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Mustangs close in on Skyline Conference crown

MURPHY — Hidden Valley found its home winning streak in danger against Henley in a key Skyline Conference boys basketball game Tuesday.

The Mustangs, whose last home loss came in the state playoffs to Marist four years ago, rallied from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to post a 50-46 victory over the Hornets.

"We showed a lot of desire and a lot of heart," Hidden Valley coach Robert Jackson said. "It's been a long time since we've lost at home."

The fifth-ranked Mustangs (19-4, 11-2 Skyline) need one win in the final two conference games against Illinois Valley and North Valley to clinch their third Skyline title in the last four years. Henley fell to 10-3 in conference play and 17-5 overall.

Kyle Bleser paced the Mustangs with 15 points and Earl Crawford added 14.

"Kyle Bleser stepped up big," said Jackson. "He had three 3s. Every shot he hit was huge. They energized the team and brought us back."

Jackson called a timeout when the Mustangs were down by eight in the final period.

"We'd been forcing some shots trying to catch up," said Jackson. "We concentrated on getting stops on defense. We got some transition baskets and did a great job on our offensive execution."

Hidden Valley's Saxon Gotfried scored 11 points, including six in the fourth quarter, and had five steals. Trevor Porter came alive for five of his seven points in the final period.

"Our six seniors played the majority of the game and got after it," said Jackson. "They always get after it. They do whatever it takes to win."

HENLEY (46) — Mastroianni 11, D'Olivo 10, Lesueur 9, Mueller 6, Wedan 6, Staats 2, Chavarria 2, Brewster 0. Totals: 18 7-10 46.

HIDDEN VALLEY (50) — Bleser 15, Crawford 14, Gotfried 11, Porter 7, Hayter 2, Scott 1, Kasler 0. Totals: 17 13-21 50.

Henley 12 7 15 12 — 46

Hidden Valley 13 10 5 22 — 50

3-point goals — Henley 3 (D'Olivo 1, Mastroianni 2), Hidden Valley 3 (Bleser 3).

JV result — Hidden Valley won.

PHOENIX 61, NORTH VALLEY 42 — At Merlin, Phoenix outscored North Valley 31-11 in the first half on its way to a Skyline Conference win.

Mike Shepherd led the Pirates with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Codey Barrett added 15 points and four assists.

Ross Procknow scored eight points for the Knights, who also got seven apiece from Alex Larson and Eric Hiler.

PHOENIX (61) — Shepherd 17, Barrett 15, Emerson 12, Workman 11, Robinson 5, Bohn 1, Locken 0, Crichton 0, Ralls 0, Hendricks 0, Sauceda 0. Totals: 23 14-22 61.

NORTH VALLEY (42) — Procknow 8, Larson 7, Hiler 7, Woodruff 5, Rose 5, Wert 4, Brummett 2, Kellogg 2, Clark 2, Tappan 0. Totals: 16 6-11 42.

Phoenix 16 15 17 13 — 61

North Valley 2 9 10 21 — 42

3-point goals — North Valley 4 (Procknow 2, Woodruff 1, Rose 1), Phoenix 1 (Emerson 1). Fouled out — Clark.

ROGUE RIVER 62, ILLINOIS VALLEY 57, OT — At Cave Junction, Rogue River senior guard Carson Frantz set a school single-game scoring record with 39 points, including eight of the Chieftains' 10 points in overtime.

Illinois Valley (11-11, 5-8 Skyline), which defeated the Chiefs by 21 and 29 points in the two earlier conference matchups this season, came back from a 15-point, third-quarter deficit.

Cougar freshman guard Roger Hults tied the game at 53-all on a 3-pointer with seconds remaining in regulation. Hults finished with a team-best 19 points and Will Crowl added 14.

Rogue River (4-18, 2-10) received 10 points from sophomore Christian Johnson in his first conference start. Kelly White pulled down 11 rebounds for the Chiefs.

ROGUE RIVER (63) — Schoner 0, Reyes 0, Johnson 10, Hofstrand 2, Lee 4, Mitchell 6, White 2, Frantz 39, Watson 0. Totals: 25 9-10 63.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (57) — Bergman 0, Snook 9, Hults 19, Augustadt 7, Paul 8, Crowl 14, Escalante 0. Totals: 32 3-6 57.

Rogue River 14 10 15 14 10 — 63

Illinois Valley 12 8 15 18 4 — 57

3-point goals — Rogue River 4 (Frantz 4), Illinois Valley 4 (Augustadt 1, Hults 3).

JV result — Rogue River won.

Southern Cascade League

LAKEVIEW 57, ST. MARY'S 42 — Lakeview senior guard Jordan Kiely scored 16 of his game-high 22 points in the second half as the fourth-ranked Honkers clinched the SCL title with the road victory.

Junior guard Si Boggess paced St. Mary's with 16 points and sophomore guard Chris Bates added 10.

St. Mary's led 23-16 near the end of the first half, but three turnovers led to the Honkers pulling to within 23-22 at the break.

St. Mary's (14-7, 8-2 SCL) was playing without starting forward Lou Gambee, who is sidelined with a sprained ankle, and sixth-man Alex Street, who is out for the season with a knee injury.

LAKEVIEW (57) — Hotchkiss 2, Pardue 0, C. Clemens 11, Damuth 8, Dzierzek 0, Jordan Kiely 22, Burkholder 0, Diedrich 0, M. Clemens 10, St. Clair 0, Down 0, Squires 0. Totals: 20 5-5 57.

ST. MARY'S (42) — O'Sullivan 5, O'Boyle 0, Larson 6, Si Boggess 16, Grant 3, Harper 0, Watson 2, Bates 10, Gross 0, Tomlinson 0, Mosely 0. Totals: 16 5-10 42.

Lakeview 7 15 14 21 — 57

St. Mary's 12 11 8 11 — 42

3-point goals — Lakeview 4 (C. Clemens 1, Kiely 1, M. Clemens 2), St. Mary's 5 (O'Sullivan 1, Boggess 1, Grant 1, Bates 2). Fouled out — C. Clemens.

JV score — Lakeview 49, St. Mary's 45.

Mountain Valley League

NORTH LAKE 69, PROSPECT 57 — At Silver Lake, North Lake overcame 38 points from Prospect's Dakota Gordon with a balanced scoring effort that included three players in double figures.

Cory Halsey led North Lake with 18 points and Preston Fivecoat and Nick Reeve added 14 points each in the win.

North Lake led by six points after three quarters before exploding for 25 points in the fourth quarter to pull away.

PROSPECT (57) — Linson 3, Roe 1, Gordon 38, Walton 4, Mahoney 4, Kelly 7, Forgery 0, Fernandez 0. Totals: 22 9-11 57.

NORTH LAKE (69) — Borlak 4, Burke 2, Defender 2, Fivecoat 14, Martin 7, Reeve 14, Halsey 18, McCord 8, Effingham 0, Sprague 0. Totals: 31 4-7 69.

Prospect 14 12 12 19 — 57

North Lake 16 14 14 25 — 69

3-point goals — Prospect 4 (Gordon 2, Linson 1, Kelly 1), North Lake 3 (Halsey 2, Martin 1). Fouled out — Halsey.

TRIAD 50, ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 38 — At Klamath Falls, Triad outscored Rogue Valley Adventist 26-13 over the second and third quarters to move into a tie for first place in the Mountain Valley League with North Lake.

Triad improved to 15-9 overall and 11-2 in MVL play, while Rogue Valley Adventist (15-5, 10-4 MVL) has secured third place in the league.

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST (38) — Cool 12, Denton 9, Robertson 6, Alvarez 5, Farley 4, Wold 2, Wood 0. Totals: 16-42 3-6 38.

TRIAD (50) — E. Smith 16, Trumbull 7, S. Smith 6, Reese 6, J. Ovgard 6, Elliott 5, Peterson 2, Nilsson 2, L. Ovgard 0, Fretzko 0, Lyman 0, Ribleff 0, Moore 0. Totals: 23-53 3-7 50.

Rogue Valley Adventist 7 8 5 18 — 38

Triad 8 13 13 16 — 50

3-point goals — Rogue Valley Adventist 3 (Alvarez 1, Cool 2), Triad 1 (Trumbull 1).