• Cascade Christian opens with triumph

  • PHOENIX — Cascade Christian boys basketball coach Brian Morse wasn't in a hurry to start the season.

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  • PHOENIX — Cascade Christian boys basketball coach Brian Morse wasn't in a hurry to start the season.
    He figured the school's football team would make its typical deep run into the playoffs, so with much of his varsity roster on the gridiron, he waited until Thursday and the first round of the Phoenix Invitational.
    Cascade Christian, with nine players on the roster who helped the football team to the state title game, opened with a 59-43 defeat of Klamath Union. The Challengers face Crater at 5:30 p.m. today.
    Morse gave the football players a week off. They started practice Friday.
    "We're a little sloppy right now, but we'll get better," he said.
    Cascade Christian advanced to the state basketball tournament last year but it is made up mostly of juniors and sophomores. However, there's no shortage of talent or height.
    After a first half in which Klamath Union rallied to tie it, 24-24, at intermission, the Challengers pulled away with a 17-4 third-quarter blitz.
    "We had a little trouble attacking in the first half," Morse said of the Pelicans' 3-2 zone defense. "We made some adjustments in the second half and really started getting the ball inside to our posts."
    David Sellers, a 6-foot-7 junior, scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half. Senior guard Alex Miller had a terrific all-around game with 13 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
    The Challengers, who also have 6-5 Seth Knox in the middle, outrebounded KU by seven in the second half and 40-32 for the game.
    "We held them to one shot and crashed the boards a lot better" in the second half, said Morse.
    Alberto Aispuro scored 11 for Klamath Union.
    KLAMATH UNION (43) — Bell 2, Mitchell 2, Butler 9, Aispuro 11, Bradford 4, Depew 4, Willis 6, Paschel 5. Totals: 17 9-17 43.
    CASCADE CHRISTIAN (59) —Brown 5, Kammerzell 4, Joffer 7, Coggins 2, Knox 4, Miller 13, Sellers 15, Olson 4, Thompson 5. Totals: 25 8-10 59.
    Klamath Union 8 16 4 15 — 43
    Cascade Christian 11 13 17 18 — 59
    3-point goals — Cascade Christian 1 (Brown 1).
    CRATER 59, SOUTH UMPQUA 47 — At Phoenix, Connor Lane had 11 points and nine rebounds and Race Reiter nine points and seven boards as Crater advanced to the semifinals of the Phoenix Invitational.
    The Comets (1-3), who play Cascade Christian at 5:30 p.m. today, outscored South Umpqua 39-26 in the second half. Cody Dismukes led the second-half charge, scoring all 10 of his points after intermission while also contributing six rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
    Eric Johnson scored 13 points, all in the first half, to pace South Umpqua (4-3).
    SOUTH UMPQUA (47) — Ball 2, Yarbrough 6, Page 8, E. Johnson 13, Loper 2, Hollaway 4, B. Johnson 9, Phillips 3. Totals: 18 8-9 47.
    CRATER (59) — Bennett 0, Stewart 8, Erskine 9, Marineau 3, Dismukes 10, Lane 11, Reiter 9, Orozco 0, Gustafson 0, Morgan 9. Totals: 23 10-22 59.
    South Umpqua 7 14 9 17 — 47
    Crater 15 5 15 24 — 59
    3-point goals — South Umpqua 3 (E. Johnson 3), Crater 3 (Morgan 2, Maineau 1). Fouled out — Page.
    TAFT 46, PHOENIX 45, OT — At Phoenix, Ian Williams made two free throws with six seconds left to give Taft the win in the opening round of the Phoenix Invitational.
    The Pirates' Jason Wyncoop made a field goal at the buzzer, but he was just inside the 3-point line, leaving Phoenix one point short.
    Phoenix (2-2) trailed 44-43 with 19 seconds left but missed two free throws, setting up Williams at the other end.
    Hunter Mahaffey and Joey Raffensperger each scored 10 for the Pirates, who play St. Mary's at 4 p.m. today.
    Tyler Lopez had 19 for Taft.
    SUTHERLIN 75, ST. MARY'S 49 — At Phoenix, Kade Benton had 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists for St. Mary's in the Phoenix Invitational.
    The Crusaders (3-5) next play Phoenix today at 4 p.m.
    St. Mary's Michael Crennen chipped in eight points and Renzo Marchini seven.
    SUTHERLIN (75) — Cailler 11, Anspach 7, Mock 6, Martineau 6, Gukin 9, Jensen 16, Nabickas-Avery 4, Wattman 16, Hoobler 0. Totals: 27 11-19 75.
    ST. MARY'S (49) — Alvarez 4, Robino 6, Marchini 7, Gambee 4, Lewis 2, Benton 16, Eaton 1, Vinyard 1, Crennen 8, Conway 0, Chen 0, Li 0. Totals: 19 9-15 49.
    Sutherlin 22 11 17 25 — 75
    St. Mary's 9 15 13 12 — 49
    3-point goals — Sutherlin 6 (Martineau 2, Jensen 2, Wattman 1, Callier 1), St. Mary's 2 (Marchini 1, Gambee 1). Fouled out — Crennen.
    FRANKLIN 47, SOUTH MEDFORD 46 — At Red Bluff, Calif., Jesse Mondry scored 20 points and pulled down five rebounds but South Medford's comeback attempt fell short in the first round of the Red Bluff Holiday Classic.
    South's Mark Winans hit two free throws with 10 seconds to go to pull the Panthers (2-2) within two, but Franklin's Victor Rustin answered with two free throws with four seconds left to put the game out of reach. Mondry drained a 3 at the buzzer for the final score.
    Tristian Lallo added six points and eight rebounds, and Adrian Garcia six assists for the Panthers, who will face Pleasant Valley from Chico, Calif., this afternoon.
    Franklin of Elk Grove, Calif., was led by Angelo Bell-Lytell and Benson Osayande, who scored 10 points apiece.
    FRANKLIN (47) — Moscoso 2, Rustin 10, Braida 3, Bell-Lytell 0, Ezimora 1, Aziz 4, Vernon 3, Osayande 10, Lewis 4, Young 4, Timothy 6. Totals: 17 12-15 47.
    SOUTH MEDFORD (46) — Carpenter 0, Toreson 2, Garcia 5, Winans 2, Robertson 6, Orndoff 2, Massey 3, Mondry 20, Keepes 0, Monical 0, Lallo 6. Totals: 20 1-6 46.
    Franklin 10 8 14 15 — 47
    South Medford 5 12 10 19 — 46
    3-point goals — Franklin 1 (Braida 1), South Medford 5 (Robertson 2, Massey 1, Mondry 2).
    GOLD BEACH 73, ROGUE RIVER 65 — At Rogue River, Garret Litterell made five 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 31 points and Dustin Carter finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds for Gold Beach.
    Senior Andy Valencia finished with 23 points, five assists and five steals for Rogue River (1-5).
    GOLD BEACH (73) — Belanio 0, Litterell 31, Carter 24, Pearson 2, Hensley 1, Robison 7, Dolan 8, Edwards 0. Totals: 26 15-27 73.
    ROGUE RIVER (65) — Valencia 23, Cambell 10, Donahue 17, McFetridge 0, Ehrhardt 5, Murphy 0, Strickland 5, Schmidt 2, Milligan 0, Gretz 3, Lawson 0. Totals: 25 7-16 65.
    Gold Beach 14 21 19 19 — 73
    Rogue River 18 9 21 17 — 65
    3-point goals — Gold Beach 6 (Litterall 5, Robison 1), Rogue River 8 (Valencia 4, Cambell 1, Donahue 1, Erhardt 1, Strickland 1). Fouled out — Donahue. Technical foul — Belanio.
    JV score — Rogue River 48, Gold Beach 29.
    ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 51, HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 44 — At Klamath Falls, Caleb Allen had 24 points and 11 rebounds and also stepped up defensively as Rogue Valley Adventist remained undefeated in its Mountain Valley League opener despite using only five players for the second game in a row.
    Micah Neufeld added 12 points, four rebounds and three assists for the Red Tail Hawks (5-0, 1-0 MVL).
    RV ADVENTIST (51) — Petray 3, Neufeld 12, James 6, Alvarez 6, Allen 24. Totals: 17-54 15-18 51.
    HOSANNA CHRISTIAN (44) — T. Cole 8, M. Cole 0, Crenshaw 0, Lockwood 3, Herting 9, Janecke 6, Kensler 2, Martin 16. Totals: 19-67 4-8 44.
    RV Adventist 13 9 16 13 — 51
    Hosanna 14 5 12 13 — 44
    3-point goals — RV Adventist 2 (Neufeld 2), Hosanna Christian 2 (Martin 2).
    DEL NORTE 52, ILLINOIS VALLEY 46 — At Cave Junction, Chaise Robbins finished with 26 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for Illinois Valley (2-4).
    DEL NORTE (52) — Gruden 22, Maready 4, Pease 2, Ovick 1, Carpenter 2, Fitch 4, Westbrook 7, DeArman 10. Totals: 18 10-14 52.
    ILLINOIS VALLEY (46) — Robbins 26, Sanchez 1, Epple 2, Welch 15, Davis 2. Totals: 17 9-17 46.
    Del Norte 13 16 14 9 — 52
    Illinois Valley 7 15 8 16 — 46
    3-point goals — Del Norte 6 (Gruden 6), Illinois Valley 3 (Welch 2, Robbins 1). Fouled out — Sanchez.
    JV result — Del Norte won.
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