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BOYS BASKETBALL: Crater puts squeeze on Springfield

CENTRAL POINT — Sixth-ranked Crater kept the baskets by visiting Springfield few and far between Friday night in posting a 54-40 Midwestern League boys basketball victory.

Crater’s 6-foot-10 sophomore Nate Bittle provided a formidable force in the middle and the Comets were active overall in forcing deliberate series on offense by the Millers at Crater High.

“Our defense was really good,” said Crater coach Chris Schmerbach, whose team allowed 40 points or fewer for the fourth straight game. “Nate’s ability to take away the paint, especially early on, was big and Jayden (Vranes) was really active in passing lanes and getting deflections. We just did a real nice job both in our man and in our zone.”

Bittle totaled 26 points, five blocks, 10 rebounds and two assists for another big showing for the Comets (10-4, 4-1 MWL), while Vranes managed nine points, three assists, four rebounds and three steals in his second game back from a wrist injury.

Nathan Horton and Hunter Chubb each added five points, and Kruger Edwards had four rebounds.

Crater led 13-4 after one quarter and by as many as 18 points in the third quarter against Springfield (6-6, 2-3), which saw Zach Brown score all 21 of his points in the final three quarters.

SPRINGFIELD (40): Hill 3, Smallwood 0, Pederson 0, Carrillo 0, Sorber 7, Grousbeck 0, Jones 0, Sharr 1, Reininger 0, Vega 0, Smith 8, Brown 21. Totals: 13 11-12 40.

CRATER (54): Vranes 9, Ray 2, Horton 5, Jaasko 0, Chubb 5, Eaton 2, Lacey 0, Fliegel 0, Edwards 2, Johnson 0, Bittle 26, Dance 3. Totals: 18 12-15 54.

Springfield4121410— 40

Crater13141611— 54

3-point goals — Springfield 3 (Hill 1, Sorber 1, Brown 1), Crater 6 (Bittle 3, Horton 1, Chbb 1, Dance 1).

ROSEBURG 69, SOUTH MEDFORD 50: At Roseburg, South Medford junior Ben Harmon scored a career-high 30 points but the depleted Panthers couldn’t keep pace with Roseburg in the nonconference tilt.

Harmon was 11-for-20 from the field and 5-for-8 from the free-throw line for South Medford (1-13), which played without Sherman Hunter (concussion), Trent DeBoer (ankle), Junior Sleezer (ankle) and Peyton Shepard (illness).

Senior guard Collin Warmouth paced Roseburg (10-3) with 38 points.

SOUTH MEDFORD (50): Parnell 0, Patterson 2, Bottero 4, Smith 0, Gaut 1, Harmon 30, Pannell 2, Losinski 7, Townley 2, Dye 0, Ramsay 2. Totals: 17 11-16 50.

ROSEBURG (69): Black 2, Seely 9, Warmouth 38, Lake 6, Adams 2, Martin 0, Ellis 12, Avilez 0. Totals: 23 21-29 69.

South Medford1082012— 50

Roseburg15122121— 69

3-point goals — South Medford 5 (Bottero 1, Harmon 3, Losinki 1), Roseburg 2 (Lake 1, Ellis 1). Fouled out — Lake.

JV result — Roseburg won.

SOUTH EUGENE 67, GRANTS PASS 66: At Grants Pass, South Eugene eked out the nonleague victory behind 18 points from Aiden Clark and a 21-point fourth quarter.

Grants Pass (4-9) got 26 points from Taylor Anderson, who made three 3-pointers, and 12 from Skyler Rich.

South Eugene is 11-3 overall.

SOUTH EUGENE (67): Edwards 2, Berryman 8, Harris 7, Clark 18, McAninch 17, Nelson 0, Paul 15. Totals 30 4-12 67.

GRANTS PASS (66): Rich 12, Lopez 5, Law 3, Coyle 2, Anderson 26, Maravilla 2, Lackey 4, Clark 7, Bellum 5. Totals: 25 9-16 66.

South Eugene18141421— 67

Grants Pass19221015— 66

3-point goals — South Eugene 3 (Berryman 2, Harris 1), Grants Pass 7 (Rich 1, Law 1, Anderson 3, Clark 1, Bellum 1. Fouled out — McAninch.

NORTH BEND 58, ASHLAND 44: At Ashland, Jayden Frank scored 24 of his 34 points in the first half to lead North Bend.

Frank helped North Bend (6-5, 2-4 MWL) build a 37-27 halftime lead.

Ashland’s Gabe Ekwall scored 11 points, while junior guard Anthony Smith had 10.

Ekwall and Lowell Saulsbury — who had nine points in the loss — each hit three of the Grizzlies’ eight 3-pointers.

NORTH BEND (58): G. Mateski 8, Messner 3, Frank 34, Simmons 5, Martin 4, Byers 0, Lynn 4, Christiansen 0, Porter 0. Totals: 21 9-12 58.

ASHLAND (44): Smith 10, Wallner-Sentle 4, Ekwall 11, Sanford 1, Saulsbury 9, Sayre 3, Carter 2, Desmond 4, Barnes 0, Lapierre 0. Totals: 16 4-7 44.

North Bend2017147— 58

Ashland1512134— 44

3-point goals — North Bend 7 (G. Mateski 1, Messner 1, Frank 4, Simmons 1), Ashland 8 (Wallner-Sentle 1, Ekwall 3, Saulsbury 3, Sayre 1); Fouled out — Desmond.

JV score — North Bend 45, Ashland 42.

THURSTON 73, EAGLE POINT 43: At Springfield, Mason Miller scored 22 points and Isaac Lange 15 as Thurston dominated the MWL game.

The Colts (11-3, 4-2 MWL) held Eagle Point (2-11, 0-6) to 14 points in the first half, including three in the opening quarter.

The Eagles were led by Quinton Gelbrich, who scored 14 points.

EAGLE POINT (43): Kendrick 4, Chaparro 4, Shaffer 2, McGarrell 3, Neyt 1, Gelbrich 14, Esquibel 2, Bradd 3, Gorman 2, Rodriguez 0, Aguilar 0, McHugh 0. Totals: 19 2-2 43.

THURSTON (73): Casley 3, Crist 2, Bryant 10, Alonzo 6, White 8, Lange 15, Miller 22, Starck 5, Muggy 0, Deller 0, Beagle 0, Stranieri 0. Totals: 29 11-12 73.

Eagle Point3111613— 43

Thurston19241911— 73

3-point goals — Eagle Point 5 (McGarrell 1, Neyt 1, Gelbrich 2, Bradd 1), Thurston 2 (Casley 1, Lange 1).

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 53, SOUTH UMPQUA 39: Layne Collom’s 14 points paved the way for host Cascade Christian’s first Far West League victory.

The Challengers (3-13, 1-1 FWL), who used their defensive pressure to create turnovers and opportunities in transition, received 11 points from Donminic Lewis, nine from Levi Sciapiti and eight from Kiegan Schaan.

SOUTH UMPQUA (39): E. Wilson 0, Johnson 3, Thatcher 1, Lamm 2, Chung 0, Z. Wilson 6, Deister 0, Lee 9, Roberts 11, Jaynes 7. Totals: 14 6-13 53.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (53): Reece 2, Sciapiti 9, Schaan 8, Coppedge 1, Lewis 11, Collom 14, Sample 2, Spurlock 6, Brehm 0, Flenner 0. Totals: 18 13-22.

South Umpqua116139— 39

Cascade Christian18111113— 53

3-point goals — South Umpqua 5 (Johnson 1, Z. Wilson 1, Lee 3), Cascade Christian 4 (Schaan 1, Lewis 2, Collom 1).

JV result — Cascade Christian won.

ST. MARY’S 78, DOUGLAS 53: St. Mary’s had one of its best games, shooting 57 percent, forcing 21 turnovers and only committing three itself in the second half of the home Far West League game.

The Crusaders (8-7, 2-0 FWL) got 17 points, including five 3-pointers, from Iyan Hristov in recording a season high for points. Tre Foster had 16 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks, and Francis Okeyia added 15 points, seven rebounds and three steals.

Nathan Sternenberg came off the bench to spark St. Mary’s in the second half. He finished with three rebounds, three assists and three steals to go with six points.

DOUGLAS (53): Chapman 13, Hoque 7, Silvaz 0, Edwards 9, G. Jones 8, Avery 0, Larocque 0, West 11, Fowler 0, Schofield 5. Totals: 20 4-6 53.

ST. MARY’S (78): Hristov 17, Kaeo-Wailehua 2, Young 0, Okeyia 15, Conner 6, Reynolds 4, Hadley 0, Rajagopal 7, Sternenberg 6, Snyder 5, Foster 16. Totals: 32 5-10 78.

Douglas1671911— 53

St. Mary’s12222024— 78

3-point goals — Douglas 9 (Chapman 3, Edwards 3, West 2, Schofield 1), St. Mary’s 9 (Hristov 5, Conner 2, Rajagopal 1, Snyder 1).

JV result — St. Mary’s won.

BUTTE FALLS 85, ROGUE RIVER 52: At Butte Falls, freshman Colby Wood poured in 35 points to lead Butte Falls to the runaway Southern Cascade League win.

Butte Falls/Crater Lake Charter (11-1, 2-1 SCL) opened a 22-12 lead through one quarter and extended it to 42-19 by halftime against Rogue River (7-6, 1-2).

Caden Tognoni had 16 points, Aiden Norris 14 and Diego Agosto 12 for the Chieftains.

NORTH LAKE 53, RV ADVENTIST 40: Ninth-ranked North Lake opened a 30-21 halftime lead and ran its record to 11-1 with the Mountain Valley League win at Rogue Valley Adventist.

The Cowboys are 5-1 in league.

RVA (7-4, 2-4 MVL) got nine points, four rebounds and eight assists from Isaiah Christensen, eight points and five rebounds from Malachi Sitowski and eight points, seven rebounds and three steals from Caleb Jackson.

TRINITY 78, PROSPECT 19: At Bend, seventh-ranked Trinity Lutheran cruised to the Mountain Valley League win.

The Saints are 12-3 overall and 6-1 in league.

Jaydon Taylor led Prospect (1-13, 0-6 MVL) with seven points and six rebounds.

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