It came down to a handful of possessions, none of which went well for Phoenix on Friday evening.

It came down to a handful of possessions, none of which went well for Phoenix on Friday evening.

After giving up a 10-point second-half lead, the Pirates tied the game on a 3-pointer by Alex Young with approximately two minutes remaining.

However, Nyssa converted its possessions into points and Phoenix ran out of steam, dropping a semifinal boys basketball game in the Wells Fargo Advisors Christmas Classic, 68-62, at Cascade Christian High.

"We got tired," said Phoenix coach Glenn Johannes, whose team played its seventh game in the past 10 days. "We're playing an NBA schedule. If you want to compete at a high level with the top teams in the league and state, you gotta play three tough games in a row. This was a perfect weekend to see where we're at."

The Pirates' double-digit lead in the third quarter quickly disappeared when the Bulldogs went to a man defense, which should have played into Phoenix's hands, Johannes said.

"We like teams to go man and we got our wish," he said. "They were just more physical than we were and it paid off for them."

Nyssa, ranked fourth in Class 3A, then scored 28 points in the fourth quarter against the fourth-ranked 4A Pirates. None were more important than the Bulldogs' back-to-back possessions following Young's game-tying 3-pointer.

Jeremiah Leos answered with a 3-pointer of his own before the Pirates missed what Johannes called a "chip" shot. Miguel Trinidad converted a three-point play on the ensuing possession and the Bulldogs sank enough free throws in the final minute to seal the victory and advance to the tournament championship.

Nyssa plays host Cascade Christian for the title today at 7 tonight. Phoenix plays Burns for third place at 3:30 p.m. today. Both games are at Cascade Christian High.

Young finished with 26 points — including four 3-pointers — three assists and two steals. Teammate Justin Bohn added 10 points, six assists and five rebounds, and Tyler Dungannon scored 10 points for the Pirates.

Eric Jensen led the Bulldogs with 19 points and Seth Glenn had 17.

"They were big, strong, athletic kids," Johannes said. "They knew what they were doing. That's half the battle in the game of basketball."

PHOENIX (62) — Young 26, Bohn 10, Lapat 4, Reagan 5, Hobson 7, Dungannon 10, Treadway 0, Richardson 0. Totals: 25 5-10 62.

NYSSA (68) — Shiner 4, Leos 14, Glenn 17, Martinez 2, Trinidad 3, Jensen 19, Foerer 9. Totals: 25 15-20 68.

Phoenix 16 12 15 19 — 62

Nyssa 13 12 15 28 — 68

3-point goals — Phoenix 7 (Young 4, Hobson 1, Dungannon 2), Nyssa 3 (Glenn 2, Leos 1). Fouled out — Hobson.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 68, BURNS 46 — Host Cascade Christian turned up the defensive heat and cruised into the championship game of its tournament.

The Challengers, 5-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, face Nyssa, the No. 4 team in 3A, for the title at 7 tonight.

Cascade Christian forced 28 turnovers and committed only eight of its own.

Wes Litton, a 6-foot-2 forward, scored 19 points in the win. He also had six rebounds, four blocks and was 5-for-5 on free throws. Colton Cochran had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Challengers, and Eli Hoffman had 10.

BURNS (46) — McConnell 4, Dobson 2, Heinz 2, K. Callahan 2, C. Callahan 6, D. Thompson 11, Potter 4, Adams 3, Feist 12, C. Thompson 0. Totals: 19 4-8 46.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (68) — Siliga 3, Morse 6, Marshall 7, Sosey 0, M. Smith 1, Litton 19, Hoffman 10, Joffer 4, A. Smith 2, Cochran 16. Totals: 29 8-15 68.

Burns 8 10 13 15 — 46

Cascade Christian 21 12 21 14 — 68

3-point goals — Burns 4 (Feist 2, Adams 1, D. Thompson 1), Cascade Christian 2 (Hoffman 2).

ST. MARY'S 53, CLATSKANIE 40 — Senior post Lou Gambee went for a season-high 25 points as St. Mary's overcame a slow start in the consolation semifinals at Cascade Christian High.

Gambee scored nine of the Crusaders' 14 points in the second quarter to help St. Mary's pull even at halftime after trailing by eight after the opening quarter.

Clatskanie jumped out to a 27-20 lead midway through the third period, then St. Mary's ended the quarter on a 9-0 run.

Gambee added seven rebounds and Chris Bates contributed 10 points and five rebounds for the Crusaders.

ST. MARY'S (53) — Gambee 25, Reeder 2, Conway 0, Grant 9, Harper 6, Gervais 1, Bates 10, Peterson 0, Britton 0, Alverez 0. Totals: 13 26-34 53.

CLATSKANIE (40) — Sloderbeck 14, Somes 6, Anderson 0, Childers 0, Johnson 5, Carson 0, Puzey 0, Enger 0, Krause 3, Cruz 0, White 12. Totals: 14 9-17 40.

St. Mary's 4 14 13 22 — 53

Clatskanie 12 6 9 13 — 40

3-point goals — St. Mary's 1 (Grant 1), Clatskanie 3 (Sloderbeck 1, Johnson 1, White 1). Fouled out — Sloderbeck. Technical foul — Harper.

FOREST LAKE CHRISTIAN 67, ROGUE RIVER 57 — At Phoenix, visiting Forest Lake Christian of Auburn, Calif., won the consolation semifinal and advances to play St. Mary's for fourth place at noon today at Cascade Christian High.

Rogue River (4-4) will play Clatskanie for seventh place at 5:15 p.m. today at Phoenix.

BUTTE FALLS 44, NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN 30 — At Phoenix, Harley Casillas scored all 17 of his points in the second half, including 10 in the third quarter to spark Butte Falls (5-2), which trailed at halftime.

Casillas made two 3-pointers in the third as the Loggers forged ahead. He also had five steals and four assists. Quinton Weaver notched 14 points and nine rebounds for Butte Falls.

On Thursday, Weaver, senior post, posted a double-double in a 63-42 loss to Umpqua Valley Christian.

Weaver scored 17 points and hauled in 15 rebounds.

The Loggers play the Cascade Christian JV at 1:45 p.m. today at Phoenix High.

BUTTE FALLS (44) — Casillas 17, Weaver 14, Gower 9, Dunham 4, Adams 0, McGonagle 0. Totals: 17 7-17 44.

NEW HOPE (30) — Cunningham 13, Stephens 5, Heater 3, Rossiter 4, Colvin 5, Park 0, Harp 0, Kleynhans 0, Garcia 0. Totals: 12 5-11 30.

Butte Falls 3 11 15 15 — 44

New Hope 6 10 11 3 — 30

3-point goals — Butte Falls 3 (Casillas 2, Gower 1), New Hope 1 (Cunningham 1). Technical foul — Cunningham.

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BUTTE FALLS (42) — Weaver 17, Casillas 5, Gower 8, Adams 3, C. Dunham 7, D. Dunham 0, Goodman 0, Thompson 0, Ramirez 0, Salazar 0. Totals: 14 12-19 42.

UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN (63) — Rocco 16, Claughton 14, D. Medale 2, Smith 4, Harding 2, Schroeder 6, Z. Medale 6, Stone 9, Schultz 4, Barnhart 0, Perez 0, Graham 0. Totals: 28 6-6 63

Butte Falls 12 8 10 12 — 42

Umpqua Valley Christian 9 14 20 20 — 63

3-point goals — Butte Falls 2 (Gower 2), Umpqua Valley Christian 1 (Stone 1).

UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN 60, ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 25 — At Phoenix, after a close first quarter, UVC outscored the Rogue Valley Adventist 20-6 in the second period to start the onslaught.

RVA (1-4) got 13 points and four rebounds from Robert Denton. Jesse Gilley, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, came off the bench for six points and eight rebounds.

The Red Tail Hawks play New Hope Christian at 7 tonight at Phoenix.

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST (25) — Denton 13, Wold 4, DeLaVega 2, Jos. Alverez 0, Z. Wood 0, Gilley 6, Newfeld 0, Joh. Alverez 0, Scott 0, J. Wood 0. Totals: 11-36 3-6 25.

UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN (60) — Stone 13, Smith 11, Rocco 10, Clavgnton 6, Z. Meclak 2, Graham 7, Schultz 4, Bryant 3, D. Meclak 3, Barnhart 1, Schroeder 0. Totals: 25-74 3-8 60.

Rogue Valley Adventist 10 6 4 5 — 25

Umpqua Valley 12 20 18 10 — 60

3-point goals — Umpqua Valley 7-19 (Stone 3, Smith 2, Graham 1, Bryant 1).