CENTRAL POINT — Down 10-0 to start the game, Crater used a stifling defense to fight its way back into the game and eventually picked up one of its biggest wins of the season, 57-46 over Churchill, on Tuesday at Crater High.

The Comets cut the deficit to five entering the second quarter, held Churchill to 15 points over the next two quarters and sealed the win with a spectacular alley-oop dunk by Kiefer Edwards.

The victory, Crater’s 10th straight, allowed the Midwestern League-leading Comets to stay two games ahead of second-place Springfield with three games left on both teams’ regular season schedule.

“It was huge,” Crater coach Chris Schmerbach said. “If you want to get where we want to get, you gotta win your home games. And each one from here on out, they’re all giant.”

Edwards had 15 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, Nathan Bittle 11 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks and Jayden Vranes 10 points and seven assists for the Comets (20-1, 10-1 MWL), who haven’t lost since Jan. 5.

Isaiah Wallace scored 13 points and Everett Lewis eight for Churchill (15-6, 7-4), but were held to a combined four points after halftime as the Comets put the clamps on the Lancers with a man-to-man defense.

“I really felt that in the third quarter, defensively, we were pretty good,” Schmerbach said. “We just really did a good job of contesting shooters and making them shoot over our length inside.”

The Lancers, who entered the game riding a five-game winning streak of their own, pulled within eight points in the fourth before Crater used one final push to put the game on ice.

The Comets punctuated one of their most significant wins to date with possibly the signature play of their season. After grabbing a defensive rebound Bittle pushed the ball ahead to Cade Weaver, who then delivered a perfect jump toss to Edwards for the monster stuff.

“It’s all over Twitter,” Schmerbach said.

Schmerbach added that Crater point guard Vranes delivered one of his best overall performances of the season. Schmerbach also was impressed with his team’s mature approach overall, which helped the team stay composed despite its rough start.

“It was just pretty businesslike in the locker room,” he said. “I’m really proud of the guys, that they understand it’s not going to happen in one game. We talked about trying to be really consistent with our approach to our games, and they understand that Friday (against Marist) is just as big. That mindset will play big dividends down the road for us.”

CHURCHILL (46): S. Bennion 9, Wallace 13, T. Bennion 5, Schwin 6, O’Neil 5, Lewis 8, Nchekwube 0, Wilkerson 0. Totals: 20 2-4 46.

CRATER (57): Ki. Edwards 15, Bittle 11, J. Vranes 10, M. Vranes 6, Weaver 6, Horton 5, Stollings 4, Archer 0. Totals: 21 11-22 57.

Churchill;17;10;5;14;—;46

Crater;12;19;15;11;—;57

3-point goals — Churchill 4 (Schwin 2, Wallace 1, T. Bennion 1), Crater 4 (J. Vranes 2, M. Vranes 1, Horton 1).

JV score — Churchill 41, Crater 31.

NORTH MEDFORD 59, ROSEBURG 48: At Roseburg, North Medford survived a dismal shooting night and an ugly first quarter to pick up the Southwest Conference road win.

Kaison Faust had 18 points, nine rebounds and six steals, and Quinton Rumrey added 12 points, as North Medford (19-3, 8-2 SWC) went 1-for-12 in a four-point opening quarter and 3-for-20 from 3-point range overall.

Oscar Banuelos added eight points and four steals for North.

Roseburg (11-11, 2-8), which was held to 37 percent shooting, was led by Collin Warmouth’s 18 points. Jon Crince and Cody Johnson added eight apiece.

NORTH MEDFORD (59): Wells 4, Sandoval 0, Banuelos 8, Rumrey 12, Thomas 10, O’Connor 0, Parker 7, Faust 18, Spence 0. Totals: 19-52 18-27 59.

ROSEBURG (48): Crince 8, Johnson 8, Seely 0, Warmouth 18, Lake 6, Stone 4, Ellis 4. Totals: 15-35 15-17 48.

North Medford;4;21;17;17;—;59

Roseburg;4;13;13;13;18;—;48

3-point goals — North Medford 3-20 (Thomas 2, Parker 1), Roseburg 3-12 (Crince 1, Johnson 2). Fouled out — Lake.

JV score — North Medford 69, Roseburg 32.

GRANTS PASS 64, SOUTH MEDFORD 40: At Grants Pass, Grants Pass held South Medford to 33 percent shooting from the field and avenged an earlier loss to the Panthers in Southwest Conference play.

South Medford managed only 13 second-half points in dropping to 7-15 overall and 3-8 in league. Grants Pass is 14-8 and 7-3.

Jaalen Owens and Caleb English paced South Medford with nine points each. Jesse Higgins added four blocks.

Randy Clark and Tayler Phillips each scored 13 to lead four Cavemen in double figures.

SOUTH MEDFORD (40): Hunter 7, A. Boster 2, DeBoer 0, Patterson 0, P. Owens 2, T. Boster 0, J. Owens 9, Losinski 4, Fealey 0, English 9, Randleman 2, Higgins 5. Totals: 16 5-5 40.

GRANTS PASS (64): Rich 6, Lopez 10, Rucker 0, Lund 10, Anderson 8, Johnson 2, Lackey 2, Clark 13, Phillips 13. Totals: 28 6-7 64.

South Medford;12;15;7;6;—;40

Grants Pass;20;17;19;8;—;64

3-point goals — South Medford 3 (Hunter 1, J. Owens 2), Grants Pass 2 (Clark 1, Phillips 1).

JV score — Grants Pass won.

ASHLAND 69, EAGLE POINT 57: At Ashland, KJ Pippa scored 19 points, Gabe Ekwall 18 and Ashland outscored Eagle Point 26-15 in the fourth quarter to snap a six-game losing streak and pick up its second Midwestern League victory.

The Grizzlies (6-15, 2-9 MWL) also got 17 points from Anthony Swanson.

Levi Scott scored 16 points to pace the Eagles (3-18, 2-9), who led 26-23 at the half.

EAGLE POINT (57): Adams 13, Z. Scott 9, Judd 2, L. Scott 16, Neyt 10, Hoopes Jr. 0, Vance 6, Gelbrich 3, Gorman 0. Totals: 21 12-16 57.

ASHLAND (69): Pippa 19, Swanson 17, Wallner-Sentle 6, Ekwall 18, A. Jones 6, Shibley 0, Desmond 2, Saulsbury 0. Totals: 25 13-23 69.

Eagle Point;16;10;16;15;—;57

Ashland;9;14;20;26;—;69

3-point goals — Eagle Point 5 (Adams 1, Z. Scott 1, L. Scott 3), Ashland 5 (Swanson 1, Wallner-Sentle 1, Ekwall 1, A. Jones 2). Fouled out — Swanson. Technical foul — Gelbrich.

JV score — Ashland 61, Eagle Point 38.

MAZAMA 69, PHOENIX 41: At Phoenix, Mazama scored 21 points in the third quarter to pull away in the Skyline Conference contest.

The conference-leading Vikings (15-6, 8-1 Sky) face Henley (18-4, 7-2) for the title in the season finale Friday.

Phoenix (5-17, 2-7) got 11 points from Brennan Watts, who made three 3-pointers.

MAZAMA (69): Schram 16, Lopez 15, Luna 0, Coffman 2, Reynolds 13, Hall 9, Kasper 0, Smith 1, Brostherhous 2, Lee 0. Totals: 27 8-15 69.

PHOENIX (41): Martinez 5, Bre. Watts 11, Hutsell 5, Goff 2, Lozano Reyes 5, Lopez 6, Bra. Watts 3, Peterson 0, Gail 4. Totals: 12 12-15 41.

Mazama;17;14;21;17;—69

Phoenix;10;15;7;9;—;41

3-point goals — Mazama 6 (Schram 2, Lopez 2, Reynolds 1, Hall 1), Phoenix 5 (Bre. Watts 3, Lozano Reyes 1, Gail 1). Fouled out — Gail.

JV result — Mazama won.