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Cascade Christian topples third-ranked Joseph

PENDLETON - After scouting the Joseph High boys basketball team, even Cascade Christian coach Brian Morse wasn't sure his team could hang with the third-ranked squad in Thursday's consolation matchup in the Class 2A state tournament.

But on defense, the Challengers switched from their usual man-to-man to a 2-3 match-up zone to combat Joseph's tall front line.

On offense, Morse and crew simply crossed their fingers in hopes of continuing their red-hot shooting.

The result surprised most on hand at the Pendleton Convention Center as Cascade Christian (18-11) managed a double-digit lead most of the way before settling for a 65-62 triumph.

"I was stunned by the fact that we even won the game," said Morse. "Really, nobody gave us a chance of even contending with Joseph."

The third-ranked Eagles entered state with a 25-1 record, losing only to St. Mary's of the Southern Cascade League. An opening-round upset by Regis dropped Joseph into the consolation bracket, and the Eagles appeared to be picking up steam after Wednesday's win over Heppner.

That all came crashing down against a game group of Challengers, who used a 10-for-17 effort from 3-point range to shock Joseph.

Leading the charge was sixth-man Tyson Walker, who came off the bench to go 5-for-6 from beyond the arc in scoring a team-high 18 points.

Fair finished with 15 points - all in the first half - on 4-for-7 shooting beyond the arc, while Mychal Sha had 14 as the Challengers shot 45 percent for the game and 59 percent from 3-point range.

Zach Mellow added eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds for Cascade.

Cascade watched a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter dwindle to three points before Walker stemmed the tide with his fifth 3-pointer with 2:12 to play. The rest of the game proved to be a constant march to the free-throw line for the Challengers, who connected on 7 of 12 for the game.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (65) - Sha 14, Gettman 4, Walker 18, Mellow 8, Fair 15, S. Kinney 4, Hammonds 2. Totals: 24-53 7-12 65.

JOSEPH (62) - Nall 16, Stroup 16, Wells 12, Cody Lathrop 0, Butterfield 0, Cole Lathrop 4, Stubblefield 14. Totals: 26-68 7-12 62.

Cascade Christian...............................20 17 12 16 - 65Joseph.......................................................8 19 9 26 - 62

3-point goals - Cascade Christian 10-17 (Sha 1, Walker 5, Fair 4), Joseph 3-19 (Nall 2, Wells 1).

Class 2A Girls

KNAPPA 64, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 45- At Pendleton, Kristin Salamone had 16 points and Amy Roseberg 15 in a losing cause as Cascade Christian bowed out of the tourney.

Whitney Brookins added nine rebounds and seven points for the Challengers (22-5).

Toni Ramvick drilled five 3-pointers in scoring 23 points to lead Knappa, which managed a 37-22 halftime lead.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (45) - Evenson 0, Mellow 4, Roberts 0, Fisher 0, Gettman 2, Kelley 1, Brookins 7, Roseberg 15, Collette 0, Salamone 16. Totals: 18-51 9-13 45.

KNAPPA (64) - Baird 0, Evans 7, Miller 0, Rankin 0, Olds 8, Fransen 4, J. Ho 2, K. Ho 12, Ramvick 23, Nygaard 8, Boardman 0. Totals: 22-57 15-20 64.

Cascade Christian................................10 12 11 12 - 45Knappa...................................................19 18 14 13 - 64

3-point goals - Knappa 5-10 (Ramvick 5).

Class 1A Girls

CONDON 51, BUTTE FALLS 28- At Baker City, Nicole Jamieson scored 17 points as Condon dominated Butte Falls in the first round.

Condon, state champion four of the last five years, overcame 31 percent field goal shooting by making 23 free throws.

Sarah Matthews led Butte Falls with 15 points, scoring four of the team's eight field goals.

The Loggers face No. 2-ranked Damascus Christian, a 48-40 loser to Powder Valley, at 8:30 a.m. today in consolation play.

BUTTE FALLS (28) - Dunlap 6, Matthews 15, Million 5, Smeltz 2, Rowley 0, Hewitt 0, Biando 0, Bartel 0, McKibben 0, McLaughlan 0, Hayes 0, Newby 0. Totals: 8-25 12-22 28.

CONDON (51) - Nicholson 6, Winters 3, Jamieson 17, Jen. Snyder 9, Jes. Snyder 3, Kennedy 0, Anderson 5, Hawk 0, McElligott 0, Humphrey 6, Farrar 2. Totals: 14-45 23-41 51.

Butte Falls..................................................2 6 8 12 - 28Condon.....................................................13 8 17 13 - 51

Fouled out - Rowley, McKibben.

Class 1A Boys

HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 56, POWDER VALLEY 54- At Baker City, Jeremy Chronister scored 16 points to boost Hosanna Christian in the consolation round.

Hosanna Christian overcame a halftime deficit with a stingy defense in the second half. After coming from six behind at the half, the Lions took a 51-44 lead with 1:40 left on the clock, only to see the Badgers make it close.

Craig Paulsen was fouled twice in the last 12.5 seconds and made all four free throws to ice the game and send the Lions into the consolation title game Saturday.

Class 4A Boys

R0SEBURG 58, TUALATIN 49- At Tualatin, Roseburg, the No. — three team from the Southern Oregon Conference, got 20 points from Joe Newton in the subtournament game and needs one more win to advance to the state tournament.

Roseburg visits Churchill, the No. 2 team in the Midwestern League, Saturday.

ROSEBURG (58) - Newton 20, Brundige 10, Stembridge 9, Hall 8, Garrelts 8, Walker 3, Krieg 0, Bauman 0, Pust 0.

TUALATIN (49) - Hardie 16, McGrath 12, Holland 7, Child 8, Lillibridge 4, Friese 2, Winterrowd 0, Wentzell 0, Pelser 0, Guy 0.

Roseburg...............................................16 12 12 18 - 58Tualatin..................................................11 9 10 19 - 49