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BOYS BASKETBALL: Defense carries Comets over North Bend

NORTH BEND — Sixth-ranked Crater put together its best defensive game of the season and defeated North Bend, 56-38, in Midwestern League boys basketball Friday.

Wing Nathan Johnson and guard Braydon Ray set the tone for the Comets, putting the stop to North Bend leading scorer Jayden Frank, and their teammates followed suit as Crater improved to 8-4 overall and 3-1 in the MWL.

Frank had 12 points, and no other player reached double figures for the Bulldogs (5-4, 1-3).

“Our defense was excellent, both individually and as a team,” said Comets coach Chris Schmerbach. “It was our most consistent defensive effort of the season.”

Frank averaged about 25 points entering the game, he said, but Johnson and Ray “were swarming him, which was great. Everyone else stuck to their assignments.”

Crater was sharp from the start, leading 10-5 after the first quarter and 24-16 at halftime.

“I was really pleased with the way we were ready to play tonight from the get-go,” said Schmerbach. “After a 31/2-hour bus trip, our guys did what they needed to to be ready to play. That’s a step in the right direction.”

Nate Bittle had 23 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks for the Comets. Nathan Horton scored nine and Hunter Chubb had eight points and seven rebounds.

CRATER (56): Ray 0, Horton 9, Jaasko 2, Chubb 8, Eaton 2, Lacey 0, Edwards 4, Johnson 6, Bittle 23, Dance 2. Totals: 23 7-11 56.

NORTH BEND (38): G. Mateski 7, Messner 5, Frank 12, Simmons 2, Martin 2, Byers 0, Lynn 6, Burgmeier 2, M. Mateski 0, Strasman 0, Reasor 2. Totals: 16 3-5 38.

Crater10141517— 56

North Bend511715— 38

3-point goals — Crater 3 (Bittle 1, Horton 1, Chubb 1), North Bend 3 (G. Maleski 1, Messner 1, Frank 1).

LAKE OSWEGO 70, NORTH MEDFORD 41: At Lake Oswego, North Medford didn’t shoot well, particularly from 3-point range, and its defense was unable to slow down Lake Oswego, which went 30-for-61 from the field.

The Black Tornado (6-6) cut its deficit to five points in the final seconds of the first quarter but the Lakers (8-3) nailed a deflating 30-footer at the buzzer to go up 19-11.

In the second half, Lake Oswego came out of the gates with a 10-0 run to pad its lead and take control.

Eli Spence turned in 12 points and nine rebounds while Jett Carpenter added 10 points for North Medford, which shot just 2-for-22 from beyond the arc and finished 18-for-51 from the field.

NORTH MEDFORD (41): Wells 5, Conrad 0, Hurley 0, Thomas 6, Carpenter 10, Angulo 2, Orozco-Bernal 2, Parker 2, Karrick 2, Spence 12. Totals: 18-51 3-7 41.

LAKE OSWEGO (70): McKinney 8, Roberts 4, Graver 0, Fenderski 0, Brauner 0, Senf 6, Abere 10, Angle 21, Fuson 2, Woolf 7, Harding 12. Totals: 30-61 5-6 70.

North Medford1111118— 41

Lake Oswego19152313— 70

3-point goals — North Medford 2-22 (Thomas 2), Lake Oswego 5-16 (Abere 2, Angle 3).

JV score — Lake Oswego 50, North Medford 36.

TUALATIN 55, GRANTS PASS 49: At Grants Pass, 10th-ranked Tualatin outscored Grant Pass 18-11 in the fourth quarter to pull out the nonconference victory.

The Timberwolves improved to 7-3.

Grants Pass (4-7), which led 25-21 at halftime, got 22 points from Taylor Anderson and 10 from Randy Clark.

TUALATIN (55): Dickson 15, Leneve 9, Wisler 4, Shaw 6, Spires 2, Rose 10, Steppe 9. Totals: 16 17-19 55.

GRANTS PASS (49): Rich 8, Lopez 2, Law 5, Coyle 2, Anderson 22, Maravilla 0, Lackey 0, Clark 10, Bellum 0. Totals: 20 8-11 49.

Tualatin1381618— 55

Grants Pass10151311— 49

3-point goals — Tualatin 6 (Dickson 3, Leneve 2, Rose 1), Grants Pass 1 (Law 1).

THURSTON 59, ASHLAND 44: At Ashland, Ashland was unable to hold onto its five-point halftime lead and fell to reigning state champion Thurston in Midwestern League action at Mountain Avenue Gymnasium.

Ashland (5-6, 1-3 MWL), playing without leading scorer KJ Pippa, managed just 11 second-half points after leading 33-28 at the half.

Thurston guard Isaac Lange finished with a game-high 30 points, 17 of which came after the break to lead the comeback for the Colts (10-2, 3-1). Mason Miller added 13 points in the win.

Ashland junior Lowell Saulsbury scored all of his team-high 14 points in the opening half. Saulsbury also hit four of the Grizzlies’ seven 3-pointers.

Joseph Wallner-Sentle finished with 13 points and Gabe Ekwall added eight points.

THURSTON (59): Casley 0, Crist 6, Muggy 2. Bryant 4, Alonzo 2, Deller 0, Beagle 0, Stranieri 2, White 0, Lange 30, Miller 13, Starck 0. Totals: 21 12-13 59.

ASHLAND (44): Smith 6, Wallner-Sentle 13, Ekwall 8, Sanford 2, Saulsbury 14, Carter 0, Desmond 4. Totals: 18 3-6 44.

Thurston18102011— 59

Ashland141974— 44

3-point goals — Thurston 3 (Lange 3), Ashland 7 (Wallner-Sentle 2, Ekwall 1, Saulsbury 4).

CHURCHILL 98, EAGLE POINT 47: At Eugene, Eagle Point wasn’t able to keep up with Churchill, one of the top 5A teams in the state, as the Lancers took command of the Midwestern League game with a 34-13 first-quarter surge.

Logan Esquibel paced the Eagles (2-9, 0-4 MWL) with 19 points and Hayden Neyt followed with 11.

The Lancers (9-3, 4-0) had five players score in double figures, led by Kaelan O’Neil’s 21 points.

EAGLE POINT (47): McHugh 2, Shaffer 6, Neyt 11, Gelbrich 5, Esquibel 19, Bradd 4, Kendrick 0, McGarrell 0, Rodridguez 0, Gorman 0. Totals: 20 4-5 47.

CHURCHILL (98): Akuma III 5, Bennion 12, Wallace 10, Morgan 12, Vasbinder 4, Tofte 2, O’Neil 21, Pia 9, Goracke 19, Case 2, Carson 2, Murphy 0. Totals: 43 2-9 98.

Eagle Point13121012— 47

Churchill34232516— 98

3-point goals — Eagle Point 3 (Shaffer 2, Gelbrich 1), Bennion 2, Wallace 2, O’Neil 3, Pia 1, Goracke 2).

ELMIRA 50, PHOENIX 36: At Cottage Grove, a sluggish start and foul trouble spelled doom for Phoenix, which wasn’t able to climb out of a first-quarter hole against Elmira in the opening day of the Skyline/Sky-Em Crossover Tournament at Cottage Grove High.

In the first two minutes of the contest, Ethan Hutsell made the Pirates’ only two baskets of the period before committing a pair of fouls that forced him to sit the rest of the half.

When Hutsell returned, he dropped in 10 second-half points but it wasn’t enough.

Mason Stella added eight points for the Pirates (9-4), who take on Junction City today in the final day of the event.

PHOENIX (36): Serna 2, Hutsell 12, Jenkins 2, Stella 8, Watts 5, Ortega 3, Beer 2, Stanfield 2, Goff 0, Martinez 0. Totals: 15 4-8 36.

ELMIRA (50): Ossowski 2, Davis 8, Cook 11, Chambers 6, Forsman 3, Palmer 7, Marr 13, Warner 0, Harpole 0, Smart 0. Totals: 21 6-8 50.

Phoenix413910— 36

Elmira12141014— 50

3-point goals — Phoenix 2 (Hutsell 1, Ortega 1), Elmira 4 (Cook 3, Forsman 1).

KENNEDY 64, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 33: At Salem, Cascade Christian sophomore Donminic Lewis scored 10 points but Kennedy’s height advantage proved too much at the Salem Academy Classic.

Logan Flenner knocked down two of his team’s four 3-pointers to finish with six points for the Challengers (1-12), who next play Gold Beach at 3 p.m. today.

Bruce Beyer had 10 points for Kennedy (9-4), which led 28-15 by halftime.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (33): Reece 0, Sciapiti 3, Crowl 0, Schaan 4, Jackson 0, Miller 0, Coppedge 2, Lewis 10, Collom 4, Sample 2, Spurlock 0, Brehm 2, Logan Flenner 6. Totals: 14 1-3 33.

KENNEDY (64): Cantu 3, Beyer 10, De La Rosa 6, Kleinschmit 2, Basargin 0, Tallon 4, Hall 8, Traeger 2, Salazar 3, Carley 8, Suing 8, Salinas 2. Totals: 25 10-11 64.

Cascade Christian69108— 33

Kennedy10181719— 64

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 4 (Sciapiti 1, Lewis 1, Flenner 2), Kennedy 4 (Cantu 1, Beyer 2, Salazar 1).

HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 77, PROSPECT 21: At Prospect, Hosanna Christian was held scoreless for the first three minutes then went on a 27-3 run to end the opening quarter in the Mountain Valley League home loss.

Senior guard Jordan Royce led Prospect (1-10, 0-3 MVL) with seven points.

The Cougars were hurt by too many turnovers which led to easy transition baskets for visiting Hosanna Christian (8-2, 3-1).

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