CENTRAL POINT — Jeff Lee and Nick Brothers made four consecutive free throws down the stretch as Crater ended Southern Sky Conference boys basketball play with a 54-51 victory against Mazama Tuesday at the Comet gym.

CENTRAL POINT — Jeff Lee and Nick Brothers made four consecutive free throws down the stretch as Crater ended Southern Sky Conference boys basketball play with a 54-51 victory against Mazama Tuesday at the Comet gym.

The Comets (16-8, 9-3 SSC), the No. 2 seed from the Southern Sky, will open the Class 5A state playoffs at Intermountain League champion Hermiston on March 7.

Crater trailed 49-48 with about 40 seconds remaining when junior guard Travis Robbins made a steal and passed to Brothers for a fastbreak layup. Brothers, who was fouled on the play, missed the free throw but Drew Runberg gathered in the offensive rebound.

The Vikings sent Lee to the line with about 15 seconds to go and the junior guard converted both opportunities to put the Comets ahead 52-49.

Crater then fouled Jordan Rose, who made two free throws to pull the Vikings to within 52-51.

With about eight seconds left, Brothers was fouled and made both free throws and Mazama missed a desperation 3-pointer to end the game.

"This was a good game for us," Crater coach Troy McNichols said. "To come back and not get scared and do the little things you need to do to win a game showed a lot of heart."

Brothers scored 14 points to lead three Comet players in double figures. The 6-foot-1 senior guard also had six rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks.

"I really felt like Nick, in every category, had an all-around great effort," said McNichols, "And he was also in the mix defensively. He was right in the middle of everything that was going on."

Runberg, a senior forward, recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Comet point guard Josh Lokeno contributed 13 points and eight assists.

Mazama 6-8 senior center Kolton Nelson, the SSC scoring leader, tallied a game-high 15 points to go with eight rebounds. Drew Millsap added 14 points for the Vikings, who finish the season 6-6 in the Southern Sky and 12-11 overall.

MAZAMA (51) — Mathis 5, J. Nelson 5, Rose 6, Fields 4, K. Nelson 15, Bedard 2, Millsap 14, Scheiss 0. Totals: 19-37 10-14 51.

CRATER (54) — Lee 4, Brothers 14, Lokeno 13, Dalton 2, Hicks 2, Runberg 13, Murphy 6, Robbins 0. Totals: 21-50 9-13 54.

Mazama 15 9 15 12 — 51

Crater 10 16 14 14 — 54

3-point goals — Mazama 3 (Mathis 1, K. Nelson 2), Crater 3 (Lokeno 1, Brothers 2). Technical foul — Milsap, Mazama team.

JV score — Crater 58, Mazama 42.

ASHLAND 60, KLAMATH UNION 43 — At Klamath Falls, Southern Sky champion Ashland took advantage of its size advantage inside against smaller Klamath Union.

The ninth-ranked Grizzlies (16-9, 11-1 SSC) were led by 6-foot-9 senior post Matt Lipski, who scored 23 points and pulled down 13 rebounds, and junior forward Garrett Tygerson, who added 10 points and eight rebounds.

Lipski scored 14 points in the opening half as Ashland took a 37-23 lead into intermission.

Sophomore guard Randy Denson paced the Pelicans (10-12, 4-8 SSC) with 15 points and Evan Gallagher chipped in 11.

Ashland will host a Class 5A state playoff contest March 7.

ASHLAND (60) — Lipski 23, Thigpen 7, Sebrell 5, Clement 5, Moskowitz 4, Tygerson 10, Raymond 6, Javna 0, Pavlich 0, Resch 0. Totals: 24 9-16 60.

KLAMATH UNION (43) — Denson 15, Foster 2, Lundy 7, Chadderdon 5, Amos 3, Gallagher 11, Brooks 0. Totals: 12 13-23 43.

Ashland 18 19 11 12 — 60

Klamath Union 9 14 10 10 — 43

3-point goals — Ashland 3 (Thigpen 1, Sebrell 1, Clement 1), Klamath Union 6 (Gallagher 3, Lundy 1, Denson 1, Amos 1).

JV score — Ashland 58, Klamath Union 56.

SWC Boys

SOUTH EUGENE 60, ROSEBURG 55 — At Roseburg, John Hayward-Mayhew poured in 30 points to help South Eugene pull into a tie for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Southwest Conference.

Travis Rooke-Ley added 10 points for the Axemen (11-14, 5-9 SWC), who pulled into a tie with Grants Pass in the league standings.

In Thursday's regular-season finales, South Eugene plays host to fifth-ranked North Medford and GP is at fourth-ranked South Medford. If necessary, Grants Pass owns the tiebreaker over South Eugene by virtue of winning the best-of-three series between the teams this season.

Brady Sherriff had 20 points to lead Roseburg (7-16, 3-11), which was eliminated from playoff contention by the loss.

SOUTH EUGENE (60) — Hayward-Mayhew 30, T. Rooke-Ley 10, A. Coleman 9, S. Coleman 6, Masterson 3, Lapite 2. Totals: 22-36 16-27 60.

ROSEBURG (55) — Sherriff 20, Cavens 8, Preistley 8, Hancock 7, Whitman 5, J. Johnson 4, Mendoza 3. Totals: 17-36 15-25 55.

South Eugene 11 16 13 20 — 60

Roseburg 14 12 16 13 — 55

3-point goals — South Eugene 0-5, Roseburg 6-13 (Sherriff 4, Hancock 1, Preistley 1). Fouled out — Cavens.

JV result — Roseburg won.

Southern Sky Girls

MAZAMA 61, GLENCOE 49 — At Klamath Falls, Mariah Karther-Miller scored 10 of her game-high 18 points in the opening half as Mazama took a 25-11 advantage in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs.

Darian Grigsby scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half to help the Vikings close out the Crimson Tide.

GLENCOE (49) — Steele 2, Aguirre 0, Hettrich 3, McNeilly 16, Sheridan 4, Gillespie 12, Hale 10. Totals: 18 10-16 49.

MAZAMA (61) — Grigsby 14, Newman 0, Garrett 5, Jones 11, Groves 7, Karther-Miller 18, MacPhee 4, Saltenberger 2, Hunter 0, Edwards 0, Hoskins 0. Totals: 22 13-22 61.

Glencoe 8 3 16 22 — 49

Mazama 9 16 15 21 — 61

3-point goals — Glencoe 1 (Hettrich 1), Mazama 4 (Grigsby 2, Karther-Miller 2).