MERLIN — Leaning heavily on the scoring prowess of freshman Alex Young, the Phoenix boys basketball team only needed to conquer North Valley's halfcourt offense on Tuesday.

MERLIN — Leaning heavily on the scoring prowess of freshman Alex Young, the Phoenix boys basketball team only needed to conquer North Valley's halfcourt offense on Tuesday.

During the fourth quarter, the Pirates disrupted the Knights' backcourt with stifling full-court pressure as Phoenix went on to a 44-38 Skyline Conference triumph at North Valley High.

Using their diamond press defense, the Pirates (10-6, 4-2 Skyline) limited North Valley to five points in the fourth quarter and just two points through the first seven minutes of the frame. All of this after the two teams were tied at halftime, then again at the end of the third quarter.

The turnaround was due in large part to the traps created by the backcourt trio of Young, Skyler Reagan and Dom Ralls.

"We just created a little havoc for them," Phoenix coach Brian Miller said. "(North Valley) had a hard time getting open shots, and we were a little suffocating. We took them out of their offense. They were a little too comfortable in the first half, and we wanted to take them out of that."

On the other end, Young's scoring ability was keeping the Pirates above water.

The point guard scored 18 points and had five rebounds, two assists and three steals.

"There's a lot of pressure on him to bring the ball up and start our offense, and he did a good job," Miller said.

The Pirates went up by six with more than five minutes remaining, then ran their offense for three minutes, refusing to settle for anything less than layup.

With under two minutes to play, the Knights' Ryan Anderson knocked down a 3-pointer to cut it to 42-38.

On the ensuing possession, Young was intentionally fouled and answered by knocking down both free throws with 1:05 remaining to wrap up the victory.

Reagan chipped in with 12 points and five rebounds for the Pirates.

Anderson paced the Knights with 13 points and hit three from beyond the 3-point arc. Kyle Hart added 10 points.

PHOENIX (44) — Young 18, Reagan 12, Sauceda 6, Bohn 4, Treadway 2, Ralls 1, Crichton 1, Lapat 0. Totals: 13 16-33 44.

NORTH VALLEY (38) — Anderson 13, Hart 10, Beasley 6, Wert 6, Schweitert 3, Pappan 0, Woodruff 0, Church 0, Rusk 0. Totals: 14 6-14 38.

Phoenix 8 13 12 11 — 44

North Valley 6 15 12 5 — 38

3-point goals — Phoenix 2 (Young 2), North Valley 4 (Anderson 3, Hart 1). Fouled out — Hart.

JV result — Phoenix won.

HIDDEN VALLEY 58, HENLEY 41 — At Murphy, Hidden Valley overcame a rough first quarter to stay perfect in conference play.

Henley held a slim lead at halftime but was held to only 11 second-half points.

Taylor Bars scored nine points for the Mustangs (14-1, 5-0 Skyline) while four other players finished with eight points.

Austin Lesueur finished with 14 points for Henley.

HENLEY (41) — Fahner 2, Mueller 7, Herr 11, Austin Lesueur 14, Wedan 3, Cullen 2, Harrington 2. Totals: 12 15-27 41.

HIDDEN VALLEY (58) — Bars 9, Woodrum 8, Krauss 8, Armanino 8, Maynard 8, Mahuna 5, Longo 3, Suthann 2, Gotfried 2, Iwamizu 1. Totals: 23 6-10 58.

Henley 16 14 4 7 — 41

Hidden Valley 9 19 17 13 — 58

3-point goals — Henley 2 (Mueller, Herr), Hidden Valley 6 (Woodrum 2, Armanino 2, Longo, Bars).

JV score — Henley 60, Hidden Valley 59, OT.

Southern Sky Conference

MAZAMA 65, EAGLE POINT 34 — At Klamath Falls, sophomore Logan Winter scored 18 points for Eagle Point, but hot-shooting Mazama kept the Eagles winless in the Southern Sky.

Shawn Mawson, a 6-7 senior forward, led the Vikings with a career-high 19 points to go with four rebounds and three blocks.

The Vikings (12-4, 4-1 SSC) jumped out to a 36-19 halftime lead.

Mazama shot 54 percent from the field and committed just seven turnovers.

Freshman Tyronne Holmes pulled down a team-high eight rebounds for Eagle Point (7-9, 0-5 SSC).

EAGLE POINT (34) — Marlia 2, Winter, Logan 18, Reed 3, Holmes 2, Rowley 9, VanDyke 0, Gonzales 0, Tuttle 0, Morris 0, Rogers 0. Totals: 13-38 4-7 34.

MAZAMA (65) — Mathis 13, Rose 12, Swann 4, Saltenberger 4, Reinhard 3, Jackson 5, Mawson 19, Milsap 5, Evans 0, Feeback 0, Hall 0. Totals: 26-48 10-12 65.

Eagle Point 9 10 9 6 — 34

Mazama 17 19 18 11 — 65

3-point goals — Eagle Point 4 (Winter 3, Rowley 1) Mazama 4 (Mathis 3, Reinhard 1).

JV score — Mazama 53, Eagle Point 26.

Sunset League

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 57, COQUILLE 35 — At Coquille, Jarrod Hess fueled Cascade Christian, which played without leading scorer Scott Morse, who was sidelined with the flu.

Hess had 18 points, seven assists, six rebounds and five steals for the top-ranked Challengers (15-2, 8-0 Sunset). Ben Joffer scored 12 points, Dustin Hutley had nine points and nine rebounds and Colton Cochran grabbed 12 rebounds.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (57) — Saliga 0, Marshall 0, Hutley 9, Hess 18, Litton 6, Hoffman 0, Joffer 12, Thomas 0, Rasmussen 2, Pech 6, Cochran 4. Totals: 25 6-14 57.

COQUILLE (35) — Dannels 2, Young 4, DeMain 0, Howard 2, Dixon 0, Smith 0, Harris 11, Altenbach 9, Coady 2, Muntifering 5. Totals: 15 3-7 35.

Cascade Christian 8 15 18 16 — 57

Coquille 13 7 7 8 — 35

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 1 (Hess 1), Coquille 2 (Altenbach 1, Muntifering 1).

JV result — Cascade Christian won.

ROGUE RIVER 60, REEDSPORT 53 — At Reedsport, Jackson Mitchell poured in a career-high 27 points for Rogue River.

Mitchell was 10-for-15 from the free-throw line and added six rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Chieftains (12-6, 6-2 Sunset).

Rogue River's Brendan Schoner had three 3-pointers and six assists. He drilled consecutive 3-pointers in the third period to give Rogue River a nine-point lead after the Braves trimmed the margin to three.

ROGUE RIVER (60) — Schoner 9, Mitchell 27, Lee 4, Johnson 2, Garcia 0, Watson 11, Taylor 6. Totals: 20 14-21 60.

REEDSPORT (53) — Savey 16, Strowbridge 0, Horton 13, Santana 1, Zetzsche 2, Willmarth 9, Osorio 7, Young 5. Totals: 21 7-13 53.

Rogue River 17 8 16 19 — 60

Reedsport 13 3 18 19 — 53

3-point goals — Rogue River 5 (Schoner 3, Mitchell 1, Watson 1), Reedsport 4 (Horton 2, Savey 1, Young 1). Fouled out — Willmarth, Osorio. Technical foul — Mitchell.

JV score — Rogue River 49, Reedsport 38.