BOYS BASKETBALL: St. Mary's keeps playoff hopes alive


    St. Mary's junior Tre Foster, shown shooting over Cascade Christian defenders last Friday, played a key role in upending Sutherlin on Tuesday. (PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)

    The St. Mary’s boys basketball team overcame Sutherlin’s scorching start with stifling second-half defense to stay alive in the playoff picture with a critical 47-40 Far West League victory in its regular-season finale Tuesday at St. Mary’s High School.

    The win allowed the Crusaders (12-12, 6-4 FWL) to move into a tie with Cascade Christian (8-16, 6-4) for third place in the FWL. The two teams will square off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Phoenix High School to decide the No. 3 seed, who will then travel to play second-place Brookings-Harbor for an automatic berth in the Class 3A state playoffs.

    The FWL champion Bulldogs (14-8, 7-3), who were minus three starters due to suspension, knocked down six 3-pointers in the first half and went into halftime with a 29-22 advantage.

    That’s when the Crusaders put the clamps on defensively, holding Sutherlin to just 11 second-half points.

    Gavin Rajagopal dropped in 12 of his 14 points on four first-half 3-pointers to keep the Crusaders afloat.

    Tre Foster generated nine points, seven rebounds and seven blocks for the Crusaders, Iyan Hristov added nine points and Cody Conner knocked down two vital free throws down the stretch to ward off Sutherlin.

    SUTHERLIN (40): Horn 2, Hope 16, Cervantes 0, Davis 2, Stinnett 11, Bodine 2, Bailey 7, Smalley 0. Totals: 14 4-7 40.

    ST. MARY’S (47): Hristov 9, Kaeo-Wailehua 4, Young 0, Okeyia 6, Conner 2, Reynolds 1, Rajagopal 14, Sternenberg 2, Snyder 0, Foster 9. Totals: 16 9-18 47.

    Sutherlin141565— 40

    St. Mary’s148916— 47

    3-point goals — Sutherlin 8 (Hope 5, Stinnett 3). Fouled out — Stinnett.

    GRANTS PASS 63, SOUTH MEDFORD 48: At Grants Pass, Jude Pannell led three South Medford players in double figures but an early deficit loomed too large for the Panthers in the Southwest Conference clash.

    Pannell finished with 12 points while teammates Sherman Hunter and Keegan Losinski each added 10 points for South Medford (2-19, 1-6 SWC).

    Taylor Anderson scored all 13 of his points in the first half for Grants Pass (7-14, 3-4), which took a 33-16 lead into intermission.

    SOUTH MEDFORD (48): Hunter 10, Shepard 3, DeBoer 1, Bottero 5, Gaut 3, Harmon 2, Pannell 12, Losinski 10, Dye 2, Ramsay 0. Totals: 18 6-7 48.

    GRANTS PASS (63): Rich 9, Lopez 9, C. Anderson 2, Law 0, Coyle 6, T. Anderson 13, Maravilla 3, Kelley 4, Lackey 0, Clark 10, Alderson 0, Bellum 7. Totals: 21 15-18 63.

    South Medford1061022— 48

    Grants Pass18151515— 63

    3-point goals — South Medford 6 (Hunter 2, Shepard 1, Bottero 1, Gaut 1, Pannell 1), Grants Pass 6 (Rich 1, T. Anderson 2, Maravilla 1, Bellum 2).

    JV result — Grants Pass won.

    MAZAMA 64, PHOENIX 51: At Phoenix, Phoenix played Mazama tough but the Vikings used Javon Hall’s 24 points and a big fourth quarter to pull away.

    The Pirates (11-11, 2-6 Skyline Conference) trailed the Vikings 43-39 heading into the fourth quarter but Mazama (10-10, 5-3) outscored Phoenix 21-12 in the frame.

    Braeden Watts and Nico Ortega dropped in 12 points apiece for the Pirates, and Adrian Stanfield chipped in 10.

    MAZAMA (64): Hall 24, Brosterhous 11, Luna 6, Healy 10, Lee 8, Kasper 5. Totals: 25 10-11 64.

    PHOENIX (51): Martinez 5, Serna 2, Goff 2, Hutsell 0, Jenkins 2, Clayton 0, Mendez 0, Stella 3, Watts 12, Ortega 12, Beer 3, Stanfield 10, Tuenge 0. Totals: 19 6-8 51.

    Mazama14121721— 64

    Phoenix11121612— 51

    3-point goals — Mazama 4 (Hall 3, Brosterhous 1), Phoenix 7 (Ortega 4, Watts 2, Beer 1).

    BROOKINGS-HARBOR 56, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 38: At Brookings, Cascade Christian was unable to overcome a slow start and Brookings-Harbor closed the regular season with a Far West League win.

    The loss dropped the Challengers (8-16, 6-4 FWL) into a third-place tie with St. Mary’s, forcing a tiebreaker seeding game to be played at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Phoenix High School. The winner of that game will then face second-place Brookings-Harbor (14-8, 7-3) for an automatic Class 3A state playoff berth.

    Layne Collom led the Challengers with 13 points and knocked down three 3-pointers. Donminic Lewis added eight points.

    CASCADE CHRISTIAN (38): Reece 4, Sciapiti 0, Crowl 3, Schaan 2, Miller 2, Coppedge 0, Lewis 8, Collom 13, Sample 1, Spurlock 2, Brehm 0, Flenner 3. Totals: 13 6-11 38.

    BROOKINGS-HARBOR (56): L. Beaman 5, Holler 13, A. Fronckowiak 4, Mills 2, Vanginderen 2, E. Fronckowiak 4, Christensen 2, J. Beaman 2, Bonde 13, Badger 0, Burger 3, Schofield 6. Totals: 22 12-16 56.

    Cascade Christian881012— 38

    Brookings-Harbor14181212— 56

    3-point goals — Cascade Christian 6 (Collom 3, Crowl 1, Lewis 1, Flenner 1).

    CHILOQUIN 77, PROSPECT 26: At Chiloquin, Prospect dropped to 0-15 in Mountain Valley League play and 1-22 overall with the loss. Chiloquin improved to 4-12 in league and 5-15 overall.

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