m really proud of the guys,” Douglas coach Josh Heacock said. “We worked all week preparing for South Umpqua and what we wanted to do offensively. We came out in the first half and executed very well. I think that (41 points) was a season high for us (in the first half).
“South Umpqua came back and battled defensively, but we sealed the deal with free throws and got a good win tonight.”
Bradley Chapman chipped in eight points, Trent Avery had seven, Austin West and Alonzo Silvaz contributed six apiece and Andy Schofield had four for the Trojans.
It was sweet payback for Douglas, which lost 59-43 to S.U. at the Bandon Dunes Holiday Invitational on Dec. 21.
“We made our shots, we executed,” Hoque said. “They were playing a soft 2-3 zone last time and we just couldn’t make our shots.”
Hoque warmed up Friday.
“The last week or two (Erich) has been very aggressive offensively,” Heacock said. “Last year he told me he was a playmaker. He’s been focusing on getting to the rack. Tonight he just erupted and knocked down a lot of great jump shots for us.”
“Erich Hoque played out of his mind tonight compared to how they played at Bandon,” S.U. coach Brett Nixon said. “I knew he had an off-night over there, but he made up for it tonight. They played well as a team, passing the ball.”
Silvaz, a senior, provided several hustle plays, leading to extra possessions and baskets for teammates before fouling out.
“We definitely feed off Alonzo,” Heacock said. “He brings energy, and brings a focus defensively. He’s always going to have four or five fouls, but we like that because he gets a lot of loose balls and steals.”
Sophomore guard Zack Wilson had a solid game for South Umpqua, finishing with a career-high 18 points. Roberts had 13 points and Matt Lee contributed eight.
“We had a talk before the game, just trying to get Zack to be more aggressive,” Nixon said. “He’s got to be my leader on the floor and he did that tonight.”
The Trojans outscored S.U. by 19 at the free-throw line, going 24 of 34.
Douglas resumes league play at home Tuesday against Brookings, while South Umpqua will host St. Mary’s.
SOUTH UMPQUA (54) — Zack Wilson 18, E. Wilson 3, Johnson, Thatcher 6, Lamm, Chung, Deister 2, Lee 8, Roberts 13, Jaynes 4. Totals 22 5-10 54.
DOUGLAS (64) — Erich Hoque 19, Chapman 8, Silvaz 6, Edwards 14, Avery 7, West 6, Fowler, Schofield 4. Totals 19 24-34 64.
S. Umpqua 18 13 13 10 — 54
Douglas 19 22 9 14 — 64
3-Point Goals — S.U. 5 (Lee 2, Roberts, Z. Wilson, E. Wilson), Dou. 2 (Edwards, Avery). Total Fouls — S.U. 24, Dou. 13. Fouled Out — Thatcher, Jaynes, Silvaz. Technical Foul — Thatcher.
JV Score — Douglas 49, South Umpqua 35.