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Runberg, Brothers power the Comets

CENTRAL POINT — If you wanted to find Drew Runberg, all you had to do was find the basketball in Crater's 81-57 Southern Sky Conference boys victory over Klamath Union on Tuesday.

Runberg, a 6-foot-5 senior, had 16 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists as the Comets improved to 7-1 in league and 14-6 overall.

Nick Brothers led Crater in scoring with 27 points and added 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals.

"I thought Drew had a great game," said Crater coach Troy McNichols. "He was just everywhere. He did a great job of defending, too. Often times, he had to defend someone who was a lot smaller than he was, and he was a man on the boards. Another great thing he did was outlet the ball really well. As he secured the ball, he was looking up the floor and caught a couple streakers. He looked really good tonight."

Crater built an early lead and steadily, if not rapidly, added to it. The Comets led 19-10 after one quarter and 38-27 at halftime.

Crater shot 61 percent (29 of 47) from the field and 69 percent on 2-pointers.

"The score is a little deceptive," said McNichols. "Klamath hung around for a little while. We didn't always take care of the basketball."

McNichols was pleased with the Comets' work on the boards and their defense against a Pelicans team that has decent shooters.

And when the visitors were creating "havoc" in a bid to get back into the contest, Crater "showed a little poise down the stretch," he said. "That was nice to see."

Travis Robbins had 15 points, five rebounds and three steals for the Comets, and point guard Josh Lokeno contributed 12 points and played a solid floor game, said McNichols.

Wyatt Lundy scored 22 for Klamath Union.

KLAMATH UNION (57) — Foster 11, Brooks 4, Lundy 22, Denson 3, Chadderdon 7, Gallagher 10, McLoughlin 0, Whisler 0, Amos 0. Totals: 22 10-17 57.

CRATER (81) — Lee 2, Robbins 15, Lahuna 1, Clark 2, Brothers 27, Lokeno 12, Dalton 2, Runberg 16, Murphy 4, Hicks 0, Corcoran 0. Totals: 29 21-27 81.

Klamath Union 10 17 14 16 — 57

Crater 19 19 18 25 — 81

3-point goals — Klamath Union 5 (Lundy 4, Gallagher 1), Crater 2 (Brothers 2). Fouled out — Gallagher. Technical foul — Brooks.

JV score — Crater 87, Klamath Union 57.

ASHLAND 66, EAGLE POINT 46 — At Eagle Point, Matt Lipski scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Ashland to the SSC win.

Dillon Thigpen added 13 points as Ashland improved to 8-1 in conference and 13-8 overall. Charlie Sebrell added 10 points, six steals and six assists.

Austin Rowley led the Eagles (2-9, 0-10 SSC) with 14 points.

ASHLAND (66) — Lipski 15, Thigpen 13, Sebrell 10, Wilson 5, Costantino 3, Tygerson 4, Javna 4, Clement 3, Paulich 3, Moskowitz 2, Amrhein 2, Raymond 2. Totals: 23 13-18 66.

EAGLE POINT (46) — Rowley 14, Brasel 9, Erickson 8, Marlia 7, Taylor 4, Tuttle 2, Gonzalez 0. Totals: 15 11-14 46.

Ashland 12 20 17 17 —66

Eagle Point 11 9 10 16 —46

3-point goals — Ashland 7 (Thigpen 2, Sebrell 2, Paulich 1, Costantino 1, Wilson 1), Eagle Point 5 (Marlia 2, Brasel 1, Rowley 1). Fouled out — Taylor.

JV result — Ashland won.

Southwest Boys

ROSEBURG 55, GRANTS PASS 52 — At Roseburg, Roseburg jumped out to a 17-4 first-quarter lead before holding off Grants Pass to get the win.

Zach Hancock led the Indians with 20 points, and Jake Cavens added 10 points before fouling out.

Roseburg outscored the Cavemen by eight points over the final three quarters.

GRANTS PASS (52) — Saxon 23, Carpenter 8, West 7, Parker 6, Morgan 3, Fields 3, Wiersma 2, Davidson 0. Totals: 18 12-20 50.

ROSEBURG (55) — Hancock 20, Cavens 10, Whitman 9, Sherriff 6, B. Johnson 4, J. Johnson 3, Malone 2, Priestley 1, Corder 0. Totals: 21 11-23 55.

Grants Pass 4 15 16 17 —52

Roseburg 17 12 12 14 —55

3-point goals — Grants Pass 4 (Morgan 1, Fields 1, Parker 1, West 1), Roseburg 2 (Hancock 2). Fouled Out — Cavens.

JV result — Roseburg won.

Southern Sky Girls

ASHLAND 66, EAGLE POINT 25 — At Ashland, Brenna Heater racked up 26 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots for Ashland, which clinched the top spot in the Southern Sky with its 21st straight victory.

The Grizzlies (21-2, 10-0 SSC) built a 38-14 halftime lead and went 20-for-25 from the free-throw line in the game. Heater was 12-for-14 from the stripe.

Ashland's Allison Gida had 15 points, four assists and four steals, and Kelsey McKinnis added nine points and five assists.

Ashland's Heidi Siebenlist played strong defense and had four steals and five rebounds, and teammate Layla Zare also came up with four steals.

EAGLE POINT (25) — Wyatt 5, O'Conner 0, Jo. Henderson 1, Ju. Henderson 0, Mason 2, Dale 2, Desrevedo 2, Baker 4, Hendrick 3, Leaf 4, Hagy 2, Schipman 2. Totals: 11 1-8 25.

ASHLAND (66) — Heater 26, Contreras 1, Del Carlo 5, Gida 15, Petitt 0, McKinnis 9, Siebenlist 0, Zare 4, Silbowitz 4, Pavlich 0, Van Vleck 2. Totals: 22 20-25 66.

Eagle Point 6 8 5 6 — 25

Ashland 22 15 15 14 — 66

3-point goals — Ashland 2 (McKinnis 1, Del Carlo 1), Eagle Point 2 (Hendrick 1, Wyatt 1).

JV result — Ashland won.

CRATER 68, KLAMATH UNION 39 — At Klamath Falls, Jenny Noon scored 28 points and Crater rolled to the Southern Sky Conference victory.

Crater is now 7-2 in the SSC and is 21/2 back of first-place Ashland. The two teams meet Friday at Crater.

CRATER (68) — Hills 4, Deschamps 9, Noon 28, Steel 3, Herd 11, Britton 4, Albright 4, Harding 5, Kapple 0, Sullivan 0, Saling 0, Powell 0. Totals 29 5-8 68.

KLAMATH UNION (39) — Doshier 3, Choukalos 14, Gilbert 9, Walker 2, Bliss 2, Holloway 2, Kellom 2, Burns 3, Roberts 2, Cesena 0, Luther 0, Witcraft 0, Woodley 0. Totals 14 5-11 39.

Crater 14 12 18 24 —68

Klamath Union 12 1 14 12 —39

3-point goals — Crater 4 (Noon 2, Deschamps 1, Herd 1), Klamath Union 6 (Gilbert 3, Choukalos 1, Doshier 1, Burns 1).

JV game — Crater won.

Southwest Girls

GRANTS PASS 49, ROSEBURG 32 — At Grants Pass, fourth-place Grants Pass opened a two-game lead on South Medford with three to play in the race for the SWC's final state playoff berth.

The Cavers (13-8, 6-6 SWC) outrebounded Roseburg 35-22 and held the Indians to single-digit scoring in each of the first three quarters.

Chelsey Chamberlain had 18 points and nine rebounds for Grants Pass, while Natasha Torgerson had 13 points and eight rebounds and Gabby Randall had 11 points and eight boards.

ROSEBURG (32) — Baker 8, Wilton 8, Berry-Cabiao 5, Jarvis 1, Whitman 2, Erickson 6, Hutchins 2, Whitrock 0. Totals: 13-37 6-9 32.

GRANTS PASS (49) — Chamberlain 18, Torgerson 13, Randall 11, Franko 2, Pepperling 3, Loffer 2, Zottola 0, Soares 0, Aguilera 0, Stephenson 0. Totals: 18-48 11-25 49.

Roseburg 6 4 8 14 — 32

Grants Pass 12 10 13 14 — 49

3-point goals — Grants Pass 2 (Chamberlain 1, Torgerson 1). Fouled out — Jarvis.

JV score — Grants Pass 37, Roseburg 31.