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Bartels helps Phoenix rally past Lancers

PHOENIX

-- The Phoenix High boys basketball team did its best impersonation of a miner on Friday night.

The Pirates found themselves buried in a 12-point first quarter hole, but finally dug their way out to secure a 67-56 non-league victory over South Umpqua.

The Lancers knocked down all five of their 3-pointers in the first quarter to take a 24-14 lead at the first buzzer.

We got in a deep hole, said Phoenix coach Randy Shipley. Everything they (South Umpqua) put up in the first quarter seemed to go in.

But instead of hitting the snooze button after the first quarter buzzer sounded, the Pirates woke right up behind the play of Andy Bartels.

Bartels scored 12 of his game-high 21 points and had eight rebounds in the second quarter to help the Pirates come to life.

Andy got us on track in the second quarter, said Shipley, whose club improved to 3-3. He really got us rolling.

Bartels offensive explosion fueled the Phoenix attack as it outscored South Umpqua 39-14 over the next two quarters with an attacking defense to back up Bartels and company.

That (defense) is going to be the key for us this year, said Shipley. We want to get the game at a hectic pace, and we try to do that with our defense.

Kevin Jeffers proved to be another sparkplug for the Pirates, scoring 15 points and grabbing eight rebounds.

I was really pleased with the way Andy and Kevin rebounded, said Shipley. We created some turnovers and that really turned the game around..

SOUTH UMPQUA (56)-- Pires 0, Savage 0, Ireland 2, Shirtcliff 10, Denton 0, Britt 6, Stevenson 17, Walker 1, Bare 13, Tucker 0, Nixon 7. Totals: 17 17-28 56.

PHOENIX (67)-- Bartels 21, McClusky 2, Kohler 6, Rombach 8, Murphy 6, Jeffers 15, Prewitt 0, Brink 3, Duffell 4, Rhodes 0, Kessler 0. Totals: 26 12-16 67.

South Umpqua

.........24 7 7 18 -- 56 Phoenix

................14 20 19 14 -- 67

3-point goals -- South Umpqua 5 (Stevenson, Britt 2, Shirtcliff 1), Phoenix — (Bartels 2, Brink 1). Technical fouls -- Phoenix (Duffell).

JV game -- Phoenix won.

GOLD BEACH 54, ROGUE RIVER 40-- At Cave Junction, senior forward Jeff Jentzsch notched a game-high 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds but Rogue River (1-4) dropped its opening-round game in the Illinois Valley Holiday Tournament.

The Chieftains trailed by one point at halftime, but went cold from the field in the second half. Rogue River managed only 28 percent on 8-of-29 shooting in the second half, while Gold Beach was 63 percent from the field.

Rogue River fell behind by 10 points early in the fourth quarter, then Gold Beach capitalized on some easy opportunities when the Chiefs were forced to gamble defensively.

GOLD BEACH (54)-- Grace 13, Zuber 13, Smith 4, Wegner 9, MacLourie 7, Hart 6, Pretti 2. Totals: 22 8-19 54.

ROGUE RIVER (40)-- Jentzsch 16, Schoner 8, R. Mortinson 2, Horn 0, L. Mortinson 0, Welch 2, Badley 3, Horton 5, Luchterhand 4. Totals: 16 7-9 40.

Gold Beach

.........8 13 14 19 -- 54 Rogue

River

........10 10 8 12 -- 40

3-point goals -- Gold Beach 2 (Wegner 2), Rogue River — (Schoner 1).

MIRAMONTE 71, SOUTH MEDFORD 56-- At Red Bluff, South Medford fell behind early and never recovered against the Orinda, Calif., school in the semifinals of the eight-team Red Bluff Daily News Holiday Classic.

The Matadors jumped to a 24-14 first-quarter lead against the Panthers (2-3).

Miramonte shot 58 percent from the field and South Medford coach Dennis Murphy estimated the Panthers turned the ball over at least 18 times.

Senior point guard Steve Hilgendorf paced South Medford with 11 points and senior post Nick Decker added nine.

Justin Blackwood and Brett Grisham scored 18 points each to lead the Matadors.

South Medford will play for third place at 4:30 p.m. today.

SOUTH MEDFORD (56)-- Hilgendorf 11, Heil 7, McKay 2, Rasmussen 6, Wallenberg 4, Mulhollen 2, Grant 4, Kime 5, Decker 9, Fiegi 0. Totals: 20 4-5 56.

MIRAMONTE (71)-- Blackwood 18, Anderson 3, Schauer 16, Panawek 5, Adams 2, Hunsucker 3, Grisham 18, Fletcher 6, Buestad 0, Blair 0, Robertson 0. Totals: 27 12-18 71.

South Medford

.....14 10 10 16 -- 56 Miramonte

...........25 13 22 11 -- 71

3-point goals -- South Medford 6 (Hilgendorf 3, Heil 1, Rasmussen 2), Miramonte 5 (Anderson 1, Schauer 4).

GRANTS PASS 73, MCKINLEYVILLE 41-- At Crescent City, Calif., Andy Dobner tossed in 21 points, including five 3-pointers, helping the Cavemen advance to the championship contest at the Del Norte Tournament.

Brant Miner added 17 points, while Tyler York dished out nine assists for Grants Pass (5-0), which will play Del Norte in today's final.

MCKINLEYVILLE (41)-- Richards 0, McConnell 3, Fusek 0, Hudson 4, Ziemer 6, Cane 4, Mariani 0, Badeaux 0, Damron 7, Christian 8, Sundberg 3, Smith 6, Daley 0. Totals: 16 5-16 41.

GRANTS PASS (73)-- Lesher 6, York 2, Minor 17, Dobner 21, Berg 4, Schirle 0, Lathen 5, De la Grange 7, Elseth 11. Totals: 26 14-27 73.

McKinleyville

........7 9 13 12 -- 41 Grants Pass

.......15 17 27 14 -- 73

3-point goals -- McKinleyville 4, (McConnell 1, Ziemer 2, Damron 1), Grants Pass 7 (Minor 2, Dobner 5).

NORTH BEND 47, CRATER 41-- At Central Point, poor free throw shooting was the Comets' Achilles heel in their non-league loss to Midwestern League foe North Bend.

Crater shot a paltry 5 of 20 from the charity stripe in falling to 2-4 on the season.

P.J. Price and Andy Haas led the Comets with 12 points apiece, while price contributed his second double-double of the season, grabbing 10 rebounds.

NORTH BEND (47)-- Moe 9, Praus 3, Schrader 7, Speasl 9, K. Johnson 8, M. Johnson 7, Peterson 3, Hunter 1. Totals: 16-39 11-18 47.

CRATER (41)-- Price 12, Wright 4, Jones 8, Darnell 5, Haas 12, Petersen 0, Pettegrew 0. Totals: 17-47 5-20 41.

North Bend

.......5 15 14 13 -- 47 Crater

..................8 5 9 19 -- 41

3-point goals -- North Bend 4 (Praus 1, Schrader 1, Speasl 1, K. Johnson 1), Crater — (Price 3). Fouled out -- Wright. Technical fouls -- K. Johnson.

JV game -- Crater won.

Class 2A

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 55, BUTTE FALLS 51-- Andy Baker paced three Challengers in double figures, scoring 16 points and tallying five steals to lead the Cascade Christian past Butte Falls.

Will Vanderstoel chipped in with 14 points and eight rebounds for Cascade Christian, which upped its record to 4-1. Jordan Ferrell was the third Challenger to reach double digits, tallying 10 points.

Travis Smeltz led the Loggers with 16 points, while teammate Nick Rodgers added 12.

BUTTE FALLS (51)-- Harrington 9, Hampton 0, Rodgers 12, Stevenson 6, Sizemore 0, Smeltz 16, Rowden 6, Hayes 0, Noel 2. Totals: 20 4-7 51.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (55)-- Sha 2, Kimmelshue 4, Jenkins 7, Prins 2, Baker 16, Kelley 0, Hefley 0, Vanderstoel 14, Rawding 0, Ferrell 10, Payn 0. Totals: 21 10-11 55.

Butte Falls

...................9 13 20 9 -- 51 Cascade Christian

....18 10 13 14 -- 55

3-point goals -- Butte Falls 7 (Harrington 1, Stevenson 1, Smeltz 4, Rowden 1), Cascade Christian — (Baker 2, Kimmelshue 1). Fouled out -- Harrington.