Grizzlies battle, but fall to Raiders in 5A play-in game
CORVALLIS — The Ashland boys basketball team’s 2017-18 season came to an end Wednesday night, as the Grizzlies fell 66-58 to Crescent Valley in a OSAA Class 5A state tournament play-in game.
The Raiders (15-10 overall), who finished third in the Mid-Willamette Conference in the regular season, outscored the Grizzlies 16-5 in what proved to be the decisive third quarter to turn a 35-all halftime score into a 51-40 advantage heading into the final quarter.
“I thought that our intensity and execution on defense led to offense (in the first half). We got some great looks and really spread them out in transition,” Ashland head coach Sam Osofsky said. “We had a stretch in the first five minutes of the third quarter where we got a lot of great looks, but they didn’t fall. Those five minutes were a little too much to overcome. We really worked hard defensively and got the shots that we wanted to, but they didn’t fall for us.”
Crescent Valley’s AJ Sandvig scored 15 of his game-high 22 points in the first half and connected on five of the Raiders’ six 3-pointers in the game. Tariq Harris — who scored a game-high 31 points against Ashland at the Crescent Valley Invitational in late-December — added 18 points in the win.
Ashland’s backcourt of KJ Pippa and Anthony Swanson combined for over half of the Grizzlies’ points in the game. Swanson finished with a team-high 18 points, while Pippa — who was named as a third-team all-Midwestern League selection earlier in the week — had 17.
Adam Jones also scored in double figures with 11 points, while Gabe Ekwall added seven for the Grizzlies.
Pippa and Jones each hit three 3-pointers in the game.
Ashland finished the season with a 7-18 record.
ASHLAND (58): Pippa 17, Swanson 18, Wallner-Sentle 3, Ekwall 7, A. Jones 11, Shibley 0, Watson 0, Desmond 2, C. Jones 0. Totals: 19 10-17 58.
CRESCENT VALLEY (66): Sandvig 22, Prasad 2, Killen 4, Boock 2, Harris 18, King 0, Heede 9, Sanders 9. Totals: 23 14-24 66.
3-point goals — Ashland 8 (Pippa 3, Wallner-Sentle 1, Ekwall 1, A. Jones 3), Crescent Valley 6 (Sandvig 5, Harris 1).
ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon University softball team's Cascade Conference series against The College of Idaho has been pushed to Sunday and Monday due to a winter storm expected to arrive in the Rogue Valley this week.
The four-game set will be held at SOU's University Field unless it is deemed unplayable, in which case the teams will move to the artificial turf at U.S. Cellular Community Park in Medford. First pitch for Sunday's doubleheader is scheduled for noon, and Monday's doubleheader will start at 11 a.m.
The games, which will serve as the Raiders' home openers, were originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday. SOU was also originally slated to host a nonleague twin bill Sunday against Simpson (Calif.), but those games have been rescheduled for April 11.