PHOENIX — The Phoenix boys basketball team entrusted its inside duo of Mike Shepherd and Codey Barrett nearly the entire Skyline Conference season.

PHOENIX — The Phoenix boys basketball team entrusted its inside duo of Mike Shepherd and Codey Barrett nearly the entire Skyline Conference season.

Why stop now?

Shepherd scored 19 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked seven shots while Barrett scored 18 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the Pirates' 57-31 win over North Valley in the Skyline Conference tournament opener on Thursday.

"Our emphasis was going inside and our two big men pretty much dominated the points and rebounds," said Phoenix coach Brian Miller.

Shepherd and Barrett combined to secure 33 of Phoenix's 47 total rebounds. The Pirates (18-8, 10-5 Skyline) entered the contest with the third seed and advances to face fourth-seed Illinois Valley at home on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Phoenix went 2-1 against Illinois Valley this season, winning both at home and losing on the road.

"IV is going to be tough," Miller said. "We are looking forward to playing them. We only lost one game at home this season (against Henley). We are looking to defend our home court and get a little revenge on the loss we had (at Illinois Valley)."

Phoenix built its advantage to 30 points at one point in the third quarter against North Valley by disrupting the Knights' offense and, behind Shepherd and Barrett, controlling the boards.

Phoenix point guard Andrew George returned from missing three straight games with an ankle injury and had seven points and five assists.

North Valley (4-22, 2-14 Skyline) was led by Kevin Rose's 14 points.

NORTH VALLEY (31) — Rose 14, Clark 4, Procknow 3, Tappan 3, Kellogg 2, Hiler 2, Wert 2, Woodruff 0, Larson 0, Brummett 1. Totals: 12 6-10 31.

PHOENIX (57) — Shepherd 19, Barrett 18, George 7, Emerson 6, Robinson 3, Workman 2, Reagan 2, Ralls 0, Locken 0, Bohn 0, Crichton 0, Hendricks 0, Sauceda 0. Totals: 23 9-17 57.

North Valley 5 8 5 13 —31

Phoenix 18 10 15 14 —57

3-point goals — North Valley 1 (Tappan 1). Technical foul — North Valley coach.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 50, ROGUE RIVER 36 — At Cave Junction, Illinois Valley used a big second half to beat Rogue River and halt an eight-year drought without a postseason victory.

The Cougars, who gave up 39 points to Rogue River's Carson Frantz in a previous meeting, held the Chieftain player to just 13 points, in part because of the defense of IV post Will Crowl.

Crowl also scored a game-high 14 points to go with eight rebounds. He was 6-for-6 from the foul line, where the Cougars were 17-for-22.

Fellow Cougar post Kevin Snook pulled down eight boards and went 7-for-7 from the charity stripe to total 11 points. Steven Paul added 11 points and Andrew Augustadt contributed eight points and six assists.

The Cougars (11-13, 5-10 Skyline) will play at Phoenix on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

ROGUE RIVER (36) — Johnson 6, Lee 2, Mitchell 2, White 8, Frantz 13, Martinson 2, Watson 3, Schoner 0, Reyes 0, Hofstrand 0. Totals: 16 1-6 36.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (50) — Bergman 2, Snook 11, Hults 2, Augustadt 8, Escalante 2, Crowl 14, Paul 11. Totals: 15 17-22 50.

Rogue River 12 11 9 4 — 36

Illinois Valley 11 12 14 13 — 50

3-point goals — Rogue River 3 (Frantz 3), Illinois Valley 3 (Augustadt 2, Paul 1). Fouled out — Mitchell.

Southern Sky Conference

CRATER 75, EAGLE POINT 35 — At Eagle Point, Crater opened a 29-7 lead after one quarter and kept the pressure on to improve to 8-3 in Southern Sky play and 16-8 overall.

Nick Brothers poured in 22 points to complement 10 steals, five rebounds and four assists for the Comets, while Travis Robbins added 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals in another all-around effort.

Crater also received 12 points and eight assists from Josh Lokeno; nine points, eight rebounds and four blocks from Jared Murphy; and 11 rebounds and five assists from Drew Runberg.

Jonathan Taylor had 15 points to pace Eagle Point (2-21, 0-12 SSC) in its season finale.

CRATER (75) — Lee 2, Robbins 13, Clark 2, Brothers 22, Lokeno 12, Dalton 4, Hicks 8, Runberg 3, Murphy 9, Reed 0, Mahuna 0, Corchoran 0. Totals: 26 13-27 75.

EAGLE POINT (35) — A. Marlia 7, Taylor 15, Erickson 5, Tuttle 1, Brasel 2, Mensing 1, Omotoy 4, Gonsalves 0, Alexander 0. Totals: 10 15-27 35.

Crater 29 17 21 8 — 75

Eagle Point 7 3 7 18 — 35

3-point goals — Crater 10 (Robbins 2, Brothers 4, Lokeno 4).

JV score — Crater 65, Eagle Point 25.

MAZAMA 83, KLAMATH UNION 70 — At Klamath Falls, Kolton Nelson poured in 30 points and had 12 rebounds and four blocked shots to lead Mazama past rival Klamath Union in a Southern Sky contest.

Jared Nelson added 17 points for the Vikings, while Randy Denson scored 20 to lead the Pelicans.

KLAMATH UNION (70) — Foster 12, Brooks 4, Lundy 15, Denson 20, Chadderdon 9, Amos 2, Gallagher 6, McLaughllin 2, Bartolomei 0. Totals: 29 4-15 70.

MAZAMA (83) — 3, J. Nelson 17, Scheiss 0, Rose 6, Quirk 3, Fields 4, K. Nelson 30, Millsap 8, Bedard 8, Taylor 3. Totals: 25 25-33 83.

Klamath Union 10 16 21 23 —70

Mazama 16 18 21 28 —83

3-point goals — Klamath Union 7 (Denson 4, Lundy 2, Chadderdon 1), Mazama 6 (K.Nelson 3, Taylor 1, Quirk 1, J.Nelson 1). Fouled out — Foster, Brooks, Lundy. Technical foul — J. Rose.