• Big third quarter fuels Pirates' play-in victory

  • PHOENIX — Fifth-ranked Phoenix erupted for 33 points in the second quarter and pulled away from Sutherlin, 84-55, in a Class 4A boys basketball play-in game Saturday.
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  • PHOENIX — Fifth-ranked Phoenix erupted for 33 points in the second quarter and pulled away from Sutherlin, 84-55, in a Class 4A boys basketball play-in game Saturday.
    The defending state-champion Pirates (22-5) earned a round of 16 playoff contest next weekend against an opponent to be determined.
    Phoenix bolted to a 16-6 lead after one quarter, but Sutherlin (14-11) matched the Pirates point for point in the second and still trailed by 10 at halftime.
    "Basically, in the third quarter, we came out and played a little better defense," said Phoenix coach Glenn Johannes. "We picked up our intensity a little bit. We took advantage of some turnovers Sutherlin allowed us to have."
    Phoenix led 69-41 entering the fourth.
    Reserve Tyson Morris, who made three 3-pointers, scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half for the Pirates. The sophomore guard also had five rebounds and five assists.
    "He stepped up," said Johannes. "He was able to knock down some shots tonight."
    Alex Young paced Phoenix with 24 points and nine rebounds. He also had five assists and five steals.
    Tyler Dungannon scored 20, and Calvin Loper dished off seven assists.
    SUTHERLIN (55) — Martin 22, Sulffridge 11, Jensen 8, Wattman 6, Anspach 4, Eakin 2, C. Martineau 2, J. Martineau 0, Miller 0, Avery 0, Alatteo 0, Dickey 0, Tallier 0. Totals: 20 13-18 55.
    PHOENIX (84) — Young 24, Dungannon 20, Morris 15, T. Keith 7, Richardson 6, Brown 4, Carpenter 3, Hamilton 3, J. Keith 2, Loper 0, Campoy 0, Mayers 0. Totals: 32 10-11 84.
    Sutherlin 6 20 15 14 — 55
    Phoenix 16 20 33 15 — 84
    3-point goals — Sutherlin 2 (Jensen 2), Phoenix 10 (Dungannon 4, Morris 3, Young 1, Carpenter 1, Hamilton 1).
    NORTH VALLEY 80, BROOKINGS 58 — At Merlin, third-ranked North Valley ran its record to 24-2 in the Class 4A state play-in game.
    Dylan Vandehey scored 21 points and Jake Herklotz had 20 and five rebounds for the Knights, who led 20-6 after the first period. Cameron Lyon chipped in 10 points.
    Vandehey buried five 3-pointers for North Valley, which will next host a first-round state playoff game on March 3.
    BROOKINGS (58) — Carpening 19, Wood 16, Gotfried 7, Tate 5, Murray 3, Manley 3, J. Vaughn 2, Spratt 0, Dodd 0, D. Vaughn 0, Witwood 0. Totals: 21 7-9 58.
    NORTH VALLEY (80) — Vandehey 21, Herklotz 20, Lyon 11, Chirnside 8, Brazille 5, Rusk 4, Morsa 3, Dean 2, Beagley 2, McCue 2, Cheely 2, Mooney 0, Abbott 0, Ackerman 0. Totals: 34 3-4 80.
    Brookings 6 22 9 21 — 58
    North Valley 20 22 19 19 — 80
    3-point goals — Brookings 9 (Carpening 3, Wood 3, Murray 2, Manley 1), North Valley 9 (Vandehey 5, Lyon 3, Morsa 1).
    McMINNVILLE 49, CRATER 41 — At McMinnville, Crater cut a 13-point deficit to two with less than two minutes to go but missed five straight free throws down the stretch in the Class 6A state play-in game.
    Jordan Douglas scored 10 of his team-high 14 points in the fourth quarter and added three steals to lead the Comets (7-17). Cody Dismukes added six points and six rebounds, and Justin Martin had four assists, four rebounds and four steals.
    For McMinnville (13-11), Gage Gubrud scored 17 points and Turner Grimm 16.
    CRATER (41) — Stewart 2, Erskine 2, Rodman 0, A. Martin 0, J. Martin 6, Bennett 0, Marineau 0, Dismukes 6, Jaasko 7, Lane 2, Douglas 14, Morgan 2. Totals: 17 5-15 41.
    McMINNVILLE (49) — Geelan 2, Autncio 2, Gubrud 17, Grimm 16, Ramsey 0, Parker 2, Payne 7, Vicknair 3. Totals: 13 21-30 49.
    Crater 13 4 6 18 — 41
    McMinnville 11 10 15 13 — 49
    3-point goals — Crater 2 (J. Martin 1, Jaasko 1), McMinnville 2 (Gubrud 1, Payne 1). Fouled out — Payne. Technical foul — Payne.
    • EAGLE POINT 65, CRESCENT VALLEY 48 — At Eagle Point, the Eagles (16-9) won the Class 5A state play-in game and will play in a first-round playoff contest next week.
    • CASCADE CHRISTIAN 62, BURNS 48 — Seventh-ranked Cascade Christian outscored Burns 18-2 at the game's outset and advanced to the Class 3A state tournament.
    The Challengers (21-6) will open the eight-team tournament at 3:15 p.m. Thursday against fourth-ranked Santiam Christian (21-5) at Marshfield High in Coos Bay. Santiam Christian downed Glide, 52-19.
    David Sellers made 9 of 12 shots and led Cascade Christian with 22 points. Davis Siliga added five assists.
    Alex Miller scored eight of his 17 points in the big first quarter, which ended with the Challengers leading 22-8. Sellers scored seven in the frame.
    Kieran Colahan, a senior forward, poured in 29 for Burns.
    BURNS (48) — Martin 3, Pierce 0, Heinz 6, Colahan 29, Feist 4, Garner 4, Crafts 2, Ridenour 0. Totals: 16 11-18 48.
    CASCADE CHRISTIAN (62) — Siliga 7, Sha 0, Morse 7, Cheney 0, Coggins 1, Laws 0, Brown 0, Joffer 0, Miller 17, Sellers 22, Thompson 8, Cesaro 0. Totals: 23 15-22 62.
    Burns 8 14 12 14 — 48
    Cascade Christian 22 13 10 17 — 62
    3-point goals — Burns 5 (Martin 1, Heinz 2, Colahan 2), Cascade Christian 1 (Morse 1). Fouled out — Pierce, Cheney.
    DAYTON 78, ILLINOIS VALLEY 56 — At Dayton, the top-ranked Pirates (25-3) eased past Illinois Valley (11-15) in the Class 3A first-round state playoff game.
    Tyler Robbins scored 17 points to pace the Cougars, whose season ended.
    A.J. Hedgecock scored 25 for Dayton. He is the son of former Medford High star athlete Julie Vobora.
    ILLINOIS VALLEY (56) — T. Robbins 17, Hults 5, McLaughlin 4, Epple 5, Free 8, Welch 6, C. Robbins 9, Manning 2. Totals 20 12-16 56.
    DAYTON (78) — Hedgecock 25, Garcia 8, Bernard 24, Craig 6, Hyatt 3, Ostling 8, Hutchins 4. Totals 27 18-23 78.
    Illinois Valley 9 13 12 22 — 56
    Dayton 17 20 22 19 — 78
    3-point goals — Illinois Valley 4 (Hults 1, Epple 1, C. Robbins 1, T. Robbins 1), Dayton 6 (Hedgecock 3, Bernard 2, Garcia 1).
    ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 49, CRANE 48 — At Crane, 10th-ranked Rogue Valley Adventist got two big steals from Caleb Allen in the late going and earned a trip to the Class 1A state tournament next week in Baker.
    The victory by the Red Tail Hawks (24-4) came against a Crane program that had been to the tournament the previous four years.
    Allen, who had 20 points and 10 rebounds, made a steal and layup inside the final minute to put RVA on top, 49-48.
    As the Mustangs came back and worked for a final shot, Allen, a sophomore forward, again tipped the ball away. It was picked up by teammate Jonathan Alvarez, who passed ahead to Jonathan James. James missed a layup, but Crane didn't have time to retrieve it and get off a shot.
    Allen put the clamps on Crane's top player, Ryan Opie, after RVA's Micah Pirelli, who had been defending him, injured an ankle early in the fourth.
    Micah Neufeld scored 13 points for RVA, including a 3-pointer with a couple minutes left that pulled the Red Tail Hawks within one, 43-42. Jesse Gilley added 10 points. Alvarez had six assists and Neufeld five.
    The state tournament is Thursday through Saturday at Baker High in Baker City.
    ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST (49) — Neufeld 13, James 0, Alvarez 2, Gilley 10, Allen 20, Pirelli 4. Totals: 22-51 4-9 49.
    CRANE (48) — Miller 9, T. Opie 8, R. Opie 18, Maupin 6, Nyman 7. Totals: 18-51 6-10 48.
    Rogue Valley Adventist 10 14 8 17 — 49
    Crane 20 17 6 5 — 48
    3-point goals — Rogue Valley Adventist 1 (Neufeld 1), Crane 6 (Miller 3, Maupin 2, Nyman 1).
    RAINIER 57, ST. MARY'S 46 — At Rainier, Kaylea Knox scored 24 points and Rainier used an 8-0 run to take the lead for good early in the fourth quarter in a first-round Class 3A state playoff game.
    For St. Mary's (18-8), Emily Alvarez scored 19 points and Rose Alvarez had 13 points, four steals and three assists, but both fouled out in the fourth quarter as the Crusaders tried to get back in the game.
    Nina Console added nine rebounds, four offensive, for St. Mary's.
    ST. MARY'S (46) — DeBoer 0, E. Alvarez 19, Console 2, R. Alvarez 13, Harrie 0, Martin 6, Juncal 0, Vasey 2, Weiland 4, Eaton 0, Rothfus 0. Totals: 17 5-11 46.
    RAINIER (57) — Knox 24, Clarke 7, Faylors 0, Westlund 2, Coffman 6, Pedersen 0, Brazille 1, Thurston 4, Crape 13. Totals: 19 18-31 57.
    St. Mary's 7 20 8 11 — 46
    Rainier 12 13 8 24 — 57
    3-point goals — St. Mary's 7 (E. Alvarez 3, R. Alvarez 3, Martin 1), Rainier 1 (Knox 1). Fouled out — E. Alvarez, R. Alvarez, Crape.
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