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Vikings complete title run with triumph over Chieftans

KLAMATH FALLS - The Skyline Conference conquered, the Mazama boys basketball team now turns its attention to grander goals.

Levell Hesia poured in 30 points and three teammates also scored in double figures as the Vikings downed Rogue River, 89-75, on Friday night.

Mazama (20-2, 13-1 Skyline) rallied from a 22-17 deficit after one quarter to close the regular season with an 11th straight Skyline victory. As the conference champion, the Vikings receive an automatic bid to the Class 3A state tournament, March 5-9 in Corvallis.

The Chieftains (17-6, 10-4 Skyline) finish tied for second in the conference with Illinois Valley, but Illinois Valley gets the second seed to the playoffs by virtue of being the only team to beat Mazama.

"We were in a little slump there in the middle of the season," said second-year Chieftains head coach Scott Anderson. "But beating Illinois Valley last game and playing well at Mazama, a very tough place to win, tonight, I'm happy with our last two performances."

Senior post Jason Luchterhand paced Rogue River with 25 points Friday, and reserve sophomore guard Ryan Girodat exploded for a career-high 19. Senior guard Derrick Schoner contributed 17 points.

For the Vikings, junior forward Tyler Larson (14 points), junior post Eric Brosterhous (13), senior guard Jared Giacomelli (10) and junior wing Gary Wagner (10) augmented Hesia's usual outburst.

"We were only down by two with about a minute left in the third quarter," Anderson said. "But then they hit two straight 3s (from Giacomelli and Wagner) to go up by eight heading into the fourth quarter, and we were playing catch up the rest of the way."

Luchterhand fouled out midway through the fourth, and three other Chieftain starters joined him in the waning minutes as Rogue River was forced to foul.

ROGUE RIVER (75) - Luchterhand 25, Coma 0, Marland 0, Branch 0, Corbett 0, R. Mortinson 3, Vaughn 9, Girodat 19, L. Mortinson 0, Hanley 0, Badley 2, Schoner 17. Totals 24 22-26 75.

MAZAMA (91) - Hesia 30, Blank 2, Giacomelli 10, Wagner 10, Poetsch 0, Larson 14, Bocchi 9, Brosterhous 13, Slezak 0, Clark 0. Totals 24 35-49 91.

Rogue River .................................. 22 11 17 25 - 75

Mazama .......................................... 17 17 24 33 - 91

3-point goals - Rogue River 5 (Girodat 3, R. Mortinson 1, Schoner 1), Mazama 8 (Hesia 1, Giacomelli 3, Wagner 2, Larson 2). Fouled out - Luchterhand, L. Mortinson, Vaughn, Schoner.

JV result - Mazama won.

HENLEY 69, ILLINOIS VALLEY 62 - At Klamath Falls, after trailing by six points at halftime, Henley went to a four-corner offense in the second half and made 18 of 25 field goals to rally for the victory.

Henley outscored Illinois Valley 41-28 after intermission.

Senior Ty Munoz tallied a game-high 16 points to lead four Hornet players in double figures. Brian Smith and Kirk Cunningham each added 14 points.

Henley (4-19, 3-11 Skyline) only committed eight turnovers in the game.

For Illinois Valley (16-7, 10-4 Skyline), seniors Justin Graven and Daniel Houston scored 13 points apiece.

The Cougars went 7-0 in the first round of conference play, but stumbled to 3-4 the second half of the league season and finished in a tie for second with Rogue River.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (62) - Graven 13, Houston 13, Mikels 12, Paul 11, Brown 8, Marvin 3, Woods 2, Loock 0. Totals: 27 5-6 62.

HENLEY (69) - Munoz 16, Smith 14, Cunningham 14, Gauntz 12, Hanson 5, Matchett 4, Vargas 4, Leroy 0. Totals: 29 6-9 69.

Illinois Valley.....................................19 15 8 20 - 62

Henley.................................................19 9 23 18 - 69

3-point goals - Illinois Valley 2 (Graven 1, Paul 1), Henley 5 (Gauntz 3, Hanson 1, Cunningham 1). Fouled out - Graven.

JV score - Henley 62, Illinois Valley 37.

HIDDEN VALLEY 66, LAKEVIEW 64 - At Lakeview, Isaac Harrop's layup with 10 seconds to go proved to be the winning basket.

Hidden Valley freshman point guard Josh Gotfried forced a turnover to preserve the victory on Lakeview's final possession.

Lakeview led by two points early in the fourth quarter when a double technical foul on Casey Longacre turned the game around. The Mustangs made all six free throws - two by Gotfried and four by Cody Biler.

Jim Klug led Hidden Valley (8-16, 6-8 Skyline) with 20 points, while Chris Jiron and Biler added 14 each.

For Lakeview (9-15, 2-12 Skyline), Carl Fairburn had a team-high 16 points and eight rebounds.

HIDDEN VALLEY (66) - Jiron 14, Harrop 6, Sanders 0, Boden 5, Gotfried 7, Klug 20, Biler 14. Totals: 24 16-26 66.

LAKEVIEW (64) - Longacre 7, Kiely 8, Nash 2, Nichols 7, Gillessen 12, Sheridan 12, Fairburn 16. 25 11-16 64.

Hidden Valley....................................12 17 12 25 - 66

Lakeview.............................................10 18 19 17 - 64

3-pointers - Hidden Valley 6 (Jiron 3, Biler 2, Gotfried 1), Lakeview — (Longacre 1, Nichols 1, Fairburn 1). Fouled out - Longacre. Technical foul - Longacre 2.

JV score - Hidden Valley 54, Lakeview 53.

PHOENIX-NORTH VALLEY SUSPENDED - At Merlin, the game was suspended midway through the second quarter when the gym lights went out due to a power failure.

The teams waited approximately 45 minutes before the game was postponed to 10 this morning at North Valley.

The game stalled at 4:18 of the second with the score 18-18.