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Comets play long ball to top Indians, 66-53

CENTRAL POINT -- Faced with the prospect of challenging 6-foot-8 Roseburg center Matt Brown, the Crater boys basketball team opted to play long ball on Saturday night.

We tried to get up and down the court a little bit and tried to put the pressure on him to get back, Crater coach Matt Meunier said.

The strategy worked.

The Comets nailed 9 of 18 shots from beyond the 3-point line -- including four by Jake Stickley -- and secured a 66-53 Southern Oregon Conference upset victory over Roseburg.

Crater (10-9, 4-7 SOC) jumped to a 17-5 lead after the first quarter behind eight points by Stickley and seven from the Comets' Matt Brown. The Comets never trailed again.

We defended well in the first quarter, Meunier said.

The Indians, who fell into a three-way tie for second with North Medford and Klamath Union at 8-4, got 20 points and nine rebounds from Brown, but no more than seven points from anyone else. Brown had nine of his 20 in the fourth quarter.

ROSEBURG (53) -- Brown 20, Libby 7, Coen 5, Henderson 6, Linderman 4, Micalek 6, Cordell 5. Totals: 25-51 5-11 53.

CRATER (66) -- Brown 17, Stickley 14, Wango 5, Korthals 6, Foster 2, Jacobs 10, Harthun 12, Asay 0. Totals: 25-54 7-12 66.

Roseburg5 16 14 18 -- 53

Crater17 14 17 18 -- 66

3-point goals -- Roseburg 2 (Coen 1, Cordell 1), Crater 9 (Stickley 4, Korthals 2, Brown 2, Harthun 1). Fouled out -- Roseburg's Brown.

JV score -- Roseburg 80, Crater 67.

MAZAMA 72, EAGLE POINT 70 -- At Klamath Falls, Brent Palmer scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to help the Vikings hold off a late charge by Eagle Point.

Mazama (4-12, 4-8 SOC), which never trailed, also got 18 points from Kyle Michaelis. Palmer hit 15 of 16 free throws and the Vikings made 27 of 34 shots from the foul line as a team.

B.J. Mallari provided the fourth-quarter punch for the Eagles, scoring 11 of his 19 as Eagle Point outscored Mazama 26-18 in the final period.

EAGLE POINT (70) -- Mallari 19, Rouhier 12, Sawyer 10, Lucas 10, Hansen 8, Garrett 4, Stewart 6, Kezer 2, Murphy 0, Johnston 0. Totals: 31-70 4-10 70.

MAZAMA (72) -- Palmer 22, Michaelis 18, Neves 6, Carswell 14, Bussey 12, Fast 0, Batsell 0, Zahler 0. Totals: 20-51 27-34 72.

Eagle Point14 12 18 26 -- 70

Mazama18 18 18 18 -- 72

3-point goals -- Eagle Point 4-11 (Mallari 2, Hansen 2), Mazama 3-11 (Palmer 1, Michaelis 1, Carswell 1). Fouled out -- Sawyer. Technical fouls -- Lucas.

JV score -- Eagle Point 72, Mazama 64 OT

KLAMATH UNION 59, GRANTS PASS 58 -- At Grants Pass, Mark Chocktoot had 22 points, including two free throws with two seconds left on the clock to give Klamath Union the win.

Grants Pass, which trailed by 15 points at one point in the contest, rallied to take a one-point lead with seven seconds to play before fouling Chocktoot behind the 3-point line.

Kyle Johnson added 14 points for the Pelicans.

Obie Strickler led Grants Pass with a season-high 22 points. Reed Sorenson added 15 points for the Cavemen.

KLAMATH UNION (59) -- Chocktoot 22, Johnson 14, Bennett 8, Hedlund 5, Yee 4, Tucker 3, Bailey 3, Woodrum 0, Davison 0. Totals: 23 4-6 59.

GRANTS PASS (58) -- Strickler 27, Lathen 3, Stewart 7, Thompson 4, Slagle 0, Barbee 0, Sorenson 15, Stine 2, Howard 0. Totals: 23 9-11 58.

Klamath Union19 13 11 16 -- 59

Grants Pass12 12 17 17 -- 58

3-point goals -- Klamath Union 9 (Chocktoot 4, Bennett 2, Hedlund 1, Tucker 1, Bailey 1), Grants Pass — (Strickler 2, Lathen 1). Fouled out -- Bennett.

JV game -- Grants Pass won.

Girls

EAGLE POINT 64, MAZAMA 38 -- At Eagle Point, the Eagles opened up a 22-9 first-quarter lead and never looked back.

Becky Gregory, the SOC's leading scorer, fought off double teams all night and managed 12 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.

Deena Young paced all scorers with 17 points for Mazama, which dropped to 1-14 in the SOC.

The Eagles improved to 9-5 in the SOC.

MAZAMA (38) -- Peeples 7, Sha 3, Bednar 2, K. Young 4, Guetzloe 5, Burk 0, Mills 0, D. Young 17, Hart 0. Totals: 15 3-9 38.

EAGLE POINT (62) -- Smith 0, Thomas 0, Lucas 0, Damon 6, Roths 16, Gregory 12, Bernhardt 2, Lee 0, Crandall 12, Ford 0, Happel 16. Totals: 25 11-15 62.

Mazama9 7 11 11 -- 38

Eagle Point22 12 21 9 -- 62

3-point goals -- Mazama 5 (D. Young 5), Eagle Point — (Roths 2, Happel 1). Fouled out -- Ryan.

JV score -- Mazama 47, Eagle Point 41.

KLAMATH UNION 62, GRANTS PASS 38 -- At Klamath Falls, Jessyca Arthur scored nine of her 17 points in the second quarter as the Pelicans took control.

Mary Bales added 10 for Klamath Union (16-6, 8-6), while Danielle Dobie had eight points and nine rebounds in the Pelicans' final home game of the regular season.

Kacy Williams paced the Cavers with 17.

GRANTS PASS (38) -- Thomason 1, Hopkins 9, Barbian 3, Higgins 1, Williams 17, Kleier 5, Moser 2, Lane 0, Thompson 0, Kelly 0. Totals: 11 16-26 38.

KLAMATH UNION (62) -- Gilbert 2, Arthur 17, Sargent 4, Dobey 8, Thomas 4, Bales 10, Sandusky 3, Frei 6, Ullman 8, Sa. Davison 0, Sh. Davison 0, Todd 0, Richards 0, Kellstrom 0. Totals: 26 9-10 62.

Grants Pass4 12 11 11 -- 38

Klamath Union10 19 16 17 -- 62

3-point goals -- Klamath Union — (Sandusky 1).

JV score -- Klamath Union 62, Grants Pass 35.

CRATER 58, ROSEBURG 46 -- At Roseburg, Chassie Wiersma's 15 points helped sixth-ranked Crater slip past Roseburg.

Emily Wiley added eight points for the Comets (18-2, 12-1), whose next contest will be a showdown with eighth-ranked North Medford on Friday.

Crystal Stephens led the Indians (4-7, 8-13) with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

CRATER (58) -- Cha. Wiersma 15, Dunlap 7, Robbins 7, Wiley 8, Ross 6, Schneider 6, Che. Wiersma 5, McLeod 4, Gentile 0, Caster 0. Totals: 21 16-19 58.

ROSEBURG (46) -- Stephens 15, Wolf 9, Crossfield 8, Hall 4, Randall 4, Dod 4, Johnson 2, M. Makinson 0. Totals: 17 10-16 46.

Crater7 14 19 18 -- 58

Roseburg9 10 13 14 -- 46

3-point goals -- Roseburg 2 (Crossfield 2). Technical fouls -- Wiley.

JV game -- Crater won.