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BOYS BASKETBALL: St. Mary's stumbles in FWL loss

St. Mary’s weaknesses proved decisive in a 59-48 Far West League boys basketball loss to visiting Brookings-Harbor Tuesday.

St. Mary’s (11-11, 5-3 FWL) entered the game alone in second place in the FWL standings with three games left in the league season but the loss dropped the Crusaders into a three-way tie for second with Brookings-Harbor and Cascade Christian, a 60-46 winner over Douglas Tuesday.

“Turnovers and free-throw shooting have been our Achilles’ heel all year long,” said St. Mary’s coach Kevin Dixon. “Our effort has been great but our execution has not been good.”

The Crusaders turned the ball over 15 times in the first half and 22 for the game. And they were just 4-for-14 from the foul line.

The Crusaders were tied 12-all after the first quarter but Brookings (12-8, 5-3) surged ahead in the second and third to take an 11-point lead into the final period.

Junior guard Iyan Hristov led St. Mary’s with 14 points. Hristov scored 11 of the Crusaders’ 12 third-quarter points.

Tre Foster had 12 points and eight rebounds and Francis Okeyia added 10 points and eight rebounds for St. Mary’s, which outrebounded the Bruins, 30-25.

Brookings senior guard Austin Fronckowiak led all scorers with 18 points.

“We can look like the best team in the league for a time,” said Dixon. “We just haven’t found the consistency yet.”

BROOKINGS-HARBOR (59): Beaman 0, Holler 8, A. Fronckowiak 18, Vanginderen 8, E. Fronckowiak 6, Christensen 4, Mills 0, Schofield 3, Bonde 12. Totals: 23 9-12 59.

ST. MARY’S (48): Hristov 14, Kaeo-Wailehua 3, Young 0, Okeyia 10, Conner 0, Reynolds 0, Hadley 3, Rajagopal 0, Sternenberg 4, Snyder 2, Foster 12. Totals: 19 4-14 48.

Brookings-Harbor12131915— 59

St. Mary’s1291215— 48

3-point goals — Brookings-Harbor 4 (A. Fronckowiak 4), St. Mary’s 6 (Hristov 4, Wail 1, Hadley 1).

JV result — Brookings-Harbor won.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 60, DOUGLAS 46: At Winston, Cascade Christian pulled into a three-way tie for second place in the Far West League with its fifth win in seven league games after beginning the season 2-13.

The Challengers (7-15 overall) are tied with St. Mary’s and Brooking-Harbor with 5-3 FWL records and two games to play. Cascade Christian hosts St. Mary’s Friday.

Sophomore Nathan Spurlock scored a career-high 19 points for the Challengers, who built a 30-15 halftime lead. Donminic Lewis added 16 points.

Douglas is 4-16 and 1-8.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (60): Reece 0, Schaan 2, Miller 2, Coppedge 3, Lewis 16, Collom 10, Spurlock 19, Flenner 8. Totals: 23 10-19 60.

DOUGLAS (46): Chapman 5, Ledbetter 0, Hoque 15, Silvaz 5, Edwards 13, Jones 0, West 8, Fowler 0. Totals: 16 8-11 46.

Cascade Christian12181416— 60

Douglas692110— 46

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 4 (Collom 2, Spurlock 1, Flenner 1), Douglas 6 (Hoque 3, Silvaz 1, Edwards 2).

JV result — Cascade Christian won.

CRATER 67, ASHLAND 47: At Ashland, Nathan Horton scored 23 points to lead Crater to the Midwestern League victory.

Horton, a senior guard, had a hot shooting night, converting 9 of 14 from the field, including five 3-pointers.

Crater (13-6, 7-3 MWL) received 18 points and six rebounds from Nate Bittle, and teammate Hunter Chubb added 14 points.

Ashland fell to 2-9 in the MWL and is 6-12 overall. It was led by KJ Pippa’s 16 points and Gabe Ekwall’s 11.

CRATER (67): Horton 23, Bittle 18, Chubb 14, Edwards 8, Eaton 4, Vranes 0, Johnson 0, Jaasko 0, Dance 0. Totals: 26 7-13 67.

ASHLAND (47): Pippa 16, Anthony 0, Wallner-Sentle 8, Ekwall 11, Hanks 0, Sanford 4, Saulsbury 0, Swenson 2, Sayre 0, Carter 0, Desmond 6, Harris 0, Barnes 0, Hawthorne 0. Totals: 19 6-15 47.

Crater20181316— 67

Ashland7151312— 47

3-point goals — Crater 8 (Horton 5, Bittle 2, Chubb 1), Ashland 3 (Pippa 1, Ekwall 2).

PHOENIX 56, NORTH VALLEY 48: At Merlin, Phoenix used a big third quarter and Ethan Hutsell’s double-double for its second straight Skyline Conference win.

The Pirates (11-9, 2-4 Sky), who lost their first four league games, erased the Knights’ 22-17 halftime lead with a seven-point run to begin the third quarter. Phoenix continued its barrage by making four of its eight 3-pointers in the third and outscored North Valley, 22-8.

Hutsell finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds while Nick Goff and Nico Ortega dropped in nine points apiece. Ortega also drained three from downtown.

Tanner Lauby paced the Knights (7-13, 1-5) 16 points.

PHOENIX (56): Martinez 5, Serna 4, Goff 9, Hutsell 13, Jenkins 2, Stella 6, Watts 6, Ortega 9, Stanfield 2, Clayton 0, Mendez 0, Beer 0, Tuenge 0. Totals: 19 10-16 56.

NORTH VALLEY (41): Lauby 16, Kilborn 6, Avila 9, Taylor 10, Schrock 0, Smith 0, Blaich 0. Totals: 18 3-9 41.

Phoenix982217— 56

North Valley139811— 41

3-point goals — Phoenix 8 (Martinez 1, Serna 1, Goff 1, Watts 2, Ortega 3), North Valley 2 (Kilborn 2).

JV result — Phoenix won.

BUTTE FALLS 81, ROGUE RIVER 62: At Rogue River, freshman Devon Malcolm’s mammoth 39-point effort powered Butte Falls/Crater Lake Charter past Rogue River in their Southern Cascade League contest.

There was no answer for Malcolm, who was too big and skilled in the paint for the Chieftains. Malcolm also knocked down a pair of 3-pointers for the Loggers (16-2, 12-2 SCL), who received 16 points from Colby Wood.

Rogue River (9-11, 3-7) was paced by Tyler Walsh’s 14 points, while Derek Nelson added 12 and Caden Tognoni had 10.

HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 67, ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 41: Visiting Hosanna Christian pulled away from a 31-23 halftime lead in the Mountain Valley League contest.

Rogue Valley Adventist got 12 points, five rebounds and five steals from Isaiah Christensen, 12 points from Ruben Tovar and 11 points from Caleb Jackson.

The Red Tail Hawks dropped to 8-11 overall and 3-11 in the MVL. Hosanna Christian is 15-8 and 10-6.

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