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Grizzlies rally to stun Pelicans in OT

KLAMATH FALLS ' The Ashland High boys basketball team was all but dead and buried Friday night, but the Grizzlies came to life in the fourth quarter and overtime to pull out a 72-71 Southern Oregon Conference victory over Klamath Union.

Sam Littleton drilled a 3-point basket with 32 seconds remaining in regulation play that tied the game at 60-all and forced overtime.

Ashland (15-6, 7-4 SOC) then quickly built a five-point lead in the extra session and hung on for the hard-earned win.

I don't care if (the Pelicans) have five eighth graders on the floor, it's hard to get a win over there, Ashland coach Rick Cornelius said of playing at KU. They play well at home and play with a lot of energy.

Littleton, a junior guard who played two quarters in the JV game, made five 3-point baskets and led the Grizzlies with 18 points.

— He kept us in there when things got really ugly, Cornelius said of Littleton. He gave us the kind of game we were hoping to see from him a little sooner but he wasn't ready.

He finally came around in a big way and had a couple huge buckets in the end.

Senior post Jeff Skinner added 14 points and 14 rebounds for Ashland, with nine of the boards coming in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Senior guard Daniel Bennett paced the Pelicans (6-15, 2-9 SOC) with 25 points and 12 rebounds and junior forward Daniel Landrum had 21.

Down the stretch we missed a couple of backdoor layups and they came alive with their 3-point shooting, Klamath Union coach Brett Crawford said. The Littleton kid really helped them at crunch time.

Klamath Union led 38-26 at halftime and stretched its lead to as many as 18 points in the third quarter. The Pelicans still led 52-37 heading into the fourth before Ashland made its big comeback.

It's tough to come back like that on the road ' give them credit, Crawford said. We had chances to put them away and couldn't.

Josh McDermott added 13 points for Ashland.

ASHLAND (72) '

Littleton 18, Cornelius 17, Skinner 14, McDermott 13, Cor. Costantino 6, Reinstedt 3, Kitchell 1, Lee 0, Eriksen 0, Col. Costantino 0. Totals: 24 13-23 72.

KLAMATH UNION (71) ' Bennett 25, Landrum 21, Hughes 14, Martin 7, Gallagher 2, Yazzie 2, Garcia 0, Foster 0. Totals: 22 22-27 71.

Ashland.................................. 20 6 11 23 12 ' 72

Klamath Union.......................17 21 14 8 11 ' 71

3-point goals ' Ashland 11 (Littleton 5, Skinner 2, Cornelius 2, McDermott 1, Reinstedt 1), Klamath Union 5 (Landrum 2, Bennett 1, Hughes 1, Martin 1). Fouled out ' Cor. Costantino. Technical fouls ' Cor. Costantino, Klamath Union bench.

JV result ' Ashland won.

SOUTH MEDFORD 93, EAGLE POINT 52 '

South Medford pulled away from a 32-32 tie late in the first half to rout Eagle Point and provide head coach Dennis Murphy with his 449th varsity coaching victory and 500th overall.

Kyle Singler scored the final six points of the first half to give the Panthers (17-4, 10-1 SOC) a 38-32 lead at the break. The 6-foot-8 sophomore forward finished with a game-high 27 points.

South Medford outscored Eagle Point 55-20 in the second half.

Junior guard Mychal Williams led the Eagles (6-15, 1-10 SOC) with 19 points.

Murphy ran his career coaching record to 500-219 with the win, with 51 of those wins coming at the junior varsity level. Murphy has posted a 326-99 varsity record in his 16-plus seasons at South Medford.

EAGLE POINT (52) ' Almaraz 13, Bateman 2, Williams 19, Grieve 13, Hagert 5, Krzyzanski 0, Boles 0, Owens 0, Strickland 0, Warner 0, Nevin 0. Totals: 18 8-11 52.

SOUTH MEDFORD (93) ' Singler 27, Gielow 16, Daley 16, Johnson 10, Adams 6, McKay 6, Harthun 4, Weaver 4, DeSimone 2, Wright 2. Totals: 34 25-35 93.

Eagle Point................................. 17 15 5 15 ' 52

South Medford..........................18 20 29 26 ' 93

3-point goals ' Eagle Point 8 (Williams 4, Almaraz 3, Hagert 1). Fouled out ' Warner, Hagert. Technical fouls ' South Medford coach Murphy.

JV result ' South Medford won.

ROSEBURG 82, CRATER 52 '

At Central Point, senior Isaiah Smith scored a game-high 21 points to lead five Roseburg players in double figures.

Roseburg improved to 20-1 overall and 10-1 in the SOC.

Senior forward Lenny Pierce scored a career-high 17 points for Crater (3-18, 1-10 SOC).

ROSEBURG (82) '

Davis 15, Snook 5, Schott 4, Walkup 3, Smith 21, B. Malone 6, Stricklin 10, Thompson 18, J. Malone 0, Stephens 0. Totals: 34 17-20 82.

CRATER (52) ' Louie 5, Pierce 17, Robertson 8, Moser 10, Hunt 1, Hartzer 5, Uhles 2, Oshel 4, Crook 0, Hogenson 0, Wasniewski 0. Totals: 21 5-9 52.

Roseburg.................................23 20 19 20 ' 82

Crater......................................12 14 10 16 ' 52

3-point goals ' Roseburg 7 (Davis 2, Snook 1, B. Malone 2, Thompson 2), Crater 5 (Robertson 2, Moser 2, Hartzer 1). Fouled out ' Oshel.

JV score ' Roseburg 59, Crater 45