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No. 22 Raiders trounce Deacons again

KLAMATH FALLS — Southern Oregon’s third time around against New Hope looked a lot like the first two, as the 22nd-ranked Raiders booked a 102-45 win over the Deacons on Friday in the Lithia-Oregon Tech Classic at Danny Miles Court.

The difference this time was that the Raiders (6-1 overall) finally discovered their shooting touch. Nine different players connected from deep, they combined to go 12 of 29, and they shot a season-best 56 percent from the field with a 65 percent clip in the first half that led to a 56-20 lead at the break.

Junior forward Tate Hoffman shot 5-of-7 from the field to amass 14 points and four assists, junior forward Jordan Hunt shot 5 of 6 for 12 points, and junior wing Kaj Bansen hit three triples off the bench en route to 11 points.

The Raiders entered the day having made 27 3-pointers on a lowly 25 percent clip through their first four contests. Against the Deacons, they hit at 41 percent.

Teron Bradford helped the cause by making both of his 3s for eight points. Conor Carroll chipped in seven points and five rebounds and Josh Washington had six points, nine boards and two blocks.

The Raiders also out-rebounded the Deacons 54-22.

They can count on a test at 3 p.m. today, facing defending Cal Pac Conference champion Antelope Valley (Calif.) in their final game of the Classic.

Women’s Basketball

ANTELOPE VALLEY 98, SOUTHERN OREGON 83: At Klamath Falls, the 25th-ranked Antelope Valley (Calif.) women’s basketball team led No. 12 Southern Oregon for the final 35 minutes, and a 17-2 second-quarter run gave the Pioneers enough cushion to coast to a nonleague victory Friday in the Lithia-Oregon Tech Classic at Danny Miles Court.

In a rematch of last season’s NAIA Division II National Tournament first-round game, Samantha Earl helped the Pioneers (4-1 overall) get back at the Raiders (2-1) with 28 points. After scoring 20 in the last matchup, she went 11-of-14 from the field and 4-of-7 from 3-point range in leading the Pioneers’ collective 50-percent shooting effort.

When they made their second-quarter move, Earl hit all seven of her attempts, including three 3-pointers. They led 50-32 by halftime.

SOU had won 17 consecutive non-conference regular season games.

Four Raiders scored in double figures: Ariel Augustine (15 points, 5 rebounds), Syd Fryer (12 points, 5 rebounds), Kenadee Honaker (12 points, 5 rebounds) and Dominique Harding (10 points, 5 rebounds). They were doomed by 33 turnovers, however, and shot 38 percent from the field.

Tylen Price added 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists and Alexia Budd had 14 points and seven boards for UAV, the defending Cal Pac Conference champion.

Sophia Altemus totaled nine points and four rebounds for the Raiders.

Men’s Wrestling

SOUTHERN OREGON 28, EASTERN OREGON 17: At La Grande, Max Hane’s pin of Justin Wilson 12 seconds into the heavyweight match clinched Southern Oregon’s win over Eastern Oregon in the “Wagontire” rivalry matchup Friday night at Quinn Coliseum.

SOU (2-1 overall) trailed 18-12 after EOU 174-pounder Drake Randall pinned Elijah Epling, but the Raiders came back with bonus points in the last three weight classes. C.J. McKinnis scored a 9-1 major decision over Marco Retano at 184, Tanner Fischer won by forfeit at 197 pounds and Hane finished the deal with his third consecutive pin in dual action.

EOU (1-4) was also docked a point for unsportsmanlike conduct, accounting for the final score.

Three others helped the Raiders keep pace early with early wins: 18th-ranked Devin Poppen, 13-7 against Ryan Ninman at 133 pounds; third-ranked 149-pounder Chandler Michael, who won by fall in the second round against Kurtis Loftus; and 157-pounder JJ Talavera, a 6-4 winner over Keegan Mulhill.

Michael stayed perfect in dual matches this season.

SOU has won all five matchups with EOU since the Mountaineers revived their program in 2016.

Earlier in the day, the Raiders defeated Umpqua Community College in an exhibition, 35-14. The wins counted toward individual but not team records.

Poppen, Talavera, McKinnis and Fischer each won by fall against the Riverhawks. Cody Stahl (165) picked up a technical fall, while Zac Wigzell (141) and Epling (174) took decisions.

Women’s Wrestling

SOUTHERN OREGON SWEEPS: At La Grande, ten different wrestlers picked up victories as eighth-ranked Southern Oregon defeated Umpqua Community College, 26-20, and Eastern Oregon, 42-0, in the Mountaineer Duals on Friday at Quinn Coliseum.

The Raiders (3-1) took down Umpqua in four of seven matches and made the Mountaineers their first shutout victim in the team’s four-year history.

Against the Riverhawks, Carolina Johnson (109 pounds) got SOU started with a 10-1 victory against Lizzete Ramos-Mujica and three Raiders that followed her won by technical fall. Nevina DeLuca (130) blanked Moira Sheldon, 10-0; Julissa Taitano (136) did the same o Laura Ekada in just 28 seconds; and Taea Regua (191) posted a 10-point advantage with three seconds to go in her match against Sienna Lejeune.

UCC forfeited two weight classes and SOU forfeited one.

Points were scored in nine weight classes against EOU, though the Mountaineers forfeited three of them.

Tara Othman (116), Olivia Pizano (155) and Tristyn Borden (191) all registered pins - Othman against Amber Pair, Pizano against Renay Monohan and Borden against Madisen Bozovich. SOU other three wins were by 10-0 technical fall: Kirra Saunders (123) over Rosa Ramirez, Anesia Ramirez (130) over Krystal Fabricante, and Sienna Ramirez (143) over Dempsi Talkington.

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