Late 3 sends Pirates to 4A title tilt
CORVALLIS — Alone he stood, in the corner of Alex Young's left eye and on the periphery of history.
There were five seconds left in the game and the Phoenix boys basketball team trailed Roosevelt by two points on Thursday.
Calmly, Justin Bohn received a pass from Young, pulled up as the defense reacted and released a 3-pointer from the left baseline.
As the throng of Phoenix students nearby looked on with frozen expressions, the ball sailed in the air before splashing through the net and giving the Pirates a 42-41 victory over the Roughriders in the Class 4A state semifinal game at Gill Colisuem.
The clutch shot and victory left Bohn stunned for a moment and vaulted Phoenix into its first Class 4A state championship contest since 1992.
"It's surreal right now," the senior guard said. "I shot the ball, it went in, I didn't really know what happened when it went in. I don't know. I didn't want to get too excited because there was still time left on the clock. It was awesome. It was a great game."
Roosevelt was left with 2.8 seconds following Bohn's game-winning bucket. Guard Bryan Archie's desperate heave was off, igniting a Pirate celebration.
Tyler Dungannon scored 15 points and Justin Bohn and Alex Young each added eight for Phoenix, which led by as many as 14 points in the first half before finding itself in an edge-of-your-seat tilt late.
The Pirates (22-6) overcame a cold stretch in the second quarter, a slow fourth-quarter start and a few Roughrider (17-8) rallies to survive. Phoenix will play Cottage Grove today. The Lions (24-3) upset Skyline champion Mazama (27-2) 57-42 in the other semifinal on Thursday.
A ninth-place finish at the NAIA Wrestling National Championships helped Southern Oregon climb to 12th place in the first winter NAIA Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings.
The Raiders are tied with Shorter (Ga.) for 12th with 289 points. Azusa Pacific sits in first place with 538.5 points.
Points for the standings are awarded based on each institution's finish at the national championships in up to 12 sports — six women's and six men's.
The Raiders were in second place after the fall standings were released, thanks to the efforts if the men's and women's cross country teams and the volleyball squad.
The Raiders won the national championship in men's cross country and finished seventh in women's cross country. The volleyball team finished 13th at the NAIA National Tournament.
SOU has made progress in the Directors' Cup the last couple years, scoring back-to-back to back 50th place finishes in 2009-10 and 2008-09. SOU's best ever finish was 22nd back in 2001-02.
The final winter standings will be released March 24.