Cascade Christian's Tyler Marshall gets set to shoot against Nyssa's Cole Froerer Saturday. - Larry Stauth Jr.

Nyssa throttles Challengers

In a matchup of top-five teams, one squad showed up while the other simply played catch-up.

Fourth-ranked Nyssa outhustled, outmuscled and outeverything-ed No. 2 Cascade Christian to earn the Wells Fargo Advisors Christmas Classic boys basketball championship, 63-38, Saturday at Cascade Christian High.

"Nyssa came out with a lot of energy," Challengers coach Brian Morse said. "They totally outplayed us. They outhustled us, outworked us. You could tell that they wanted it more."

After taking a short-lived 5-4 lead, Cascade Christian was outscored, 10-2, to close the first quarter. The teams played a nearly even third quarter before the Bulldogs began the rout in the second half.

While Cascade Christian (5-1) was held to eight points in each of the third and fourth quarters, Nyssa (5-0), ignited by Seth Glenn, averaged nearly 20 per quarter.

Glenn hit all four of his 3-pointers in the second and third quarters, when he scored 16 of his game-high 18 points.

"We didn't really have an answer for Glenn," Morse said. "In the second and third quarters, he really lit us up. He really got them going."

The Challengers cut the deficit to 45-35 with approximately 5:30 remaining, but the full-court press eventually burned Cascade Christian on numerous possessions and Morse inserted most of his bench in the closing minutes.

"We were always trying to fight back and come back," Morse said. "It just seemed like we were lethargic. Good teams make you look bad at times."

Jeremiah Leos scored 13 points and Eric Jensen added 12 for the Bulldogs, whose telling statistic was rebounds. Cascade Christian, which averaged 34 rebounds per game this season, was held to 16.

"Like I told the kids, champions are truly tested in the face of defeat," Morse said. "I told them that championships are not won in December; they're won in March. We'll go back to the drawing board ... and we'll return with a vengeance."

Cascade Christian, which had outscored its opponents by double digits in the first five games of the season, returns to the hardwood on Tuesday. The Challengers host Crater in a nonconference game at 7 p.m.

"It doesn't get any easier, but that's OK," Morse said.

Eli Hoffman scored 11 points and Colton Cochran added 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals for Cascade Christian.

Cochran, Glenn and Jensen were each named to the all-tournament team.

NYSSA (63) — Shimer 2, Thonley 0, Fiscarelli 8, Leos 13, Glenn 18, Martinez 4, Trinidad 2, Jensen 12, Froerer 4. Totals: 28 4-7 63.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (38) — Siliga 0, Morse 0, Marshall 4, Sosey 1, M. Smith 0, Litton 4, Hoffman 11, Joffer 8, A. Smith 0, Cochran 10. Totals: 15 3-5 38.

Nyssa 14 14 17 18 — 63

Cascade Christian 7 15 8 8 — 38

3-point goals — Nyssa 7 (Fiscarelli 2, Leos 1, Glenn 4), Cascade Christian 5 (Hoffman 3, Joffer 2).

Reach reporter Shawn Miller at 776-4469, or e-mail

Share This Story