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Comets use quickness to hustle past Indians

CENTRAL POINT — Crater's small lineup came up big on opening night.

The Comets (1-0), who don't have a player taller than 6-foot-2, used an explosive first quarter to overwhelm Roseburg in a 65-56 victory on Tuesday.

"We came away knowing a little bit more about our team," Crater coach Troy McNichols said. "We have the potential to be a pretty strong team. We are a (small) team, but we are athletic, and we are quick. We try to use that to our advantage."

Crater did just that in the first quarter in taking a 21-11 lead behind a pressure defense. The Comets, who made 5 of 6 from 3-point range in the first half, led 35-19 at the break.

"We did a pretty good job making them take contested shots," McNichols said. "Man for man, Roseburg was probably better than us. But they weren't getting back very well and pushing the ball was key.

"What we saw was a team effort. We really looked like a team, and it's a great way to start the season."

Travis Robbins scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Josh Lokeno had 16 points and six assists and Mike Hicks added 14 points and six rebounds for Crater. Josh Dalton also scored in double figures with 10.

Roseburg (0-1) climbed back into the game in the third quarter, taking advantage of offensive rebounds and Crater turnovers.

But the Indians never could overcome the early double-digit deficit.

"It was really sloppy," McNichols said of the third quarter. "I think fatigue had a lot to do with that. In the fourth quarter, we righted that wrong."

Bradley Seehawer led Roseburg with 17 points.

ROSEBURG (56) — Mendoza 14, Priestley 4, Seehawer 17, Malone 1, Gregg 4, Corder 1, Johnson 6, Sherriff 9, Audiss 0. Totals: 22 6-12 56.

CRATER (65) — Lee 4, Travis Robbins 21, Lokeno 16, Dalton 10, Hicks 14, Corcoran 0, Clark 0, Reed 0. Totals: 24 11-13 65.

Roseburg 11 8 19 18 — 56

Crater 21 14 14 16 — 65

3-point goals — Roseburg 6 (Mendoza 2, Seehawer 3, Sherriff 1), Crater 6 (Robbins 1, Lokeno 3, Hicks 2). Technical fouls — Crater bench, Roseburg bench.

JV score — Crater 41, Roseburg 38.

EAGLE POINT 66, YREKA 47 — At Yreka, Calif., Austin Rowley poured in 19 points to lead four Eagle Point players in double figures in the season opener for both teams.

Logan Winter added 14 points, Derek Tuttle had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Tyrone Holmes had 10 points and seven rebounds to give head coach Brian Winter a victory in his debut game with the Eagles.

Austin Marlia added nine points, five assists and four steals for EP.

EAGLE POINT (66) — VanDyke 3, Marlia 9, Winter 14, Tuttle 11, Holmes 10, Rowley 19, Gonzalez 0, Reed 0, Morris 0, Rogers 0. Totals: 27-49 8-20 66.

YREKA (47) — Larrear 6, White 2, Brooks 2, Carter 14, Ward 5, Marks 13, Humphrey 1, Watkins 4, Burrer 0, Fisher 0. Totals: 20 5-9 47.

Eagle Point 16 14 17 18 — 66

Yreka 12 15 11 9 — 47

3-point goals — Eagle Point 2 (Winter 2), Yreka 5 (Carter 4, Ward 1).

JV score — Eagle Point 77, Yreka 34.

GRANTS PASS 48, SPRAGUE 41 — At Grants Pass, Matt Nottingham tallied 16 of his game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter to help Grants Pass pull away for the season-opening win.

Ronnie Fields added 10 points while Bryce Davidson and David Connelly each had eight for the Cavemen.

Michael Moyer had 15 points and Taylor Roos added 13 to pace Sprague.

SPRAGUE (41) — Kidd 0, Ta. Roos 13, Merrill 4, Tr. Roos 5, Villwock 0, Mattison 2, Moyer 15, Ellis 2, Manary 0. Totals: 11 17-25 41.

GRANTS PASS (48) — Nottingham 18, Connelly 8, Tardieu 2, Miller 0, Griggs 0, Romick 2, Schrader 0, Johnson 0, Fields 10, Davidson 8. Totals: 16 13-15 48.

Sprague 10 9 6 16 — 41

Grants Pass 14 7 4 23 — 48

3-point goals — Sprague 2 (Ta. Roos 2), Grants Pass 3 (Nottingham 1, Connelly 1, Fields 1). Fouled out — Kidd, Romick.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 55, SOUTH UMPQUA 52 ­— At Cave Junction, Kevin Snook and Roger Hults led Illinois Valley with 19 points each in the season-opening win.

Leading 38-35 entering the fourth quarter, the Cougars (1-0) found themselves trailing by eight at one point, but with nine of Hults' points coming in the final quarter, Illinois Valley rallied.

The Lancers (0-1) led by six at halftime but weren't able to hold on. Ryan Smedley led them with 24 points, including four 3-pointers.

Illinois Valley 10 9 19 17 — 55

South Umpqua 9 16 10 17 — 53

ILLINOIS VALLEY (55) — Snook 19, Augustadt 9, Escalante 2, R. Hults 19, F. Hults 4, Mikels 2, Heath, Kendall. Totals: 24 4-8 55

SOUTH UMPQUA (53) —Schoonhoven 12, Smedley 24, Huling 3, Jansen 13, Aliff 2, McFarland 4. Totals: 16 2-3 53

3-point goals- Illinois Valley 1 (R. Hults 1), South Umpqua 6 (Smedley 4, Schoonhoven 2).

JV score — Illinois Valley 39, South Umpqua 32.

ROGUE RIVER 63, ST. MARY'S 51 — At Rogue River, Rogue River's defensive pressure forced 33 turnovers and the Chieftains outscored St. Mary's 25-8 in the decisive fourth quarter of the season opener for both teams.

Jackson Mitchell scored 10 of his game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter for Class 3A Rogue River, while teammate Brendan Schoner added 16 points and Kelly White had 10 rebounds and seven points. Craig Lee also had seven steals, six points and five assists for the Chieftains.

For Class 2A St. Mary's, Lou Gambee had 14 points and Chris Bates added 13, while Si Boggess added seven points and five assists and Zach Tomlinson pulled down a team-high five rebounds. Keenan Grant also added four steals for the Crusaders.

ST. MARY'S (51) — O'Boyle 2, Boggess 7, Grant 2, Harper 7, Gambee 14, Watson 0, Bates 13, Gross 0, Tomlinson 4, Mosley 2. Totals: 19 9-12 51.

ROGUE RIVER (63) — Schoner 16, Mitchell 20, Krouse 0, Watson 4, White 7, Lee 6, Johnson 3, Taylor 6, Garcia 1, McBee 0. Totals: 19 23-45 63.

St. Mary's 10 19 14 8 — 51

Rogue River 8 20 10 25 — 63

3-point goals — St. Mary's 4 (Bates 2, Gambee 1, Harper 1), Rogue River 2 (Mitchell 1, Schoner 1). Fouled out — Mosley, Harper.

JV result — Rogue River won.

MILO ADVENTIST 63, PROSPECT 39 — At Prospect, Milo Adventist steadily pulled away for the nonleague victory.

David Demello had 15 points and Riley Linson 12 points and 10 rebounds to pace Prospect. Shane Kelly added 10 points.

MILO ADVENTIST (63) — Sheese 5, Milam 5, Benton 10, O'Reilly 2, Miller 4, Milam 2, Fillman 19, Marshall 6, Barahona 10, Henry 0, Baze 0. Totals: 27 7-16 63.

PROSPECT (39) — Kelly 10, Demello 15, Cone 0, Linson 12, Roe 0, Walton 2, Chenne 0, Ryan 0, Wilson 0. Totals: 14 8-12 39.

Milo Adventist 11 15 21 16 — 63

Prospect 8 6 14 11 — 39

3-point goals — Milo Adventist 2 (Fillman 1, Sheese 1), Prospect 3 (Demello 3).

JV score — Prospect 54, Milo Adventist 18.

BUTTE FALLS 56, NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN 37 — At Butte Falls, Moe Gower scored 15 points and Butte Falls (1-0) avenged a 20-point loss last season against New Hope Christian (0-1).

Harley Casillas added 12 points and 10 steals, and Josh McGonagle added seven points and eight rebounds for the Loggers, who led 28-14 at the half and 45-20 after the third quarter.

Josh Dyck and Josh Sutfin added eight each for Butte Falls.

NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN (37) — J. Colvin 8, Hillier 9, Heater 3, Garcia 4, Rossiter 1, Molthan 3, Stephens 2, Park 7, Padilla 0, Jaynes 0. Totals: 13 9-18 37.

BUTTE FALLS (56) — Gower 15, Casillas 12, Dyck 8, McGonagle 7, Sutfin 8, Weaver 4, Adams 2, Myers 0, Eller 0, C. Dunham 0, D. Dunham 0. Totals: 23 9-15 56.

New Hope Christian 6 8 6 17 — 37

Butte Falls 15 13 17 11 — 56

3-point goals — New Hope Christian 2 (Heater 1, Hillier 1), Butte Falls 1 (Gower). Fouled out — Garcia.

JV results — Butte Falls won.