Cascade Christian's boys basketball team got off on the right foot Tuesday, taking a 19-point lead into the second half en route to a 78-39 rout of Rogue River in the season opener for both teams.

Cascade Christian's boys basketball team got off on the right foot Tuesday, taking a 19-point lead into the second half en route to a 78-39 rout of Rogue River in the season opener for both teams.

Coming off a season in which the Challengers won the Class 2A crown, Cascade Christian coach Brian Morse is well aware of the target on his team's back. A bump up to the 3A level hasn't changed things, with the Challengers put in the No. 2 spot in the first poll of the season.

On Tuesday, the local boys did nothing to damage that reputation as they used their superior height and athleticism to cruise past the 4A Chieftains at The Pavilion.

"What kinda opened it up for us is we started getting our transition game going and it led to some easy baskets," said Cascade Christian coach Brian Morse. "They were running with us, but we probably converted more often."

Junior forward Scott Morse and 6-foot-5 senior forward Jeremy Cheney each scored 20 points to lead the Challengers. Morse, who stands 6-6, and senior post Justin Duchien (6-7) each pulled down 10 rebounds, while point guard Jared Hess got into the act with nine rebounds and eight assists.

As a team, Cascade Christian had 21 offensive rebounds and 39 overall.

"Our big guys did a good job inside," said coach Morse. "(Rogue River) had a tough time because we were cleaning up on the offensive boards pretty good."

Carson Frantz scored 15 points to pace the Chieftains, who fell behind 18-9 after one quarter and 36-17 by intermission.

Sophomore guard Ben Joffer also added nine points for Cascade Christian.

ROGUE RIVER (39) — Frantz 15, Schoner 4, White 5, Lee 2, Mitchell 8, Johnson 0, Watson 3, Jones 2. Totals: 12 14-26 39.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (78) — Morse 20, Cheney 20, Duchien 12, Shaw 4, Hess 3, Kinney 3, Joffer 9, Ayala 3, Litton 1, Thomas 2. Totals: 34 7-12 78.

Rogue River 8 9 15 7 — 39

Cascade Christian 18 18 16 26 — 78

3-point goals — Rogue River 1 (Mitchell 1), Cascade Christian 3 (Cheney 2, Joffer 1).

JV result — Cascade Christian won.

HENLEY 56, ASHLAND 46 — At Klamath Falls, Winston Mueller's double-double and Mike D'Olivo's game-high 20 points fueled Henley past shorthanded Class 5A Ashland on a night where both teams shot poorly.

The Class 4A Hornets also went 17-for-30 from the line as opposed to Ashland only making 4 of 8 from the charity stripe.

Mueller had 15 points and 11 rebounds and D'Olivo added six boards and a pair of assists for Henley (1-0), which will face the Grizzlies (0-1) again on Dec. 8.

Jordan Resch had 10 points to lead Ashland.

ASHLAND (46) — Thigpen 8, Javna 7, Clement 2, Moskowitz 1, Tygerson 9, Resch 10, Raymond 9, Pavlich 0. Totals: 17 4-8 46.

HENLEY (56) — Staats 8, Fahner 2, Evans 4, D'Olivo 20, Lesueur 6, Mueller 15, Myers 1, Verling 0. Totals: 18 17-30 56.

Ashland 9 10 16 11 —46

Henley 19 14 13 10 —56

3-point goals — Ashland 7 (Thigpen 3, Tygerson 2, Resch 1, Raymond 1), Henley 3 (D'Olivo 2, Staats 1). Fouled out — Clement.

JV result — Ashland won.

EAGLE POINT 60, YREKA, CALIF. 43 — At Eagle Point, Austin Rowley paced Eagle Point with 16 points and five assists and the Eagles generated plenty of second-chance opportunities by crashing the boards to soar past Yreka in an endowment game.

David Brasel and Jonathan Taylor each produced 12 points and eight rebounds and Derek Tuttle grabbed nine boards for the Eagles (1-1), who held a 36-22 advantage on the glass.

YREKA (43) — Ward 22, Grant 6, Larreau 4, Brooks 4, Sinnott 3, Kutzer 2, Meeks 2, Marks 0. Totals: 17 5-12 43.

EAGLE POINT (60) — Rowley 16, Brasel 12, Taylor 12, J. Marlia 7, Banuelos 6, A. Marlia 4, Tuttle 2, Erickson 1, Gonzalez 0, Alexander 0. Totals: 21 8-18 60.

Yreka 6 4 13 20 —43

Eagle Point 10 8 23 19 —60

Fouled out — Kutzer.

JV result — Yreka won.

SOUTH UMPQUA 77, ILLINOIS VALLEY 47 — At Myrtle Creek, Will Crowl had 20 points in a losing cause for Illinois Valley in the season opener for both teams.

Andrew Nale had 23 points and Jake Grady drilled four 3-pointers en route to 16 points for South Umpqua, which pulled away in the second half.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (47) — Crowl 20, Hults 6, Snook 6, Augustadt 6, Paul 8, Bergman 1, Escalante 0. Totals: 18 10-19 47.

SOUTH UMPQUA (77) — Nale 23, Jansen 7, Grady 16, Smedley 2, Blankenship 6, Matchett 0, Heintz 2, Mathews 8, Beberger 13, Schoonhaven 0, McFarland 0. Totals: 26 (5) 10-15 77.

Illinois Valley 13 10 10 14 — 47

South Umpqua 16 18 22 21 — 77

3-point goals — Illinois Valley 1 (Snook 1), South Umpqua 5 (Grady 4, Jansen 1).

JV result — South Umpqua won.

ST. MARY'S 65, UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN 46 — Max O'Sullivan helped St. Mary's shake a slow start by scoring a career-high 28 points in just three quarters of play to power the Crusaders past Umpqua Valley Christian in an endowment game at St. Mary's High.

Trailing 8-0, the Crusaders (1-0) finally made their first basket 3:50 into the game.

From there Sullivan took off with nine points in the second quarter and 14 more in the third. Sullivan made a brief appearance in the fourth period before being spelled for the remainder.

Crusaders sophomore Lou Gambee scored all 11 of his points after the break to go with eight rebounds in his first varsity start, while Andrew Larson added eight boards and netted eight of his 10 points in the second half.

Ryan Graf led UVC with 15 points.

UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN (46) — Schultz 2, Monteiph 3, Graham 6, Stone 3, Wheeler 1, Medak 0, Chappell 12, Claughton 0, Smith 0, Graf 15, Hill 4. Totals: 17 9-18 46.

ST. MARY'S (65) — O'Sullivan 28, O'Boyle 0, Street 3, Larson 10, Boggess 3, Grant 0, Gambee 11, Watson 2, Gross 2, Tomlinson 6. Totals: 27 6-10 65.

Umpqua Valley Christian 11 10 9 16 —46

St. Mary's 9 17 25 14 —65

3-point goals — Umpqua Valley Christian 3 (Monteith 1, Stone 1, Graf 1), St. Mary's 5 (O'Sullivan 2, Street 1, Boggess 1, Gambee 1). Technical foul — Schultz.

NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN 55, BUTTE FALLS 35 — At Butte Falls, Noah Cunningham poured in 22 points and Eli Cunningham added 15 for New Hope Christian in the season opener for both teams.

The Loggers went 0-for-14 from the 3-point arc whereas New Hope drained six — five from Noah Cunningham.

Each Cunningham connected from downtown during a stretch in the third quarter where the Warriors also went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line and began to pull away.

Butte Falls post Josh McGonagle had 11 points, seven rebounds and five steals, and Josh Sutfin tossed in 11 points.

NEW HOPE (55) — N. Cunningham 22, E. Cunningham 15, R. Garcia 10, C. Garcia 4, Bowdoin 2, Hillier 2, Park 0, Heater 0, Sanchez 0, Colvin 0. Totals: 18 13-20 55.

BUTTE FALLS (35) — McGonagle 11, Sutfin 11, Knighton 7, Hamilton 4, Casillas 2, Ellis 0, Gower 0, Kinyon 0, Mercer 0, Dunham 0. Totals: 15 5-11 35.

New Hope 16 8 14 17 —55

Butte Falls 10 12 6 7 —35

3-point goals — New Hope Christian 6 (N. Cunningham 5, E. Cunningham 1).

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 57, CANYONVILLE CHRISTIAN 25 — Tyler Robinson racked up 17 points and 10 rebounds and Ryan Coggins tossed in 14 points to guide Rogue Valley Adventist past Canyonville Christian.

Rogue Valley Adventist's Caleb Fjarli collected a game-high 12 rebounds to go with his six points.

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST (57) — Robinson 17, Wood 2, Coggins 14, Fjarli 6, Denton 5, Alverez 2, Wold 4, Cool 7, Kim 0. Totals: 24 8-16 57.

CANYONVILLE CHRISTIAN (25) — Hsu 8, Lee 5, Kroo 3, Hong 3, Lam 2, Jung 2, Kim 2.

3-point goals — Rogue Valley Adventist 1 (Coggins 1).