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Grizz boys fall to McKay in Abby's fourth-place game

Malik Pippa scored 24 points to lead four Grizzlies in double figures but Ashland squandered its best offensive performance of the season in an 86-80 loss to McKay in the fourth-place game of the Abby’s Holiday Classic Wednesday at North Medford High School.

Pippa, a junior guard, scored 12 points in the fourth quarter to keep the Grizzlies within striking distance, but McKay drained nine free throws in the fourth quarter, six by Darrell Woods, to hang on and clinch fourth in the eight-team tournament.

“We played with great effort, just ran out of gas down the stretch,” said Ashland head coach Sam Osofsky, whose team has played five games in the last nine days. “We are excited about how well we’ve competed and improvement we showed during this tough stretch before we go into league next week.”

Junior guard Peyton Fuller hit five 3-pointers on his way to 19 points, while Jake Hansen and Walker Shibley scored 11 points apiece for the Grizzlies (4-6), who open league play Jan. 8 at home against Churchill.

Sophomore guard Khyler Beach scored 21 points and Woods 19 to pace Class 6A McKay (4-6), which has won three of its last four. Also for McKay, 5-foot-5 guard Josaiah Castillo hit four 3-pointers.

ASHLAND (80) – Hasskamp 4, Graham 1, Jones 6, Hansen 11, Shibley 11, Fuller 19, Ellis 2, Pippa 24, Elshalom 3. Totals: 26 19-30 80.

McKAY (86) – Hang 0, Garza 2, Bailey 2, Tavera 12, Castillo 12, Beach 21, Tovar 7, Woods 19, Coronado 2, Wilson 10. Totals: 26 27-40 86.

Ashland 20 15 20 25 – 80

McKay 17 26 17 26 – 86

3-point goals – Ashland 9 (Fuller 5, Pippa 2, Shibley 1, Hasskamp 1), McKay 7 (Castillo 4, Beach 3). Fouled out – Ellis, Pippa.

Women’s Basketball

Senior forward Carly Meister had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead five Raiders in double figures as 13th-ranked Southern Oregon crushed Multnomah 98-51 Wednesday in Cascade Conference action at Mountain Avenue Gym.

Sydney Mullings added 16 points and seven boards, Ashley Claussen 13 points, five steals and four assists, Tiani and Toria Bradford 10 points apiece for the undefeated Raiders (12-0, 5-0 Cascade), who led 32-14 after the first quarter.

Karissa Cox scored 14 points to lead Multnomah (3-10, 1-4), which committed 28 turnovers.

Men’s Basketball

Justin Martin and Clay Sierra scored 20 points apiece, leading 10th-ranked Southern Oregon to a 97-71 Cascade Conference win over Multnomah on Wednesday at Mountain Avenue Gym.

Martin made six of the Raiders’ 12 3-pointers to help SOU improve to 11-3 overall and 5-0 in league play. Jordan Paris and Ben Grandle scored 15 apiece for the Lions (4-9, 1-4).

Southern Oregon hosts Warner Pacific tonight.