Still tired and running on empty, Phoenix found a spark in its bench Saturday afternoon.

Still tired and running on empty, Phoenix found a spark in its bench Saturday afternoon.

Several of the Pirates' reserves played a key role in Phoenix's 53-49 victory over Burns to claim third place in the Wells Fargo Advisors Christmas Classic at Cascade Christian High.

It was the Pirates' eighth game in 11 days.

With the contest tied at 49-all and 30 seconds remaining, Alex Young nailed a runner to put the fourth-ranked Pirates ahead by a basket. After getting a stop on the defensive end, backup Dalton Richardson drilled both of his free-throw attempts with 12 seconds to go to seal the victory.

It wasn't the first big play by a reserve. Phoenix coach Glenn Johannes said Richardson, Calvin Loper and Austin Toney — the team's 8-9-10 players on the depth chart — all played a significant role from the start.

"We just knew that we had to go to our bench early and often and let those kids be the difference," Johannes said. "They were all on the floor at the end of the game."

Johannes noticed his starters' fatigue on Friday night in the Pirates' first loss of the season — a 68-62 setback to Nyssa in the semifinals.

The first-year coach played his starters sparingly on Saturday and it paid off.

Starter Tyler Dungannon was 7 of 9 shooting for 17 points, and Young added 12 points and six rebounds.

The Pirates (7-1) have today off before returning to the court on Monday and Tuesday for a pair of nonleague games. Then Phoenix has two weeks off before the Skyline Conference opener at North Valley at Jan. 5.

"We're young and we're learning a lot of things," Johannes said. "I think the break will definitely make us a better team.

"We're not basketball-conditioned yet. We'll have a good amount of time to practice."

BURNS (49) — Dobson 3, Feist 15, Potter 2, D. Thompson 12, C. Colahan 17, McConnell 0, Heinz 0, K. Colahan 0, Adams 0. Totals: 20 6-9 49.

PHOENIX (53) — Treadway 4, Young 12, Bohn 7, Reagan 1, Loper 2, Hobson 4, Dungannon 17, Richardson 6, Lapat 0, Toney 0. Totals: 28 10-16 53.

Burns 13 9 14 13 — 49

Phoenix 11 10 24 8 — 53

3-point goals — Burns 3 (Feist 2, D. Thompson 1), Phoenix 5 (Dungannon 3, Bohn 1, Young 1). Fouled out — Dungannon.

FOREST LAKE CHRISTIAN 44, ST. MARY'S 36 — St. Mary's had no answer for Forest Lake post Josh Ritchart in the fourth-place game at the Cascade Christian gym.

Ritchart poured in 26 points. The 6-foot-8 senior connected on three 3-pointers and was 9-of-11 from the line.

Lou Gambee and Chris Bates each scored 13 points for St. Mary's (6-2).

The Crusaders were hampered by the absence of point guard Connor O'Boyle, who missed his second straight game with a calf injury.

ST. MARY'S (36) — Reeder 0, Grant 5, Harper 5, Gambee 13, Gervais 0, Bates 13, Peterson 0, Britton 0, Ross 0. Totals: 14 2-2 36.

FOREST LAKE CHRISTIAN (44) — Cuneo 0, Camacho 5, Masumbuko 2, Ritchart 26, Knapp 0, Boatman 7, Van Winkle 4, Beste 0. Totals: 12 16-23 44.

St. Mary's 15 4 7 10 — 36

Forest Lake Christian 5 15 8 16 — 44

3-point goals — St. Mary's 6 (Grant 1, Harper 1, Gambee 1, Bates 3), Forest Lake Christian 4 (Ritchart 3, Boatman 1).

ROGUE RIVER 72, CLATSKANIE 61 — At Phoenix, freshman Tyler Johnson connected on nine 3-pointers and scored 27 points for Clatskanie, but Rogue River used a balanced attack and a ball-hawking defense to salvage seventh place.

Rogue River forced 26 turnovers and made just nine.

Brendan Schoner scored 20 points for the Chieftains (5-4) and dished out seven assists.

Darren Taylor added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Justin Brown tossed in 15 points to go with six rebounds for Rogue River.

CLATSKANIE (61) — Somes 7, Floderbeck 10, Anderson 0, Childers 0, Johnson 27, Carson 0, Puzey 4, Engen 5, Krause 2, Cruz 2, White 4. Totals: 20 9-16 61.

ROGUE RIVER (72) — Schoner 20, Reyes 8, Krouse 5, Taylor 15, Garcia 5, Johnson 0, McBee 3, Brown 15, Hargopian 1. Totals: 26 17-31 72.

Clatskanie 14 7 22 18 — 61

Rogue River 12 20 17 23 — 72

3-point goals — Clatskanie 12 (Floderbeck 2, Engen 1, Johnson 9), Rogue River 3 (Schoner 2, McBee 1). Fouled out — Floderbeck, Krouse, Reyes.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN JV 64, BUTTE FALLS 43 — Andrew Sha scored 15 points, Alex Miller had 12 and Eric Morse added 10 for the Cascade Christian JV.

Quinton Weaver led Butte Falls with 15 points and nine rebounds. Teammate Moe Gower had 11 points and five rebounds.

BUTTE FALLS (43) — Weaver 15, Gower 11, McGonagle 8, Casillas 8, Goodman 1, Thompson 0, Ramirez 0, Adams 0, C. Dunham 0, D. Dunham 0. Totals: 14 11-20 43.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN JV (64) — Sha 15, Morse 10, Siliga 5, Sossey 4, Brown 8, M. Smith 3, Carpenter 2, Williams 1, Miller 12, A. Smith 2, Mecham 2, Alexander 0. Totals: 27 7-9 64.

Butte Falls 3 20 10 10 — 43

Cascade Christian JV 11 21 12 20 — 64

3-point goals — Butte Falls 4 (Gower 3, Casillas 1), Cascade Christian JV 3 (Sha 3). Technical foul — Butte Falls coach Horn.

NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN 36, ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 24 — At Phoenix, Jesse Gilley, an all-tournament selection, had eight points and eight rebounds as Rogue Valley Adventist dropped to 1-5 on the season.

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST (24) — Alverez 6, Denton 5, DeLaVega 0, Z. Wood 0, Gilley 8, J. Wood 3, Newfeld 2, Scott 0. Totals: 11-42 2-6 24.

NEW HOPE (36) — Cunningham 12, Stephens 8, Heater 8, Colvin 6, Kim 0, Rossiter 2, Park 0, Harp 0, Mothan 0, Garcia 0. Totals: 14-44 5-12 36.

Rogue Valley Adventist 7 8 3 6 — 24

New Hope 8 9 8 11 — 36

3-point goals — New Hope 3-6 (Stephens 2, Cunningham 1).