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Phoenix rebounds in convincing fashion

PHOENIX — The eighth-ranked Phoenix boys basketball team followed up an "embarrassing" performance with a 79-44 victory over Illinois Valley on Friday in Skyline Conference action.

The victory comes on the heels of Phoenix's 41-14 loss at No. 6 Hidden Valley on Tuesday.

"Tuesday was pretty embarrassing," Phoenix coach Brian Miller said. "We're not going to make excuses for guys getting sick. We challenged them. It's just about heart and pride. We haven't had that.

"They responded tonight. I'm really proud of them."

Phoenix (15-6, 8-3 Skyline) took an 8-0 lead to start the game and led by double digits nearly throughout. Andrew George scored 19 points, Codey Barrett had 14 points and nine rebounds and Mike Shepherd recorded his 18th double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

"He's relentless on the boards," Miller said of Shepherd. "He knocks his own teammates over getting rebounds."

Ryan Robinson just missed a double-double of his own with nine points and a career-high nine rebounds off the bench. The Pirates grabbed 40 rebounds as a team and shot 56 percent from the field in outscoring Illinois Valley (11-10, 5-7 Skyline) in every quarter.

Phoenix managed to build its lead by pounding the ball inside and then hitting jumpers to force Illinois Valley's sagging defense to commit to the outside.

The Cougars' Roger Hults and Steven Paul finished with 13 points each.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (44) — Hults 13, Paul 13, Escalante 6, Augustadt 6, Crowl 4, Snook 2, Bergman 0, Heath 0. Totals: 16 9-12 44.

PHOENIX (79) — George 19, Barrett 14, Shepherd 11, Robinson 9, Locken 9, Emerson 8, Workman 5, Hendricks 4, Crichton 0, Sauceda 0, Ralls 0, Reagan 0. Totals: 37 4-11 79.

Illinois Valley 4 8 17 15 — 44

Phoenix 17 18 28 16 — 79

3-point goals — Illinois Valley 3 (Hults 1, Augustadt 1, Paul 1), Phoenix 1 (Locken 1). Technical fouls — Crowl.

JV result — Phoenix won.

HENLEY 81, NORTH VALLEY 48 — At Klamath Falls, Winston Mueller exploded for 24 points, including 18 in the first half, to lead Henley past North Valley.

Mike D'Olivo added 17 points and seven assists for the Hornets (17-4, 10-2 Skyline), who outscored North Valley 53-14 in the first half. Henley also created 23 steals, with 13 coming in the first half.

NORTH VALLEY (48) — Rose 17, Procknow 9, Clark 6, Hiler 6, Kellogg 4, Brumett 2, Larson 2, Wert 2, Tappan 0, Woodruff 0. Totals: 15 15-20 48.

HENLEY (81) — Brewster 6, Staats 4, Evans 7, D'Olivo 17, Mastroianni 8, Lesueur 11, W. Mueller 24, Wedan 2, Farhner 2, Herr 0, E. Mueller 0. Totals: 32 12-21.

North Valley 8 6 9 25 —48

Henley 31 22 12 16 —81

3-point goals — North Valley 3 (Rose 2, Procknow 1), Henley 5 (Mastroianni 2, D'Olivo 2, Evans 1).

JV result — Henley won.

Southern Sky Conference

ASHLAND 67, MAZAMA 52 — At Ashland, Dillon Thigpen scored 21 points to lead Ashland.

Matt Lipski added 19 points and grabbed five rebounds as the Grizzlies (12-9, 7-1 SSC) went 24-for-40 from the field.

Kolton Nelson scored 24 points to lead the Vikings, who took advantage of Ashland's foul trouble by going 18-for-24 from the free-throw line.

MAZAMA (52) — K. Nelson 24, J. Nelson 9, Rose 9, Fields 2, Mawson 2, Millsap 6, Mathis 0, Schiess 0, Swann 0, Quirk 0, Bedard 0, Ayers 0, Reinhard 0. Totals: 15 18-24 52.

ASHLAND (67) — Thigpen 21, Lipski 19, Javna 6, Sebrell 5, Clement 6, Moskowitz 4, Tygerson 4, Raymond 2, Pavlich 0. Totals: 24 15-26 67.

Mazama 9 21 9 13 — 52

Ashland 19 16 17 15 — 67

3-point goals — Ashland 4 (Thigpen 3, Sebrell 1), Mazama 4 (J. Nelson 2, K. Nelson 2). Fouled out — Clement, J. Nelson. Technical fouls — Clement, J. Nelson, Mazama bench 2.

JV score — Ashland 61, Mazama 32.

KLAMATH UNION 76, EAGLE POINT 36 — At Klamath Falls, Klamath Union's Wyatt Lundy scored a game-high 18 points and the Pelicans' menacing defense did the rest.

KU was active on both ends of the floor, scoring 26 points in the first and third quarters and forcing the Eagles into 21 first-half turnovers.

Jonathan Taylor contributed 11 points and eight rebounds for Eagle Point (2-18, 0-9 SSC).

Evan Gallagher added 14 points for Klamath Union.

EAGLE POINT (36) — Taylor 11, A. Marlia 7, Erickson 4, Tuttle 4, Rowley 4, Omotoy 2, Gonsalves 2, Gonzalez 2, Alexander 0, Mensing 0, Banuelos 0. Totals: 13 10-17 36.

KLAMATH UNION (76) — Lundy 18, Chadderdon 9, Foster 8, Brooks 8, Amos 8, Denson 3, Bartolomei 2, Whisler 2, Brown 2, Gallagher 14, McLaughlin 0, Stork 0. Totals: 32 5-7 76.

Eagle Point 5 16 6 9 — 36

Klamath Union 26 13 26 10 — 76

3-point goals — Klamath Union 5 (Lundy 3, Foster 1, Denson 1). Fouled out — Rowley.

JV score — Klamath Union 61, Eagle Point 57.

Mountain Valley League

BUTTE FALLS 53, HOSANNA 45 — At Butte Falls, Butte Falls had all five starters score in double figures in the Mountain Valley League win.

Joey Knighton led the Loggers with 12 points and Josh McGonagle had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Butte Falls (9-13, 6-6 MVL) scored 23 second-quarter points to gain a seven-point advantage going into the half.

HOSANNA (45) — Loverde 16, Achleithner 11, Rice 8, Sizemore 4, Write 2, Crenshaw 4, Collins 0, Phillips 0, Justman 0. Totals: 17 5-11 45.

BUTTE FALLS — Knighton 12, Hamilton 11, Casillas 10, McGonagle 10, Sutfin 10, Mercer 0. Totals: 19 12-17 53.

Hosanna 8 17 6 14 —45

Butte Falls 9 23 10 11 —53

3-point goals — Hosanna 6 (Loverde 4, rice 2), Butte Falls 3 (Casillas 1, Knighton 1, Hamilton 1). Fouled Out — Sizemore.

JV result — Butte Falls won.

PROSPECT 61, PAISLEY 44 — At Prospect, Dakota Gordon scored 30 points and had eight steals, helping Prospect overcome an 18-2 deficit in the first quarter and pick up its second Mountain Valley League victory of the season.

Prospect increased its defensive pressure after the first quarter and managed 23 steals.

Freshman Shane Kelley, coming off a career-high 21 at Gilchrist on Wednesday, scored 10 points, including five in a third-quarter stretch that put Prospect in front for good.

Prospect's Josh Walton added 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting, and had five steals.

Roger Deckers, Paisley's 6-foot-8 exchange student from Holland, scored 24 points.

PAISLEY (44) — Duangion 0, Gilbert 4, Blaix 0, Setezhav 2, Vickerman 4, Hokim 0, Belsoy 10, Deckers 24. Totals: 22-55 0-5 44.

PROSPECT (61) — Forgey 1, Bennett 7, Roe 0, Fernandez 0, Gordon 30, Walton 10, Mahoney 4, Kelley 9. Totals: 24-66 9-11 61.

Paisley 18 6 12 8 —44

Prospect 2 15 15 29 —61

3-point goals — Prospect 7 (Gordon 5, Bennett 1, Kelley 1).