• Challengers roll to win

  • St. Mary's stayed close for the first two quarters but once Cascade Christian got its transition game in gear the Crusaders could not keep up Friday night.

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  • St. Mary's stayed close for the first two quarters but once Cascade Christian got its transition game in gear the Crusaders could not keep up Friday night.
    The fifth-ranked Challengers clinched at least a share of the Southern Cascade Hybrid boys basketball title with a 64-35 home victory.
    It's the seventh time in eight years the Challengers (15-5, 6-0 SCH) have secured a conference championship.
    St. Mary's (7-15, 3-4) trailed 26-16 at intermission but were outscored by 29 points during the final two periods.
    "In the second half we came out with big-time intensity and forced a lot of turnovers that got our fastbreak rolling," said Cascade Christian coach Brian Morse. "They didn't get very many good looks."
    The Challengers caused 13 turnovers in the second half.
    Cascade received strong defensive efforts from sophomore Cody Coggins and senior Troy Thompson, who held St. Mary's top two scorers — Kade Benton and Connor Vinyard — to a combined nine points.
    "Those two guys played phenomenal pressure defense," said Morse.
    Senior Alex Miller scored 17 points and David Sellers, a junior post, added 16 to pace the Challengers' attack.
    Michael Crennan scored 10 points to lead St. Mary's.
    Cascade Christian hosts No. 7 Harrisburg (15-4) in a nonleague game at 1 p.m. today.
    ST. MARY'S (35) — Crennan 10, Benton 8, Lewis 7, Gambee 5, Robino 0, Conway 0, Eaton 2, Li 2, Vinyard 1. Totals: 10 13-19 35.
    CASCADE CHRISTIAN (64) — Brown 9, Laws 0, Joffer 4, Coggins 7, Ragan 0, Knox 1, Alvarez 0, Olson 2, Thompson 4, Cesaro 4. Totals: 25 11-17 64.
    St. Mary's 11 5 8 11 — 35
    Cascade Christian 16 10 19 19 — 64
    3-point goals — St. Mary's 2 (Gambee 1, Crennan 1), Cascade Christian 3 (Brown 1, Coggins 2). Fouled out — Benton.
    JV result — Cascade Christian won.
    ILLINOIS VALLEY 55, ROGUE RIVER 53, OT — At Cave Junction, Rogue River grabbed a quick four-point lead in overtime but Illinois Valley rallied to edge the Chieftains and pick up its first Southern Cascade Hybrid victory.
    The Chieftains (8-13, 2-5 SCH) had a chance to win the game in regulation but missed a go-ahead attempt on a lob pass at the basket on an inbounds play with three-tenths of a second remaining.
    Shawn Donahue went for 24 points and nine rebounds for the Chieftains and Andy Valencia added 11 points and six rebounds. Chris Campbell pitched in eight points and six boards.
    Chaise Robbins knocked down five of his eight free-throw attempts in overtime while leading the Cougars (6-14, 1-5) with 19 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.
    The Cougars' Zach Welch contributed 15 points and seven rebounds and Mack Epple corralled 10 boards to go with his nine points.
    ROGUE RIVER (53) — Valencia 11, Campbell 8, Donahue 24, Ehrhardt 8, Strickland 0, Perston 0, Gretz 2, Lawson 0. Totals: 22 7-16 53.
    ILLINOIS VALLEY (55) — Hoelzle 1, Sanchez 2, Epple 9, Welch 15, Robbins 19, Davis 7, Doyle 0, Worly 2. Totals: 22 9-23 55.
    Rogue River 11 10 8 19 5 — 53
    Illinois Valley 15 10 8 15 7 — 55
    3-point goals — Rogue River 2 (Valencia 2), Illinois Valley 2 (Welch 2).
    JV score — Rogue River 59, Illinois Valley 30.
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