Phoenix's Alex Young, right, tosses up a shot against South Umpqua on Friday. - Julia Moore

Pirates pound Lancers

PHOENIX — Alex Hobson's night was almost perfect.


Save for his missed dunk attempt, Hobson and the sixth-ranked Phoenix boys basketball team were spot on in their 62-30 Class 4A state play-in victory over South Umpqua at Phoenix High on Friday.

Even after missing the slam, Hobson still managed to corral the ball and score during the rout.

"It was my first breakaway of the season, and I've been trying to get that dunk attempt," said a smiling Hobson, who finished with 14 points, five steals and seven rebounds.

Alex Young recorded 19 points and Tyler Dungannon added 14 for the Pirates (19-6), who will host a playoff contest at 7 p.m. next Friday. The winner will advance to the eight-team 4A state championships at Oregon State University. The tournament at Gill Coliseum begins on March 8.

Things could not have gone worse for the Lancers (10-13) on Friday.

South Umpqua, which committed 28 turnovers, managed just four points in the first quarter and didn't even get off a field-goal attempt until the 4:34 mark in the fourth.

"We are going to play four quarters," Phoenix head coach Glenn Johannes said. "We don't care what the score is anymore, we're going to play hard. ... Turnovers are just icing on the cake. We are looking to create controlled chaos."

The Lancers, who finished in third place in the Far West League, were down 33-17 at halftime and trailed by as many as 37 points in the fourth period.

"We just didn't play with much intensity tonight or purpose and that kills you," South Umpqua head coach Bob Feasel said. "We had kids whose heads were in a fog."

Young, who added six steals, poured in 12 of his points in the second quarter. With his team leading by nine points, the junior point guard proceeded to rattle off eight points in a span of 52 seconds, draining successive 3-pointers and then rolling in for a silk-smooth layup to bolster Phoenix's advantage.

"I think my teammates just did a good job getting me open and finding me in the right spots," Young said. "I was able to knock them down."

Dungannon, a junior guard, registered six of his points in the first quarter, when the Pirates jumped out to a 13-4 lead. He finished the period off with a high-flying layup.

Hobson scored six of his points in the third quarter.

Aside from a pair of buckets from David Huling — including a slam dunk — and a layup and free throw by Austin Page in the contest's final two minutes, South Umpqua was shut out in the fourth. Phoenix opened the frame with a 15-0 run.

"We were out of sync and trying to rush things a little bit, and when we do that we don't pass, shoot or dribble very well," Feasel said.

Dalton Richardson offered five points and nine rebounds for the Pirates, who had 11 turnovers and outrebounded the Lancers 35-20.

Phoenix, which lost just one senior from last year's squad, finished in fifth place at the 4A state tournament last winter.

"Getting that experience playing the top eight teams in state, it helps a lot now," Young said.

Senior guard Justin Bohn did not play on Friday. He suffered an ankle sprain in the Pirates' win over North Valley on Feb. 17. Johannes said he's hopeful that Bohn will be able to play next week.

SOUTH UMPQUA (30) — Kennedy 0, Reese 0, Page 9, Huling 8, O'Dowd 0, Aliff 5, Johnson 4, Phillips 4. Totals: 13 4-4 30.

PHOENIX (62) — Young 19, Campoy 3, T. Keith 0, Brown 1, Loper 6, J. Keith 0, Hobson 14, Dungannon 14, Richardson 5. Totals: 25 9-16 62.

South Umpqua 4 13 6 7 — 30

Phoenix 13 20 12 17 — 62

3-point goals — Phoenix 3 (Young 3).

Reach reporter Dan Jones at 541-776-4499, or e-mail

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