• North Valley downs Phoenix for Skyline's top seed

  • MERLIN — Kevin Brazille proved to be the trump card for North Valley in the Skyline Conference boys basketball championship game against Phoenix Saturday.

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  • MERLIN — Kevin Brazille proved to be the trump card for North Valley in the Skyline Conference boys basketball championship game against Phoenix Saturday.
    While North Valley possesses the advantage inside with 6-foot-5 senior Jake Herklotz and 6-8 JJ Chirnside, the Pirates have the dynamic perimeter duo of Tyler Dungannon and Alex Young.
    But it was Brazille, a junior point guard, that proved to be the difference as the Knights defeated Phoenix, 73-62. He scored 19 points to lead four North Valley (23-2) players in double figures and had five assists.
    "Kevin Brazille makes it work for us," said North Valley coach Jeff Nelson. "He had a great game shooting, penetrating and playing defense. He's a motivated individual."
    It was North Valley's third victory in four meetings this season against No. 5 Phoenix (20-5).
    Both teams will host a Class 4A play-in game this week against a Far West League opponent.
    "We came out with a high energy level," said Nelson, whose team is tied for third with Roosevelt in the coaches poll. "We moved the ball around and got some open looks. We handled their defensive pressure really well. You have to do that against Phoenix."
    The Knights received 17 points and 13 rebounds from Herklotz and Chirnside contributed 13 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.
    Dungannon paced the Pirates with 29 points and Young poured in 22 points to go with 10 rebounds and eight assists.
    Phoenix stayed close for most of the game and cut the Knights' advantage to four points late in the third quarter.
    "Every time we made a run, they answered the call and were able to stretch it back out to seven or 10," said Phoenix coach Glenn Johannes. "They hit big shots at moments when they had to. Our kids stayed determined to keep plugging away."
    PHOENIX (62) — Dungannon 29, Young 22, Keith 4, Richardson 4, Carpenter 3, Campoy 0, Brown 0, Loper 0, Morris 0. Totals: 25 7-9 62.
    NORTH VALLEY (73) — Brazille 19, Herklotz 17, Chirnside 13, Vandehey 11, Dean 6, Lyon 3, McCue 2, Mooney 2, Rusk 0. Totals: 27 13-20 73.
    Phoenix 11 17 17 17 — 62
    North Valley 19 14 19 21 — 73
    3-point goals — Phoenix 5 (Dungannon 4, Carpenter 1), North Valley 6 (Brazille 3, Vandehey 2, Lyon 1). Technical foul — Phoenix coach Johannes.
    CRATER 74, ASHLAND 51 — On Senior Night, senior Jordan Douglas had a monster game to lead Crater, with 20 points, eight rebounds and five steals in the nonconference affair.
    He scored 15 of his points in the first half, when the Comets (7-16) raced to a 36-17 lead.
    Justin Martin tallied 17 points and Tanner Jaasko 10 in the win. Derek Rodman contributed six assists.
    Billy Hansen scored 18 points for the Grizzlies (10-13). He made five 3-pointers.
    Crater plays a 6A state play-in game at McMinnville next Saturday.
    The 5A postseason breakdown won't be determined until Wednesday.
    ASHLAND (51) — Carroll 7, Atteberry 0, Sager 1, Finch 6, Hansen 18, Pelagio 3, Freed-Good 4, Lime 0, Schlecht 7, Smeenk 0, Hodge 1, Skinner 4. Totals: 16 12-20 51.
    CRATER (74) — Douglas 20, Stewart 3, Erskine 1, Rodman 4, A. Martin 0, J. Martin 17, Bennett 0, Marineau 2, Dismukes 7, Jaasko 10, Lane 2, Orosco 0, Morgan 8. Totals: 27 16-22 74.
    Ashland 8 9 15 19 — 51
    Crater 16 20 17 21 — 74
    3-point goals — Ashland 7 (Hansen 5, Pelagio 1, Schlecht 1), Crater 4 (J. Martin 3, Stewart 1). Fouled out — Skinner.
    JV result — Crater won.
    CASCADE CHRISTIAN 45, ILLINOIS VALLEY 40 — Alex Miller made two free throws with 3.3 seconds left to seal the Southern Cascade Hybrid playoff victory for host Cascade Christian.
    After the Challengers missed the front ends of two one-and-one free throw opportunities, Illinois Valley (11-14) got a 3-pointer from Tyler Robbins to pull within 43-40 with seven seconds to play. Miller then cashed in for Cascade Christian (20-4).
    David Sellers had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Challengers, while Illinois Valley was led by Joshua Free's 12 points.
    Both teams advance to the Class 3A playoffs next Saturday. Cascade Christian hosts Burns and Illinois Valley visits Dayton.
    ILLINOIS VALLEY (40) — C. Robbins 6, Hults 8, T. Robbins 8, Free 12, Epple 3, Welch 3, McLaughlin 0. Totals: 16-41 6-12 40.
    CASCADE CHRISTIAN (45) — Siliga 8, Sha 0, Morse 5, Joffer 4, Miller 7, Sellers 21, Thompson 0, Cesaro 0. Totals: 19-52 7-13 45.
    Illinois Valley 6 10 11 13 — 40
    Cascade Christian 13 6 9 17 — 45
    3-point goals — Illinois Valley 2-9 (T. Robbins 1, Welch 1).
    TRIAD 51, ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 42 — At Klamath Falls, Caleb Allen had 23 points and 13 rebounds for top seed Rogue Valley Adventist, but Triad won the Mountain Valley League playoff between the top two teams.
    Triad earned a first-round state playoff bye while RVA (22-4) is host to Powers (11-9) on Wednesday.
    TRIAD (51) — Ovgard 6, Brain 5, Holland 18, B. Briscoe 4, J. Briscoe 2, McGrew 16. Totals: 22-44 3-11 51.
    ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST (42) — Neufeld 4, Alvarez 2, Gilley 7, Allen 23, Pirelli 6. Totals: 16-44 10-11 42.
    Triad 9 14 15 13 — 51
    Rogue Valley Adventist 14 10 4 14 — 42
    3-point goals — Triad 4 (McGrew 4).
    CRATER 46, ASHLAND 33 — At Ashland, Kasidy Cobb scored 16 points and Kelly Ferris hit 5 of 6 shots and scored 10 points to go with her four rebounds as Crater (16-7) capped the regular season with its third win in a row and sixth in its last seven games.
    Brittaney Scott added nine points for the Comets and came up with six steals, and Shelby Owen had five steals.
    Allison Shulenberger scored nine points and Taylor Zehren and Sarah Pavlich added seven apiece to lead the Grizzlies (13-10).
    The Comets led by two points at halftime before outscoring Ashland 30-19 the rest of the way.
    CRATER (46) — Owen 2, B. Heard 0, Hampson 0, Cobb 16, Scott 9, Guthrie 0, Young 4, Ferris 10, Thompson 2, Gavin 0, Baily 3. Totals: 19-41 4-8 46.
    ASHLAND (33) — Shulenberger 9, Sad. Kasiah 0, Sar. Kasiah 6, Minor 2, Williams 2, Zehren 7, Pavlich 7, Thornton 0. Totals: 13-36 6-8 33.
    Crater 9 7 14 16 — 46
    Ashland 9 5 7 12 — 33
    3-point goals — Crater 4-11 (Cobb 2, Scott 1, Baily 1), Ashland 1-9 (Zehren 1).
    JV score — Crater 51, Ashland 39.
    KLAMATH UNION 47, PHOENIX 40 — At Klamath Union, Phoenix sophomore Baylee Toney had 13 points, 15 rebounds and five steals, but the Pirates faltered in the fourth quarter of the Skyline Conference third-fourth seeding game.
    Phoenix (11-14) took a one-point lead with five minutes to go in the game before missing five free throws and turning the ball over three times down the stretch.
    Jackie Gardner scored 14 points to lead Klamath Union.
    PHOENIX (40) — Ramirez 12, D. Tally 1, Hamilton 8, Toney 13, Skaff 6, Wyncoop 0, B. Tally 0, Brown 0, Serrano 0. Totals: 11 15-29 40.
    KLAMATH UNION (47) — Gardner 14, Glassow 4, Mee 4, Armstrong 12, Porter 15, Rice 0, Newman 0, Stoliker 0. Totals: 18 8-15 47.
    Phoenix 11 3 17 9 — 40
    Klamath Union 10 12 8 17 — 47
    3-point goals — Phoenix 3 (Ramirez 3), Klamath Union 3 (Porter). Fouled out — Ramirez, D. Tally.
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