For a second straight night, the St. Mary's boys basketball team found itself in an early hole. And, again, the Crusaders climbed back, only to fall short.

For a second straight night, the St. Mary's boys basketball team found itself in an early hole. And, again, the Crusaders climbed back, only to fall short.

This time, St. Mary's (6-5) fell behind 10-0 to Lakeview, rallied, then eventually lost, 55-49, in the Unlimited Division third-place game at the A.G. Edwards Christmas Classic on Saturday at The Pavilion.

On Friday, St. Mary's trailed 9-0 before falling to Helena Christian (Mont.) 51-48.

"I don't know what it is," St. Mary's coach Rick Jackson said of the slow starts. "I think, offensively, we haven't been aggressive going to the basket and have been settling for 3s. On the defensive end, I think we've lacked some energy and given up some easy baskets to start some games. We haven't been ready to play."

To the Crusaders' credit, they managed to bounce back against a Lakeview team many expect will win the Southern Cascade League, Jackson said. The two conference foes will meet three more times this season.

"I think it was important for us to send a message that we are going to be there and compete with them," Jackson said. "I think we did that in the end. In the beginning we didn't, and I think that cost us the game."

After falling behind 10-0 and 14-2 in the first quarter, St. Mary's cut the halftime deficit to 27-24. Pacific extended the lead to 40-26 in the third, but consecutive technical fouls sparked a 10-2 St. Mary's run to cut it to 42-36.

The Crusaders were down four with just under two minutes to play and had a 3-pointer rattle out late that would have made it a one-possession game.

"We just couldn't get over the hump," Jackson said. "Most people probably thought it was going to be a runaway (win for Lakeview). We just kept plugging away and chipped away little by little.

"For us, it was a really good tournament. We played three really quality teams. If we can build on that ... I think we're going to be ready to compete for a playoff spot in our league."

St. Mary's Andrew Larson, an all-tournament selection, had 11 points, six rebounds and four steals. Si Boggess also had 11 points, all in the second half, and added nine rebounds. Max O'Sullivan rounded out the Crusaders in double figures with 10.

Kasey Clemens had 15 and Jordan Kiely 14 for Lakeview.

ST. MARY'S (49) — O'Sullivan 10, O'Boyle 0, Street 4, Larson 11, Boggess 11, Harper 0, Gambee 7, Watson 4, Gross 2, Tomlinson 0. Totals: 17 10-14 49.

LAKEVIEW (55) — Hotchkiss 0, Clemens 15, Damuth 4, Kiely 14, Burkholder 2, Down 12, Squires 8. Totals: 22 9-21 55.

St. Mary's 7 17 12 13 —49

Lakeview 16 11 15 13 —55

3-point goals — St. Mary's 4 (O'Sullivan 1, Street 1, Larson 1, Watson 1, Gambee 1), Lakeview 2 (Clemens 2). Technical fouls — Damuth 2.

NORTH VALLEY 47, TULE LAKE 38 — Mike Kellogg and Travis Clark combined for 27 of North Valley's points to earn the Knights fourth place in the Unlimited Division.

Ten of Clark's 13 points came from his 10-for-12 effort at the free-throw line. North Valley was 16-for-22 from the line. Clark also tallied five steals, and Kevin Rose had six steals and three assists to go with nine points.

Luke Woodson led the Honkers with 12 points, 13 rebounds and four steals.

TULE LAKE (38) — Woodson 12, Chavolla 10, Boyd 7, Dodson 4, Staub 3, Greenback 2 Reyes 0, Waldon 0. Totals: 17 3-9 38.

NORTH VALLEY (47) — Kellogg 14, Clark 13, Rose 9, Larson 4, Brocknow 4, Wert 3, Hiler 0, Woodruff 0, Brummett 0. Totals: 15 16-22 47.

Tule Lake 9 8 8 13 —38

North Valley 16 7 10 14 —47

3-point goals — Tule Lake 1 (Staub), North Valley 1 (Clark). Fouled out — Chavolla. Technical foul — Greenback.

BONANZA 54, ROGUE RIVER 51, OT — Josh Gibson scored 18 points as Bonanza won in overtime in the seventh-eighth-place game in the Unlimited Division.

Rogue River sophomore Brendan Schoner made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points for the Chieftains (2-7). Carson Frantz added 19 points.

BONANZA (54) — Hawkins 0, Heidrich 3, Dickinson 8, Bailey 0, Gibson 18, Clark 13, Wessell 0, Worden 8, Oates 4. Totals: 23 7-13 54.

ROGUE RIVER (51) — Schoner 22, Watson 2, White 1, Lee 1, Mitchell 6, Frantz 19, Johnson 0. Totals: 19 7-17 51.

Bonanza 10 11 11 13 9 — 54

Rogue River 15 4 21 5 6 — 51

3-point goals — Bonanza 3 (Heidrich 1, Clark 1, Worden 1), Rogue River 6 (Schooner 6). Fouled out — Mitchell.

Varsity Division

CASCADE CHRISTIAN JV 39, DAYS CREEK 31 — Eli Hoffman scored 18 points as the Cascade Christian JV won the Varisty Division championship.

Colton Cochran added eight points and led the Challengers (8-1) in rebounds, while Hoffman and Kasey Seliga earned all-tournament honors.

DAYS CREEK (31) — Hays 0, Johnson 2, Freeman 9, Borg 4, Dunn 0, Hayter 0, Fuller 5, Ormond 9, Dunlap 0, Zimmerman 2, O'Sullivan 0. Totals: 13 3-5 31.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN JV (39) — Wipf 0, Hauser 0, Cochran 8, Hoffman 18, Morse 2, Siliga 2, Rasmussen 5, Rodri 0, Litton 4. Totals: 16 5-13 39.

Days Creek 8 9 5 9 —31

Cascade Christian JV 12 6 11 10 —39

3-point goals — Days Creek 4 (Freeman, Borg, Fuller, Ormond), Cascade Christian JV 2 (Hoffman, Rasmussen). Fouled out — O'Sullivan.

PACIFIC 57, ST. MARY'S JV 42 — The St. Mary's JV team built an early lead but it didn't last as Pacific rallied for victory in the third-place game of the Varsity Division.

The Crusaders jumped out to a 19-14 lead after one quarter but had to sit many of its players, who also play on the varsity squad.

Alex Street had 10 points for St. Mary's (6-6), while Pacific's Michael Maynard had a game-high 16 points.

St. Mary's Connor O'Boyle was named to the all-tournament team.

ST. MARY'S JV (42) — Street 10, O'Boyle 4, Reeder 0, Buckmister 2, Boggess 2, Gervais 6, Conway 0, Bates 5, Harper 5, Gambee 7, Watson 0, Gross 0, Harris 1. Totals: 15 10-19 42.

PACIFIC (57) — M. Maynard 16, Frava 4, Brady 10, Wayrynen 3, B. Maynard 1, Spanier 2, Wagner 4, Keeler 2, Bowman 6, Bjornrude 2, Armi 7. Totals: 24 9-23 57.

St. Mary's 19 6 5 12 —42

Pacific 14 17 15 11 —57

3-point goals — St. Mary's 5 (Street 2, Gervais 1, Conway 1, Bates 1). Fouled out — Harper, Harris, Wagner. Technical fouls — Bates, St. Mary's bench.

NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN 55, HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 51 — Eli Cunningham scored 22 points to help New Hope to fourth place in the Varsity Division.

Noah Cunningham added 14 points for the Warriors while Ryan Garcia had 12.

Jeff Sizemore scored 21 points for Hosanna (3-5), which placed sixth. Garrett LoVerde added 11 points and Andy Achleithner 10.

HOSANNA CHRISTIAN (51) — Sizemore 21, LoVerde 11, Achleithner 10, Rice 4, Janecke 2, Joel Phillips 2, Crenshaw 1, Collins 0, Justman 0. Totals: 22 6-11 51.

NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN (55) — N. Cunningham 22, E. Cunningham 14, R. Garcia 12, Heater 5, Hillier 2, Colvin 0, C. Garcia 0. Totals: 19 15-18 55.

Hosanna Christian 14 15 11 11 —51

New Hope Christian 13 18 18 6 —55

3-point goals — Hosanna 1 (LoVerde), New Hope 2 (E. Cunningham, Heater).

TRIAD 28, BUTTE FALLS 26 — Shane Hamilton's 3-point basket with four seconds remaining helped Butte Falls rally from a five-point deficit, but the Loggers came up short against Triad in the seventh-place game of the Varsity Division.

Hamilton scored nine points for Butte Falls (2-7), while Joey Knighton added seven and was named to the all-tournament team.

Sean Reese led Triad's balanced attack with seven points.

TRIAD (28) — Reese 7, L. Ovgard 6, J. Ovgard 4, Peterson 2, E. Smith 2, Moore 2, S. Smith 4, Frentzko 0, Trumball 1. Totals 11 5-12 28.

BUTTE FALLS (26) — Hamilton 9, Knighton 7, Casillas 2, McGonagle 4, Sutfin 4, Gower 0. Totals 10 4-4 26.

Triad 4 11 2 11 — 28

Butte Falls 2 9 6 7 — 26

3-point goals — Triad 1 (J. Ovgard 1), Butte Falls 2 (Knighton 1, Hamilton 1).