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St. Mary's junior Trevahn Foster, shown here against Cascade Christian earlier this season, scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half against South Umpqua on Tuesday.

BOYS BASKETBALL: St. Mary's turns back Lancers

A better defensive effort and increased focus on getting the ball inside to junior Trevahn Foster in the second half paid big dividends for the St. Mary’s boys basketball team in a 75-56 Far West League win over South Umpqua Tuesday night at St. Mary’s High.

The Crusaders (10-10, 4-2 FWL) held a modest 30-25 lead at halftime but dialed up a different approach in the second half as Foster scored 14 of his 18 points in the final two quarters and the Lancers (2-18, 1-6) saw their scoring opportunities limited.

“When we want to decide to get stops and play really good defense, we can do some things,” said St. Mary’s head coach Kevin Dixon.

Foster also finished with eight rebounds and five blocked shots, while junior guard Iyan Hristov knocked down five 3-pointers to net 18 points overall. Francis Okeyia added 13 points and seven boards and Nathan Sternenberg had nine points, four rebounds and three assists for St. Mary’s.

Dixon said another key to the win was his team’s ability to control the ball, committing only 11 turnovers to finish well below its average.

Reilly Thatcher scored 16 points to lead South Umpqua (2-18, 1-6).

SOUTH UMPQUA (56): E. Wilson 0, Johnson 6, Thatcher 16, Lamm 7, Chung 0, Z. Wilson 12, Deister 0, Lee 0, Roberts 15, Jaynes 0. Totals: 20 11-12 56.

ST. MARY’S (75): Hristov 18, Kaeo-Wailehua 4, Young 0, Banton 2, Okeyia 13, Conner 6, Bennion 0, Reynolds 0, Hadley 0, Rajagopal 3, Sternenberg 9, Snyder 2, Foster 18. Totals: 27 12-17 75.

South Umpqua13121516— 56

St. Mary’s13172223— 75

3-point goals — South Umpqua 5 (Lamm 1, Z. Wilson 3, Roberts 1), St. Mary’s 9 (Hristov 5, Kaeo-Wailehua 1, Conner 2, Rajagopal 1).

JV result — St. Mary’s won.

GRANTS PASS 52, ROSEBURG 46: At Grants Pass, Grants Pass built a slight first-quarter lead and maintained it for the Southwest Conference win.

The Cavemen (6-12, 2-2 SWC) got 21 points from Taylor Anderson and 15 from Randy Clark.

Roseburg, which got 24 points from Collin Warmouth, is 12-6 and 2-2.

ROSEBURG (46): Warmouth 24, Seely 9, Black 9, Ellis 4, Lake 0, Adams 0, Stone 0, Avilez 0. Totals: 18 1-1 46.

GRANTS PASS (52): T. Anderson 19, Clark 15, Rich 8, Lopez 4, Coyle 4, Law 2, C. Anderson 0, Maravilla 0, Lackey 0, Bellum 0. Totals: 18 11-14 52.

Roseburg1391113— 46

Grants Pass1871413— 52

3-point goals — Roseburg 9 (Warmouth 5, Black 3, Seely), Grants Pass 5 (T. Anderson 2, Rich, Clark).

JV result — Grants Pass won.

ASHLAND 67, EAGLE POINT 40: At Eagle Point, K.J. Pippa had 13 points and Lowell Saulsbury knocked down five 3-pointers for his 15 points as Ashland scored its second runaway Midwestern League victory over Eagle Point of the season.

Nate Desmond added 10 points and Gabe Ekwall had nine for the Grizzlies (6-10, 2-7 MWL).

Hayden Neyt scored 15 points to pace Eagle Point (2-15, 0-10), which suffered its 12th straight loss.

ASHLAND (67): Pippa 13, Smith 5, Wallner-Sentle 2, Ekwall 9, Hanks 0, Sanford 2, Saulsbury 15, Swenson 4, Sayre 0, Carter 0, Desmond 10, Barnes 3, Harris 2, Lapierre 2. Totals: 19 9-11 67.

EAGLE POINT (40): Judd 6, McHugh 2, Kendrick 2, Shaffer 0, Neyt 15, Gelbrich 2, Esquibel 11, Rodriguez 0, Aguilar 0, Gorman 0. Totals 8 22-27 40.

Ashland20181811— 67

Eagle Point412816— 40

3-point goals — Ashland 9 (Saulsbury 5, Smith 1, Ekwall 1, Desmond 1, Barnes 1), Eagle Point 1 (Judd 1).

SUTHERLIN 40, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 37: Sophomore guard Donminic Lewis scored 10 of his team-high 14 points in the fourth quarter to help rally Cascade Christian in the Far West League home loss.

The Challengers (5-15, 3-3 FWL) cut Sutherlin’s lead to 38-37 with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game but the Bulldogs got a rebound on a missed front end of a 1-and-1 free throw. Cascade was forced to foul and Sutherlin (17-4, 6-0) made both free throws for the final margin of victory.

Sutherlin led 30-22 going into the final period.

The Bulldogs capitalized on a big advantage from the foul line — making 12 of 14 while the Challengers were 1 of 3.

SUTHERLIN (40): Horn 0, Hope 2, Carr 8, Gill 15, Merrifield 0, Stinnett 3, Bodine 4, Bailey 8. Totals: 13 12-14 40.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (37): Reece 3, Sciapiti 2, Schaan 9, Miller 0, Coppedge 0, Lewis 14, Collom 2, Sample 4, Spurlock 3. Totals: 16 1-3 37.

Sutherlin8111110— 40

Cascade Christian85915— 37

3-point goals — Sutherlin 2 (Carr 1, Gill 1), Cascade Christian 4 (Reece 1, Schaan 1, Lewis 1, Spurlock 1).

JV result — Cascade Christian won.

GLIDE 74, ROGUE RIVER 62: At Glide, Rogue River had no answer for Glide senior forward Dillon Towne, who went off for 31 points in the Southern Cascade League game.

Senior Justin Cook scored 18 points to lead four Rogue River players in double figures. Cook tallied all his points in the second half on six 3-pointers.

The Chieftains (8-10, 2-6 SCL) got 13 points from Tyler Walsh, 11 from Aiden Norris and 10 from Diego Agosto.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 64, BUTTE FALLS 42: At Butte Falls, Illinois Valley extended its Southern Cascade League lead with the road triumph.

The Cougars (11-8, 8-0 SCL) secured their ninth straight victory at the expense of Butte Falls/Crater Lake Charter (14-2, 5-2), whose only two losses of the season have come against Illinois Valley.

RV ADVENTIST 48, PROSPECT 29: At Prospect, Rogue Valley Adventist junior Ruben Tovar scored 10 of his team-high 13 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Red Tail Hawks to the Mountain Valley League victory.

Prospect trailed only 25-19 heading into the final quarter but RV Adventist (8-9, 3-9 MVL) was able to break the Cougars’ full-court press and score transition baskets to pull away.

Jordan Royce scored 11 points for Prospect (1-18, 0-11), Logan Gordon had 10 rebounds and Jadon Taylor five rebounds.

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