Spear, West clutch in Raider triumph
ASHLAND — Southern Oregon's Joel Spear hung in the air and drilled a contested 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left to force overtime, and Jordan West won it there with a 3-pointer in the corner with 4.6 seconds left as the 13th-ranked Raiders stole an 86-84 win from Corban on Saturday night at Ashland High.
The Raiders (7-2 overall, 1-0 Cascade Conference) trailed by eight points with under four minutes to go in regulation and by three with under two minutes to go in the extra session.
Spear finished with 25 points on 10 of 16 shooting, six assists and six rebounds, and Ben DeSaulnier scored 21 points. Clay Sierra went for 10 points and eight rebounds, and made two key steals of inbounds passes at the end of regulation and OT.
Corban (4-3, 0-1) was led by AJ Monterossi's 19 points and six assists, Toby Roth's 16 points and four assists, and Cyrus Ward's 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
The Warriors threatened to pull away by shooting 6-of-7 from 3-point range in the second half and 2-of-4 from downtown in OT.
SOUTHERN OREGON 112, CORBAN 66: At Ashland, Ashley Claussen scored 28 points on 11 of 16 shooting, Carly Meister went 9-for-14 with 22 points and 11 rebounds, and 15th-ranked Southern Oregon opened Cascade Conference play at Mountain Avenue Gym.
The point total was the second highest in SOU history in a CCC game. The Raiders (7-0 overall) were up 63-35 at halftime and scored 93 through three quarters. Autumn Durand and Courtney Setzer scored 13 apiece, and Tiani Bradford had 11.
The Warriors (4-5) were led by Annie Owen's 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Payton Wilcox scored 16.
BRESSER THIRD: At Las Vegas, Oregon State sophomore Ronnie Bresser won his final two matches and placed third in the 125-pound weight class to lead the Beavers at the Cliff Keen Invitational at the Cashman Center.
After falling 7-2 to No. 3-ranked Joey Dance of Virginia Tech in the semifinals in the morning, the ninth-ranked Bresser scored an escape with nine seconds remaining to edge No. 14 Paul Petrov of Bucknell 3-2 in the third-place semifinals. He then led the entire bout in defeating No. 13 Barlow McGhee of Missouri, 4-3, in the third-place showdown.
Bresser also defeated No. 6 David Terao of American on Friday and finished the tournament with a 5-1 record to lead the 23rd-ranked Beavers to 24th place in the 39-team event with 33.5 points.