RAIDER ROUNDUP: SOU women win 10th straight
ASHLAND — Southern Oregon’s 10th consecutive win wasn’t the prettiest of the bunch, but the 63-45 defeat of Corban Saturday at Lithia Motors Pavilion induced minimal stress and kept the Raiders alone in first place in the Cascade Conference.
Sophomore forward Kami Walk had 18 points, six rebounds and four steals as SOU went to 12-1 overall and 5-0 in the CCC. She was 10-of-12 at the free-throw line with better luck there than the Raiders had from the field, where they hit at a 36-percent clip and went 4-of-25 on 3-pointers.
They neutralized those issues with advantage of plus-12 in both turnovers forced (26 to 14) and offensive rebounds (15 to 3). Those translated to 23 more field-goal attempts for the Raiders than the Warriors (1-11, 0-5).
SOU point guard Brianna Phiakhamngon capped an stellar weekend with 10 points and four assists. Syd’Nee Fryer had seven points, five rebounds and four steals. Kalei Iwami and Clara Robbins combined for 14 bench points. Robbins, a freshman forward, also totaled a season-high four blocks.
Corban shot 39.5% from the field, making it the sixth SOU opponent in seven games to finish below 40%.
Eight of the Raiders’ 10 wins during their streak have been decided by double digits. Walk has led them in scoring in eight of them.
SOU 75, CORBAN 69: At Ashland, Atmar Mundu provided a much-needed spark for Southern Oregon, leading the Raiders over Corban at Lithia Motors Pavilion that salvaged a CCC weekend split.
Mundu, a junior guard in his first season at SOU, tallied 23 points, six rebounds and four assists in his first start. A night after earning it by scoring 15 points on 5-of-5 shooting as the Raiders (5-8, 2-3 CCC) lost a late lead to Bushnell, he went 8-of-11 overall and helped them close with 11 points over the final eight minutes.
Josh Meyer shot 8-of-14 in his second straight 20-point performance, adding eight rebounds and three steals. His frontcourt mate, Joe Juhala, had 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.
Mundu and Tez Allen — who came through with six points, eight assists and seven rebounds — directed an offense that produced a season-best 58.3 field-goal percentage. SOU hadn’t done better than 46% in any of its previous eight outings.
SOUTHEASTERN 26, SOU 13: At Reno, Nev., a few tight decisions went third-ranked Southeastern of Florida’s way and swung the team score in the Fire’s dual win Friday night.
The Raiders (3-4 overall) banked two upsets in the matchup and raced out to a 10-0 lead. Pancho Barrera, who climbed to No. 13 in this week’s latest NAIA 125-pound rankings, opened with a dominant 9-0 major decision over 16th-ranked Esau Bazilme, and 19th-ranked Evan Potter defeated Xavier Williamson 5-2 at 133 pounds. Nick Peterson completed the perfect start by knocking off 11th-ranked Kael Brisker 8-2 at 141 pounds.
JJ Talavera scored SOU’s other upset at 157 pounds, topping 16th-ranked Sal Silva 12-5. Heavyweight Jacob Bernstein nearly pulled off another one against seventh-ranked Jesse Pryor but lost 3-1 in a sudden victory.
125 — Pancho Barrera, SOU, major dec. Esau Bazilme, 9-0; 133 — Evan Potter, SOU, dec. Xavier Williamson, 5-2; 141 — Nick Peterson, SOU, dec. Kael Brisker, 8-2; 149 — Chris Kelly, SEU, pinned Travis Thorpe, 5:55; 157 — JJ Talavera, SOU, dec. Sal Silva, 12-5.
165 — Wyatt Kirkham, SEU, dec. Max Miller, 4-3; 174 — Stephen Kelle, SEU, dec. Noah Talavera, 8-2 SV; 184 — Blake Rypel, SEU, tech. fall Ayden Wolgamott, 17-1 (6:28); 197 — Gage Braun, SEU, pinned John White, 4:20; 285 — Jesse Pryor, SEU, dec. Jacob Bernstein, 3-1 SV.