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ROSEBURG — The final moments of Friday's game against Roseburg stung double for the Crater boys basketball team.
After Andrew Weber gave the Indians a tiebreaking basket with 5.8 seconds left, Crater's plea for a timeout went unseen by officials as time expired and host Roseburg locked down a 49-47 Southern Oregon Hybrid victory.
Weber's contested, leaning baseline jumper gave the Indians the final say after the Comets rallied late in the fourth quarter to tie the game.
As the ball went through the net, Crater coach John Parent said he and his assistant coaches and players tried to call a timeout but it was not granted by the officials, who were watching the inbounds play as time expired.
"It was the most unbelievable thing I've ever seen in my life as a coach," Parent said. "I don't want to take anything away from the kids, but it just wasn't right. We were screaming for a timeout at midcourt, jumping up and down while 5.8 ran off the clock. My assistants were all yelling and I was yelling."
Crater and Roseburg entered the fourth tied at 36-all but the Comets quickly fell behind by six and it stayed that way for much of the period.
With about a minute remaining, Evan Erskine and Connor Lane each turned steals into transition baskets for the Comets. Lane's bucket tied it at 47-all with eight seconds left.
On the Indians' ensuing possession, Weber splashed in the game-winner.
"It was a fantastic basketball game," Parent said. "Both teams played extremely well. We executed, they executed. It was a true war. This is the best I've seen a Crater basketball team in a first half. I couldn't be more proud of how they played. It's just unfortunate the way it ended."
Cody Dismukes paced the Comets (8-6, 2-2 SOH) with 15 points and seven rebounds. Lane tallied 13 points and Erskine added four assists.
Alex Johnson scored 15 points to lead the way for the first-place Indians, who improved to 3-0 in the SOH and 11-2 overall.
CRATER (47) — Dismukes 15, Bennett 5, Stewart 5, Erskine 2, Martin 0, Marineau 3, Jaasko 0, Lane 13, Reiter 2, Orozco 2, Gustafason 0. Totals: 20 4-6 47.
ROSEBURG (49) — A. Johnson 15, Seely 0, Reid 9, Lent 6, Groshong 7, Caylor 5, Weber 7. Totals: 19 7-10 49.
Crater 12 16 8 11 — 47
Roseburg 10 13 13 13 — 49
3-point goals — Crater 3 (Stewart 1, Marineau 1, Dismukes 1), Roseburg 4 (Reid 1, Johnson 1, Groshong 1, Caylor 1).
JV result — Roseburg won.
GRANTS PASS 47, EAGLE POINT 45 — At Grants Pass, Micah Johnson's two layups after steals in the final 70 seconds rallied Grants Pass in the nonleague game.
The Cavemen (4-8) held an eight point lead earlier in the fourth quarter but found themselves down by two and Eagle Point (10-5) had the ball with 1:10 remaining in the game.
Jake Busald's steal and a layin by Johnson tied the game 45-all. After an Eagles timeout with 15 seconds to go, Brian Luther came up with a steal with five seconds left and Johnson converted the winning basket just before the buzzer.
Busald, a sophomore guard, came off the bench to lead Grants Pass with 16 points. Drake Brennan, a junior post, pulled down a team-best 11 rebounds and Johnson added eight points and seven rebounds.
Eagle Point's trapping defense forced Grants Pass into 25 turnovers.
Senior guard Justin Hartman scored 14 points to lead three Eagle Point players in double figures.
EAGLE POINT (45) — Hartman 14, Barber 4, Quintero 11, Chavez 12, Zerger 2, Holmes 2, James 0, Morris 0, Dole 0. Totals: 18 5-7 45.
GRANTS PASS (47) — Busald 16, Johnson 8, Luther 9, McKinley 6, Meadows 5, Musser 2, Brennan 1, Brooks 0. Totals: 18 5-8 47.
Eagle Point 14 6 7 18 — 45
Grants Pass 14 8 11 14 — 47
3-point goals — Eagle Point 4 (Quintero 3, Hartman 1), Grants Pass 6 (Busald 4, McKinley 1, Meadows 1). Technical foul — Eagle Point coach Wood.
JV result — Grants Pass won.