BOYS BASKETBALL: Crater erupts in second half


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    CENTRAL POINT — Crater found itself in a dogfight for half of its boys basketball game against Henley Saturday.

    It was a different story after intermission.

    The Comets, ranked fifth in Class 5A, trailed by one at halftime before bolting to a 75-48 nonconference win over the 4A Hornets (1-3).

    Nathan Bittle scored 30 points and Nathan Horton 26 for Crater (3-1), which broke away from a 25-24 halftime deficit with 51 second-half points.

    “I’m really proud of the way this team responded after halftime,” said Comets coach Chris Schmerbach. “They didn’t flinch. They stayed together and made some really great plays on the defensive end, which led to energy on the offensive end.”

    Horton scored 12 points in the third quarter and Bittle 10 in the fourth.

    Horton made 9 of 11 field goals and all five of his 3-pointers. Bittle had seven rebounds and eight blocks, Kruger Edwards eight boards and Hunter Chubb five assists.

    “Bittle and Horton were terrific,” said Schmerbach, “but it was the rest of the team that helped to get things going and put us in position to make some big runs in the second half. It was a great team win.”

    HENLEY (48): Lawrie 4, Snider 2, Hall 4, Fenters 13, Reynolds 12, Neubert 2, Howe 2, Loney 7, Northcutt 2. Totals: 19 4-10 48.

    CRATER (75): Ray 0, Horton 26, Jaasko 6, Chubb 5, Eaton 2, Edwards 6, Johnson 0, Bittle 30. Totals: 29 8-13 75.

    Henley1213612— 48

    Crater12122724— 75

    3-point goals — Henley 6 (Fenters 3, Reynolds 2, Loney 1), Crater 9 (Horton 5, Chubb 1, Bittle 3).

    JV result — Crater won.

    SOUTH SALEM 67, SOUTH MEDFORD 39: At Eugene, South Medford had difficulty keeping up with fast-paced South Salem in the Shamrock Slam at Sheldon High.

    Sherman Hunter scored 13 points for the Panthers (0-4), who played their second straight game without injured leading scorer Keegan Losinski. Jake Ramsay added nine points for South Medford.

    Portland State-bound Jaiden Nielsen-Skinner tallied 18 for South Salem (3-0).

    SOUTH MEDFORD (39): Hunter 13, Shepard 2, DeBoer 0, Bottero 5, Smith 2, Sleezer 0, Harmon 6, Pannell 2, Ramsay 9. Totals: 16 3-4 39.

    SOUTH SALEM (67): Harris 11, Lungu 9, Nielsen-Skinner 18, Galbraith 16, Brown 2, Webster 0, Watanabe 2, Bigelow 6, Johnson 3, Kreitzer 4. Totals: 27 9-13 67.

    South Medford714612— 39

    South Salem15221614— 67

    3-point goals — South Medford 4 (Hunter 3, Bottero 1), South Salem 4 (Lungu 1, Galbreath 1, Bigelow 2).

    JV score — South Medford 63, South Salem 33.

    ASHLAND 59, INCLINE 39: At South Lake Tahoe, Nev., senior guard KJ Pippa scored a career-high 29 points as Ashland finished the George Whittell Invitational with 1-1 record.

    Pippa’s previous high point total was 27.

    Ashland (2-2) took a 12-4 lead to the begin the contest and maintained it throughout.

    MAZAMA 51, EAGLE POINT 27: At Eagle Point, Logan Esquibel led Eagle Point with nine points and eight rebounds but it was Mazama that left town with the nonleague win after holding the Eagles to nine field goals.

    Hayden Neyt hit two 3-pointers and scored six points for Eagle Point (2-5).

    Mazama (2-1) was led by Cole Brosterhous (12 points) and Steven Luna (9).

    MAZAMA (51): Hall 10, Brosterhous 12, Luna 9, Smith 0, Healy 6, Lee 4, Kasper 2, Hagerty 2, McCready 6. Totals: 24 1-2 51.

    EAGLE POINT (27): McHugh 4, Kendrick 4, Neyt 6, Gelbrich 2, Esquibel 9, Bradd 1, Rodriguez 1, Aguilar 0, Gorman 0, Shaffer 0. Totals: 8 8-17 27.

    Mazama12131014— 51

    Eagle Point38511— 27

    3-point goals — Mazama 2 (Brosterhous 1, Luna 1), Eagle Point 3 (Neyt 2, Kendrick 1).

    JV result — Mazama 45, Eagle Point 35.

    PHOENIX 63, ST. MARY’S 60: At Phoenix, Phoenix handed St. Mary’s its first loss in the championship game of the Pirate Shootout, leaving both teams with 3-1 records.

    The Class 4A Pirates had a double-digit lead midway through the fourth quarter before the Crusaders rallied. St. Mary’s got off a last-second 3-pointer that wasn’t close.

    Phoenix got 18 points from Braeden Watts and 16 from Nico Ortega. Ethan Hutsell added 11 points.

    St. Mary’s is ranked eighth among Class 3A teams. Trevahn Foster paced the Crusaders with 17 points, Iyan Hristov had 11 points and Nathan Sternenberg scored 10.

    ST. MARY’S (60): Hristov 11, Banton 8, Okeyia 8, Conner 0, Reynolds 4, Rajagopal 2, Sternenberg 10, Foster 17. Totals: 26 4-8 60.

    PHOENIX (63): Martinez 2, Serna 2, Goff 0, Hutsell 11, Mendez 3, Stella 4, Watts 18, Ortega 16, Stanfield 7. Totals: 23 7-10 63.

    St. Mary’s8121723— 60

    Phoenix16161615— 63

    3-point goals — St. Mary’s 4 (Hristov 3, Banton 1), Phoenix 10 (Hutsell 1, Mendez 1, Watts 4, Ortega 3, Stanfield 1).

    CORBETT 52, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 50: At Tigard, sophomore Donminic Lewis knocked down four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points in a losing cause for Cascade Christian at the Westside Winter Jam at Westside High.

    The Challengers (0-3) had their chances at earning their first win this season but went scoreless on their final three possessions, including a turnover down one point with 12 seconds remaining.

    Sophomore Nathan Spurlock and freshman Cody Reece each had nine points for Cascade Christian, which trailed by as much as 10 points in the fourth quarter before taking the lead with two minutes to play.

    Dylan Paintner had 20 points to lead Corbett (2-2).

    CORBETT (52): Jo. Newton 11, Dennerline 2, Paintner 20, Horvath 9, Ja. Newton 2, Wright 2, Zeise 6. Totals: 19 11-18 52.

    CASCADE CHRISTIAN (50): Reece 9, Sciapiti 1, Schaan 8, Lewis 14, Collom 6, Sample 3, Brehm 0, Spurlock 9, Flenner 0. Totals: 19 6-9 50.

    Corbett1991410— 52

    Cascade Christian1711616— 50

    3-point goals — Corbett 3 (Jo. Newton 2, Paintner 1), Cascade Christian 6 (Reece 1, Schaan 1, Lewis 4). Fouled out — Ja. Newton.

    RV ADVENTIST 51, GLENDALE 28: Rogue Valley Adventist played the fourth quarter with only four players and still managed to pull out the nonleague win.

    RVA had six available players, but one was injured and another fouled out.

    The Red Tail Hawks (3-0) got 22 points, 14 rebounds and nine steals from Isaiah Christensen and nine points and six rebounds from Caleb Jackson before he injured a wrist.

    Chris Alvarez and Ruben Tovar each scored eight.

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