BOYS BASKETBALL: Thurston pressure hurts Crater


    Two basketball players in action in gym in lights

    CENTRAL POINT — Crater got off to a fast start against defending Class 5A boys basketball state champion Thurston.

    But the undefeated Colts used their pressure defense to take control en route to a 50-44 victory in Midwestern League play Friday at the Comets’ gym.

    Thurston (6-0, 1-0 MWL) defeated Crater 71-57 in last year’s state semifinals.

    Crater (4-3, 1-1) jumped out to a seven-point advantage after the opening quarter, then Thurston blitzed the Comets 15-2 in the second period.

    “Thurston’s pressure kind of got to us in the second quarter,” said Crater coach Chris Schmerbach. “We fell away from our game plan. We turned the ball over six or seven times and that led to some easy ones for them and kept us out of our rhythm.”

    Senior wing Nathan Horton sparked Crater with 12 points and leading scorer Nate Bittle was limited to 10.

    Bittle had a difficult night shooting from the field (5-for-18) but pulled down 12 rebounds, dished out four assists and had three blocks before fouling out late.

    The Comets held Isaac Lange scoreless in the first half, then the Colts’ senior guard went off for 18 after intermission.

    Crater cut Thurston’s lead to three in the third quarter.

    THURSTON (50): Crist 7, Muggy 0, Bryant 15, Alonzo 2, Stranieri 2, White 0, Lange 18, Miller 6, Starck 0. Totals: 20 6-10 50.

    CRATER (44): Horton 12, Bittle 10, Edwards 7, Chubb 6, Jaasko 4, Eaton 3, Johnson 2, Ray 0. Totals: 17 4-6 44.

    Thurston5151317— 50

    Crater1221416— 44

    3-point goals — Thurston 4 (Crist 1, Bryant 1, Lang 2), Crater 8 (Horton 2, Bittle 1, Edwards 1, Chubb 2, Jaasko 1, Eaton 1). Fouled out — Bittle.

    GOLDEN VALLEY 58, SOUTH MEDFORD 53: At Red Bluff, Calif., South Medford’s Sherman Hunter tied the score with two minutes to play on a 3-pointer, but Golden Valley, of Merced, California, pulled away late in the Red Bluff Holiday Classic.

    Hunter’s 3 tied it at 53, but Avery Townsel made a 3-pointer for Golden Valley a minute later, and Etrell Bowers drained two free throws with six seconds left.

    Hunter made five 3s and scored 21 points for the Panthers (0-6). Jake Ramsay tallied 11 points, and Jude Pannell had six rebounds and three steals.

    SOUTH MEDFORD (53): Hunter 21, Shepard 6, DeBoer 4, Bottero 2, Smith 0, Sleezer 3, Harmon 2, Pannell 4, Ramsay 11. Totals: 22 4-8 53.

    GOLDEN VALLEY (58): Fernandez 14, Bowers 12, Livesay 5, Daniel 4, Croninger 2, Nole 10, Kahlon 2, Townsel 9, Sanchez 0. Totals: 25 6-10 58.

    South Medford1791512— 53

    Golden Valley19101217— 58

    3-point goals — South Medford 5 (Hunter 5), Golden Valley 2 (Bowers 1, Townsel 1).

    SPRINGFIELD 38, EAGLE POINT 36: At Springfield, Springfield’s Zach Brown scored from close range as the buzzer sounded and Eagle Point dropped its Midwestern League opener.

    The Eagles (2-5) got two free throws to tie it from Logan Esquibel before Brown, a 6-foot-6 post, worked inside for the Millers (4-2).

    Devin Bradd paced Eagle Point with 10 points. Hadyen Neyt, who scored eight, and Esquibel, who tallied seven, each had nine rebounds.

    EAGLE POINT (36): Kendrick 2, Shaffer 2, McGarrell 7, Neyt 8, Esquibel 7, Bradd 10, McHugh 0, Gorman 0. Totals: 11 12-15 36.

    SPRINGFIELD (38): Hill 6, Peterson 2, Sorber 3, Jo. Carrillo 8, Brown 19, Smallwood 0, Ja. Carrillo 0, Grousbeck 0, Vega 0, Smith 0. Totals: 16 5-9 38.

    Eagle Point16758— 36

    Springfield108146— 38

    3-point goals — Eagle Point 2 (McGarrell 2), Springfield 1 (Sorber 1).

    JV result — Springfield 56, Eagle Point 24.

    WILLAMETTE 69, ASHLAND 43: At Eugene, Ashland scored the game’s first 10 points, but Willamette closed the first half on a 40-15 run as the Wolverines rolled to the Midwestern League win.

    Ashland (3-3, 0-1 MWL), which had a two-game winning streak snapped, got 16 points from KJ Pippa. Gabe Ekwall added 11.

    ASHLAND (43): Pippa 16, Wallner-Sentle 4, Ekwall 11, Hanks 0, Sanford 1, Saulsbury 5, Swenson 2, Carter 0, Desmond 0, Barnes 2, Harris 2. Totals: 15 5-14 43.

    WILLAMETTE (69): Culver 6, Woods 14, Yanez 0, Brown 0, Thompson 0, Cross 12, Puckett 2, Burke 0, Moffatt 0, Smith 21, Curtis 14. Totals: 24 12-19 69.

    Ashland1312711—43

    Willamette21191712— 69

    3-point goals — Ashland 4 (Wallner-Sentle 1, Ekwall 2, Saulsbury 1), Willamette 6 (Woods 2, Cross 3, Smith 1.

    PHOENIX 84, SOUTH UMPQUA 56: At Murphy, Braeden Watts scored 23 points, Nico Ortega 20 and the two combined for nine of Phoenix’s 11 3-pointers in the Evergreen Tournament at Hidden Valley High.

    The Pirates improved to 5-1 and scored 75 or more points for the fourth time. They led 49-28 at halftime.

    Ortega made six 3s and Watts three. Ethan Hutsell scored 11, and Logan Jenkins added the team’s other two 3s.

    SOUTH UMPQUA (56): Z. Wilson 16, Thatcher 6, Lee 7, Roberts 18, Johnson 4, Lamm 4, E. Wilson 1. Totals: 20 4-8 56.

    PHOENIX (84): Martinez 4, Goff 6, Hutsell 11, Jenkins 6, Mendez 2, Stella 6, Watts 23, Ortega 20, Beer 2, Stanfield 2, Tuengue 2. Totals: 34 5-7 84.

    South Umpqua1414721— 56

    Phoenix26231619— 84

    3-point goals — South Umpqua 12 (Z. Wilson 5, Lee 1, Roberts 4, Johnson 1, Lamm 1), Phoenix 11 (Jenkins 2, Watts 3, Ortega 6).

    CASCADE CHRISTIAN 58, FALL RIVER 45: At Murphy, Kiegan Schaan had the hot hand early as Cascade Christian won its first game of the season in the Evergreen Tournament at Hidden Valley High.

    Schaan scored nine of his 12 points and the Challengers (1-4) took a 24-6 lead after one quarter.

    Layne Collom scored 18 points and Dominic Lewis 13 for Cascade Christian.

    CASCADE CHRISTIAN (58): Reece 7, Sciapiti 3, Schaan 12, Jackson 0, Lewis 13, Collom 18, Sample 0, Spurlock 5, Flenner 0. Totals: 19 13-20 58.

    FALL RIVER (45): Dobson 4, Boyes 0, L. Imiguez 1, A. Imiguez 2, Small 8, Perez 0, Meeker 7, Kask 13, Howard 0, Heringer 0, Oilar 8, Barrios 2. Totals: 18 8-18 45.

    Cascade Christian24101311— 58

    Fall River622125— 45

    3-point goals — Cascade Christian (Reece 2, Schaan 2, Lewis 2, Collom 1), Fall River 1 (Kask 1). Technical foul — Meeker.

    HIDDEN VALLEY 72, ST. MARY’S 51: At Murphy, St. Mary’s was plagued by 25 turnovers in the Evergreen Tournament at Hidden Valley High School.

    St. Mary’s balanced attack was led by junior guard Iyan Hristov with 10 points and three other players scored nine points each.

    Hidden Valley (3-3) hurt the Crusaders’ (4-3) cause by corralling 21 offensive rebounds.

    ST. MARY’S (51): Hristov 10, Kaeo-Wailehua 0, Young 0, Banton 9, Okeyia 4, Conner 1, Reynolds 0, Hadley 0 Rajagopal 0, Snyder 5, Foster 9, Sternenberg 9. Totals: 18 10-18 51.

    HIDDEN VALLEY (72): Tanner 10, Harry 2, McLean 9, Noga 2, Byrd 2, McGinnis 16, Blanton 12, Wright 10, Hagerty 2, Iwamizu 7. Totals: 25 14-18 72.

    St. Mary’s791322— 51

    Hidden Valley16141923— 72

    3-point goals — St. Mary’s 5 (Hristov 1, Blanton 1, Synder 1, Sternenberg 2), Hidden Valley 8 (Tanner 2, McLean 1, McGinnis 4, Iwamizu 1). Technical foul — St. Mary’s bench.

    JV result — St Mary’s 59, Hidden Valley 46.

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