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With second chance, Ashland wins

With second chance, Ashland wins

ASHLAND ' Kyle Grewal gave Ashland a second chance, and the Grizzlies' seniors didn't waste it.

Grewal missed a free throw that would have won the game in regulation, opening the door for consecutive 3-pointers in overtime by Josh Cornelius and Sam Littleton. Ashland went on to beat the Enver Creek Cougars, 57-51, Friday night in the first-round of the inaugural Ashland Rotary Hoop Classic at Mountain Avenue Gym.

We were fortunate enough to get a win tonight and we're happy for the kids, Ashland head coach Rick Cornelius said, but it was just a lot of fun to see the fans this excited in December and have that kind of game on the floor.

The win advances Ashland (3-0) to today's tournament championship game against the Port Angeles (Wash.) Rough Riders. Port Angeles beat North Valley (Nev.) in the other semifinal game.

Ashland led throughout, but after Cornelius missed the front end of a one-and-one Enver Creek (B.C.) had the ball down by just one with 27 seconds left.

Bryan Laserich missed a wide-open 17-foot jumper with about five seconds left, leading to a frantic struggle under the basket, during which three Enver Creek (5-3) shots were either blocked or missed off the front of the rim. Grewal missed on a fourth attempt, but Littleton was called for the foul. With the crowd on its feet, Grewal clanked his first free throw then rimmed in the second.

— Cornelius put Ashland back on top for good 10 seconds into overtime, swishing a wide open 3-pointer. Littleton rattled home another, his fourth of the game, on Ashland's next possession to give the Grizzlies a 52-46 lead.

Cornelius scored a team-high 17 points, six in overtime, while Littleton added 14 points and six assists. Senior forward Colin Reinstedt added 11 points and three assists.

Grewal, a 6-foot-5 senior forward, scored a game-high 24 points, 18 after halftime, and Kujo Jhaj, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, added 14 points.

The title tilt is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

We're expecting another real good, physical, competitive game, Cornelius said. These are the kind of games you want, these are the kind of games you learn from and you grow from, and you kind of mold a group of kids into a team.

ENVER CREEK (51)

' K. Grewal 24, Jassal 6, Laserich 4, K. Grewal 2, Jhaj 14. Totals: 21 9-15 51.

ASHLAND (57) ' Costantino 5, Littleton 14, Reinstedt 11, Cornelius 17, Pittman 8, Ramos 2. Totals: 20 9-19 57.

Enver Creek............................10 10 13 13 5 ' 51

Ashland...................................17 12 13 4 11 ' 57

3-point goals ' Enver Creek — (Jhaj 1), Ashland 7 (Littleton 4, Cornelius 2, Reinstedt 1).

GRANTS PASS 85, WEST ALBANY 81 '

At Albany, Grants Pass erupted for 50 first-half points in the nonconference win.

Jason Nunnemaker tallied 25 points and nine rebounds to lead Grants Pass (1-3), while Craig Dolmage added 18 points and six rebounds

Austin Wiersma (16 points, six assists) and Billy Cowell (eight points, nine rebounds) also played well for the Cavemen.

West Albany, which shot 9-for-31 from beyond the arc, received 26 points from Curtis Denos.

GRANTS PASS (85) ' Thorp 4, Mahr 2, Cowell 8, Saxon 8, Morgan 2, Wiersma 16, Dolmage 18, Ingledue 2, Nunnemaker 25, Carpenter 0. Totals: 35 12-22 85.

WEST ALBANY (81) ' Habberly 19, Sorem 8, Schuller 0, Parker 4, Edward 6, King 5, McHenry 1, Dixon 5, Pyle 0, Prince 7, Curtis Denos 26. Totals: 31 10-17 81.

Grants Pass...............................29 21 15 20 ' 85

west Albany..............................25 13 21 22 ' 81

3-point goals ' Grants Pass — (Wiersma 2, Dolmage 1), West Albany 9 (Habberly 3, Sorem 2, King 1, Dixon 1, Denos 2). Fouled out ' Wiersma, Sorem, Denos. Technical fouls ' Cowell, coach Cowell.

PONDEROSA 53, HIDDEN VALLEY 32 ' At Redding, Calif., in a matchup of two unbeaten teams, Ponderosa struck first and routed Hidden Valley at the Central Valley Tournament.

Jimmy Sager was the only member of the Mustangs (5-1) to reach double digits with 10 points, as the No. 2-ranked team in Class 3A dropped its first game of the season. Ponderosa (5-0) buried Hidden Valley in the second quarter, outscoring the Mustangs 22-9 to take a 14-point halftime lead.

Ponderosa's Russell Beau had 18 points and Jacob Baldwin 15.

Jordan Hayter added seven points for Hidden Valley and Alex Demith and Jordan Kasler each chipped in with six.

PONDEROSA (53) ' Beal 18, Baldwin 15, Beal 8, Natoly 4, Gubbins 4, Gold 2, Durner 2. Totals: 23 7-7 53.

HIDDEN VALLEY (32) ' Sager 10, Hayter 7, Demith 6, Kasler 6, Richardson 2, Crowe 1. Totals: 13 7-11 32.

Hidden Valley.................................4 9 7 12 ' 32

Ponderosa.....................................5 22 17 9' 53

JV score ' Hidden Valley 54, Ponderosa 50 (overtime).

GLIDE 71, ILLINOIS VALLEY 59 ' At Cave Junction, Illinois Valley senior post Kalen Snook scored a game-high 29 points in the opening round of the Cougars' holiday tournament

Illinois Valley could never climb out of a 17-2 first-quarter hole.

Glide was paced by a 26-point effort from Bo Jackson.

GLIDE (71) ' Jackson 26, D. Basiliades 18, Smith 14, A. Basiliades 4, Barker 4, Dyer 4, Faber 1, Price 0, Bonnell 0, S. Jackson 0.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (59) ' Snook 29, Paul 9, Mucha 9, Mikels 5, Baker 3, Hocker 2, Crowl 2, McMahan 0.

Glide...........................................17 11 21 22 ' 71

Illinois Valley..............................2 14 17 26 ' 59

MODOC 50, ROGUE RIVER 42 ' At Yreka, Calif., despite a career-high 19 points from Spencer Frantz and a solid defensive outing, Rogue River was outscored 23-9 in the first quarter and never able to catch up in the constellation bracket of the Yreka Tournament.

Micah Eppler scored 14 of Modoc's 23 first-quarter points, including four 3-pointers.

Frantz added eight rebounds and Ryan Castro grabbed 11 rebounds to go with his five points for the Chieftains (1-5).

ROGUE RIVER (42) ' Heddon 0, Fuller 0 S. Frantz 19, Castro 5, Mortinson 2, Winfrey 4, Friend 2, C. Frantz 6, Goss 4. Totals: 15 7-15 42.

MODOC (50) ' Bonham 5, Eppler 19, Dunn 4, Wolf 0, Burgess 14, Wheeler 2, Mason 0, Philpott 3, Hall 3. Totals: 21 1-4 50.

Rogue River...................................9 8 14 11 ' 42

Modoc..........................................23 5 11 11 ' 50

3-point goals ' Modoc 7 (Eppler 5, Bonham 1, Philpott 1), Rogue River 5 (S. Frantz 3, C. Frantz 2).

ST. MARY'S 57, WESTSIDE CHRISTIAN 48 ' At Lake Oswego, Austin Grant scored eight of his 10 points in the first quarter to get St. Mary's off to a quick start as the Crusaders cruised to their third straight victory.

Richie Kaimie scored a game-high 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting and Robby Boggess tied his career-high with 10 points off the bench for the Crusaders (4-1).

ST. MARY'S (57) ' Grant 10, Slavenski 1, Kaimie 16, Sutton 2, Gambee 0, Midtlying 7, Greene 4, Boggess 10, O'Sullivan 0, Meeker 0, Terry 7. Totals: 25 4-7 57.

WESTSIDE CHRISTIAN (48) ' Michaelson 0, Brown 2, Gilham 0, Reiff 10, Rich 6, Potts 10, Rose 2, Ulrich 0, Emmons 15, Sonnenberg 3. Totals: 18 10-15 48.

St. Mary's....................................21 16 15 5 ' 57

Westside Christian.....................15 12 8 13 ' 48

3-point goals ' St. Mary's — (Kaimie 1, Midtlying 1, Terry 1), Westside Christian 2 (Rich 2).

JV result ' St. Mary's 71, Westside Christian 63.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 67, BROOKINGS 64, OT ' At Cave Junction, Cascade Christian rallied from a 14-point deficit with six minutes to play to force overtime and then Andrew Shipley sealed the victory by converting 4-for-4 free throws in the semifinals of the Illinois Valley Holiday Tournament.

The Challengers (3-1) used a full-court press in the final six minutes of regulation to force seven turnovers. Shipley, who finished with 13 points, had four steals during the run.

Brian Thomas scored a team-high 14 points for Cascade, while Josh Heidegger added 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Chris Buck helped out with 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter.

BROOKINGS (64) ' Burhanf 5, Eszlinger 13, Damien 10, Mattoes 7, Bansemer 10, Bay 6, Hodge 6, Chambers 4, Pruden 3. Totals: 21 19-25 64.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (67) ' Sha 0, A. Shipley 13, D. Shipley 4, Wipf 2, Heidegger 12, Thomas 14, Burchfiel 4, Hillis 0, Buck 12, Ayala 4. Totals: 25 12-17 67.

Brookings.................................8 18 11 20 7 ' 64

Cascade Christian..................12 15 8 22 10 ' 67

3-point goals ' Brookings — (Mattoes 1, Pruden 1, Bansemer 1), Cascade Christian — (Thomas 2, A. Shipley 1). Fouled out ' Thomas.

EAGLE POINT JV 47, BUTTE FALLS 43 '

At Eagle Point, Austin Rowley scored a game-high 18 points and the Eagle Point junior varsity outscored Butte Falls 24-15 in the second half for a come-from-behind victory in the nonconference contest.

The Eagles (3-1) also received eight points from both David Brasel and Daniel Mitchell.

Chris Stephenson led the Loggers (3-2) with 14 points and Dillon Ross added 12.

BUTTE FALLS (43) ' Stephenson 14, Carter 7, Ross 12, Hamilton 3, Knighton 7, Dyck 0, White 0, Sutfin 0. Totals: 15 12-18 43.

EAGLE POINT JV (47) ' Rowley 18, Davis 5, Erickson 2, Miers 4, Brasel 8, Taylor 2, Mitchell 8, Charlton 0. Totals: 18 10-20 47.

Butte Falls.................................15 13 8 7 ' 43

Eagle Point JV...........................13 10 11 13 ' 47

3-point goals ' Butte Falls — (Hamilton 1), Eagle Point — (Davis 1). Fouled out ' Stephenson. Technical fouls ' Stephenson, Coach Horn, Davis.

NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN 54, PAISLEY 38 ' At Grants Pass, Billy Nelson scored a game-high 18 points and Trevor Howerton added 12 points, 12 rebounds and four assists to help New Hope

Christian win its season opener.

The Warriors started the game on an 11-2 run and built a 20-point lead in the third quarter.

Jon Allaire scored eight points and snatched a team-high 13 rebounds for New Hope (1-0).

Leo Babb's 18 points led Paisley.

PAISLEY (38) ' L. Babb 18, St. Louis 9, Jeffery 4, Davis 3, Lunsford 2, Colton 2, S. Babb 0, Martin 0, Vickerman 0. Totals: 16 3-9 38.

NEW HOPE (54) ' Nelson 18, Howerton 12, Allaire 8, Mrkvicka 8, Haynes 4, Bowdoin 2, Hillier 0, Colton 0, Spano 0, Josh Cunningham John Cunningham Ward 0. Totals: 25 1-4 54.

Paisley...........................................10 6 13 9 ' 38

New Hope Christian.................15 13 15 11 ' 54

3-point goals ' New Hope — (Howerton 2, Nelson 1), Paisley — (L. Babb 2, St. Louis 1).