In their regular-season finale, the Cascade Christian boys basketball team got sucked into Rogue River's style of play and nearly scuffed up their flawless record in the Sunset League.
The second-ranked Challengers would have none of that with the Sunset's top seed on the line Saturday.
Scott Morse scored 19 points to become Cascade Christian's all-time leading scorer and led the Challengers to a 68-43 victory at The Pavilion.
The Challengers (23-3) will host first-round foe Harrisburg, which is ranked fourth in Class 3A, next Saturday. The Chieftains will also host their playoff game with Horizon Christian.
"We kind of got drawn into their pace so we got drawn into taking a lot of shots we didn't want to shoot," said Challengers coach Brian Morse of his team's 61-52 win over Rogue River on Feb. 16. "This time we did a lot better job of running through our offense to get better looks."
The Challengers broke out on both ends of the floor in the second quarter and built a 37-20 halftime lead.
"Both teams played real aggressive, physical defense," said Morse. "I just felt we handled it a lot better. Our pressure seemed to get to them in the second quarter and it gave us a boost offensively because we got some steals and got out on some fastbreaks."
Dustin Hutley got the Challengers off to their hot start, scoring six of their first eight points, and then netted eight in the fourth quarter. He finished with 16 points overall.
Morse, who tied Marty Maurer's school mark of 1,550 in the aforementioned contest with Rogue River, now stands alone with 1,569 points.
Morse and Jarrod Hess each had five assists. Hess also added 12 points and Eli Hoffman drained three 3-pointers for all of his nine points.
Brendan Schoner paced the Chieftains with 10 points.
ROGUE RIVER (43) — Schoner 10, Johnson 4, Watson 3, Mitchell 0, Krause 2, Lee 6, Taylor 5, McBee 4, Garcia 9. Totals: 16 8-12 43.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN (68) — Siliga 0, S. Morse 19, Marshall 0, Hutley 16, Hess 12, Litton 2, Hoffman 9, Joffer 6, Thomas 0, Rasmussen 0, Pech 0, Cochran 4, E. Morse 0, Sha 0. Totals: 22 19-25 68.
Rogue River 10 10 8 15 — 43
Cascade Christian 15 22 15 18 — 68
3-point goals — Rogue River 3 (Schoner 2, Garcia 1), Cascade Christian 5 (Hoffman 3, Hess 1, Joffer 1). Technical fouls — Rogue River coach Anderson, Taylor.
MVL Boys Basketball
NORTH LAKE 53, ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 45 — At Klamath Falls, Dakota Gordon scored 20 points to lead North Lake at Oregon Tech.
Despite 15 points from Ryan Coggins, who was named to the all-tournament team, and another 10 from Robert Denton, Rogue Valley Adventist (11-10, 9-7 MVL) came up short in the fourth quarter.
Martin Dacodi added 16 points for the Cowboys (18-3 13-2 MVL), who advanced to the first round of the Class 1A playoffs to face the Big Sky League's No. 3 seed on Tuesday.
The Red Tail Hawks will take on the Big Sky's No. 2 seed on Tuesday.
ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST (45) — Coggins 15, Denton 9, Fjarli 9, DeLaVega 6, Peterson 6, Wold 0. Totals: 18 8-6 45.
NORTH LAKE (53) — Gordon 20, Martin 16, Fivecoat 6, Haisley 6, McCord 5. Totals: 22 8-11 53.
Rogue Valley Adventist 12 10 16 7 — 45
North Lake 14 18 7 14 — 53
3-point goals — Rogue Valley Adventist 1 (Coggins 1), North Lake 1 (Martin 1).
S.O. League Hockey
ASHLAND 10, CRATER 2 — Casey Skolnik won his individual battle with Jake Randol and Ashland clinched the Southern Oregon League regular-season title with a dominant performance at The RRRink.
Skolnik and Josh McLaughlin each scored four goals as the Grizzlies (12-1-1, 35 points) claimed the top seed to the league tournament, which begins Friday.
Skolnik raised his league-leading scoring total to 69 points (46 goals, 23 assists), surpassing his total of 65 from last season. Randol, the No. 2 scorer in the league with 34, managed just one goal for the Comets. Crater (7-6-2, 23 points) is the fourth seed and will face South Medford in the first round of the tournament.
Crater entered the game riding a shutout streak of three games and 137 minutes.
Thomas McGee added a goal for Crater, while McLaughlin had three assists and Matthias Dean also scored for Ashland.
Gabe Dean made 27 saves for Ashland, including 15 in the first period.
Crater 1 1 0 — 2
Ashland 3 4 3 — 10
SOUTH MEDFORD 2, CHURCHILL 1 — Wyatt Small scored the game-winning goal with 5:02 remaining as South Medford won its sixth straight game and denied Churchill a shot at the regular-season title at The RRRink.
Brandon Andrews made 26 saves and Samantha Andrews also scored for the Panthers (8-6-1, 25 points), who are the only team to beat the Lancers twice this season. South Medford clinched the third seed in the league and will face Crater in the opening round of the tournament.
Connor Tyman scored the lone goal for Churchill (12-3-0, 34 points), which as the No. 2 seed will face North Medford in the opening round on Friday.
Churchill 0 1 0 — 1
South Medford 0 1 1 — 2
ASHLAND 6, KLAMATH FALLS 5, OT — At Klamath Falls, Josh McLaughlin scored 37 seconds into overtime and the Grizzlies overcame a slow start and dodged an upset bid by winless Klamath Falls.
Casey Skolnik scored three times, including the tying goal with 6:10 remaining in regulation. Aaron Bellini scored twice for Klamath Falls (0-13-1, 1 point), which scored for the first time in its last four games and earned its first point of the season.
Ashland was playing for the first time in 15 days and got an early wakeup call for the bus ride before the 10 a.m. start. Daniel Siegrist relieved Gabe Dean in goal and earned the win.
Ashland 2 2 1 1 — 6
Klamath Falls 3 1 1 0 — 5
District 3 Wrestling
ROGUE RIVER TAKES FIFTH — At Reedsport, highlighted by John Jessee's championship victory, Rogue River advanced six wrestlers to the Class 3A state tournament and one moved on for Cascade Christian.
Jessee pinned Reedsport's Gunnar Kaufmann in 2:51 in the 215-pound weight class, while teammate Patrick Wiggins lost to Ryan Love of Myrtle Point, 9-5, at 119 but will move on to the state tournament.
In third-place matches, John Dees, Chris Lopez, Steven Torrez and Gerald Yawn all were triumphant and earned a spot in the tourney for Rogue River.
Dees defeated Glide's Cody Kame, 9-8, at 135 and Lopez earned a 12-7 decision over Reedsport's Randy Howze. Torrez scored a pin in 5:41 to take down Coquille's Evan Beck and Gerald Yawn pinned Cascade Christian's Garron Pabuda in 3:42.
Cascade Christian's Derek Brite came up short in the 171-pound championship, losing by a fall in 4:43 to Cesar Lira of Reedsport.
Host Reedsport won the district title.
TEAM SCORES — Reedsport 376, Myrtle Point 227.5, Gold Beach 197.5, Glide 159.5, Rogue River 159, Coquille 109, Bandon 87, Creswell 74, Cascade Christian 42.