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Lokeno layup gives Crater narrow victory

CENTRAL POINT — Troy McNichols was quick to describe the quality of his opponent, West Albany, on Friday.

"West Albany is going to be a good team," McNichols said. "They are very fast and have very good athletes. And they are very big and strong. They've got a lot of tools to work with."

But that all begs the question: Just how good, then, is Crater after posting a come-from-behind, 57-56 victory over those Bulldogs?

"I think it says a lot about us," McNichols said. "It was a gut check. I couldn't be prouder."

Senior guard Josh Lokeno split two defenders off a high screen and scored the game-winning layin with six seconds remaining, and Crater, now 5-0, held off two last attempts by West Albany for the victory.

The Comets relinquished a seven-point lead at the half and trailed by five with three minutes to play after what McNichols deemed "a horrible third quarter."

"Their physicality wore us out," McNichols said. "They were scoring a lot off of rebounds. But we hung in there. Our guys are good enough to where they were never panicking."

Travis Robbins and Michael Hicks recorded steals for Crater, and the Comets tied the game with 1:30 to play. A basket put West Albany in front by one with 30 seconds to play before Lokeno's score. Lokeno had 14 points and four assists in the game.

"I'm really proud of Josh," McNichols said. "Josh has led this team. He's not making the same mistakes he was making last year. You couldn't ask for more out of him. He gets us going."

Robbins led the Comets with 17 points, 10 rebounds and five steals. Mike Hicks had nine points and six rebounds.

WEST ALBANY (56) — Burright 15, Nova 2, Barreras 13, Boone 9, Grossman 8, Kelly 9, Thomas 0, Bayne 0, Lichtenthaler 0, O'Brien 0. Totals: 23 7-11 56.

CRATER (57) — Robbins 17, Clark 7, Lokeno 14, Dalton 10, Hicks 9, Lee 0, Corcoran 0. Totals: 21 12-16 57.

West Albany 11 14 15 16 — 56

Crater 13 19 9 16 — 57

3-point goals — West Albany 3 (Burright 2, Barreras 1), Crater 3 (Lokeno 2, Clark 1). Fouled out — O'Brien.

JV score — South Albany 68, Crater 63.

EAGLE POINT 42, PHOENIX 37, 2 OT — At Phoenix, Austin Rowley was 5 of 6 from the free-throw line in the two overtime periods to help Eagle Point (4-1) escape by Phoenix (2-3) in the Phoenix Invitational.

Logan Winter scored 11 points and had three steals for Eagle Point, and Derek Tuttle added 10 points. Rowley had nine points and 10 rebounds.

Juan Sauceda scored 11 for Phoenix, including a free throw near the end of regulation that sent the game into overtime.

EAGLE POINT (42) — Marlia 5, Winter 11, Tuttle 10, Holmes 8, Rowley 9, Gonzalez 0, Morris 0. Totals: 14 12-17 42.

PHOENIX (37) — Lapat 2, Reagan 8, Ralls 6, Compoy 4, Sauceda 11, Crichton 6, Bohn 0, Damon 0. Totals: 16 1-6 37.

Eagle Point 7 11 9 4 2 9 — 42

Phoenix 13 2 11 5 2 4 — 37

3-point goals — Eagle Point 2 (Marlia 1, Winter 1), Phoenix 2 (Sauceda 2). Fouled out — Reagan.

GRANTS PASS 42, WEST SALEM 30 — At Salem, Grants Pass used a big advantage from the free-throw line to rally in the second half.

Grants Pass (3-1) converted 20 of 30 free throws, while the Titans were 5-for-11. Jordy Romick led the Cavemen with a 7-for-9 performance from the line.

Senior forward Bryce Davidson paced the Cavemen with 10 points and eight rebounds and Ronnie Fields added nine points and eight rebounds.

GRANTS PASS (42) — Nottingham 7, Connelly 3, Tardieu 2, H. Fields 0, Romick 7, VanBuskirk 2, Johnson 2, R. Fields 9, Davidson, Bryce 10. Totals: 11 20-30 42.

WEST SALEM (30) — Chappell 5, Saba 12, Farber 0, Postel 0, Lenz 4, Land-Adams 0, Gonzales 2, Scheller 2, Hicks 0, Aispuro 0, Avila 5. Totals: 11 5-11 30.

Grants Pass 6 9 14 13 — 42

West Salem 14 5 2 9 — 30

3-point goals — Grants Pass 1 (Davidson 1), West Salem 3 (Chappell 1, Saba 2). Fouled out — Lenz.

JV score — West Salem 58, Grants Pass 54, OT.

HIDDEN VALLEY 63, WEED 43 — At Mount Shasta City, Hidden Valley used a balanced scoring attack to advance to the finals of the Mount Shasta Tournament.

Mike Suthann and Todd Woodrum led the Mustangs (2-1) with 12 points apiece, and Taylor Bars added 10 points and a team-high six assists. Kaylan Maynard had seven rebounds.

WEED (43) — Wilson 8, Power 8, Vogel 7, J. West 7, R. West 6, Gonzales 4, Shelton 3, Conner 0. Totals: 15 10-17 43.

HIDDEN VALLEY (63) — Suthann 12, Woodrum 12, Bars 10, Mahuna 9, Krauss 6, Frey 3, Armanino 3, Maynard 2, Iwamizu 2. Totals: 25 6-10 63.

Weed 7 9 16 11 — 43

Hidden Valley 18 18 17 10 — 63

3-point goals — Weed 3 (J. West 1, Wilson 1, Shelton 1), Hidden Valley 7 (Woodrum 2, Suthann 2, Armanino 1, Mahuna 1, Frey 1).

MYRTLE POINT 75, ILLINOIS VALLEY 63 — At Brookings, senior post Kevin Snook registered a double-double with a game-high 24 points and 16 rebounds, but Illinois Valley got knocked into the consolation bracket of the four-team Brookings-Harbor Invitational.

Illinois Valley (3-2) trailed 33-30 at halftime, but the Bobcats opened a 10-point lead in the third quarter that the Cougars could not overcome.

MYRTLE POINT (75) — J. Brown 17, Looney 20, Hamilton 16, Clark 16, Libbitt 6, Davis 0, Dill 0. Totals: 27 16-22 75.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (63) — Snook 24, Augustadt 8, Escalante 12, R. Hults 11, F. Hults 2, Heath 6, Kendall 0, Mikels 0, Glascow 0. Totals: 24 11-18 63.

Myrtle Point 21 12 19 23 — 75

Illinois Valley 16 14 12 21 — 63

3-point goals — Myrtle Point 5 (Brown 1, Looney 2, Clark 2), Illinois Valley 4 (Augustadt 2, Escalante 1, R. Hults 1). Fouled out — Libbitt, Augustadt. Technical foul — R. Hults.

ROGUE RIVER 82, NORTH MEDFORD JV 80, OT — At Rogue River, Brendan Schoner hit the game-winning layup with 10 seconds to play in overtime to propel Rogue River to the consolation semifinal victory at the Chieftain Classic.

Schoner finished with 19 points and spoiled a strong effort from North Medford JV's Jared Knox, who had 24 points, including six 3-pointers.

Knox made five 3-pointers and had 19 points in the third quarter alone.

Jackson Mitchell added 13 points for Rogue River and also tied the game in regulation with three seconds remaining on a coast-to-coast layin.

Rogue River's Craig Lee had 19 points and Cole Watson scored 16.

Dayton Gilinsky added 14 for the Black Tornado.

NORTH MEDFORD JV (80) — Knox 24, Godfrey 9, Ellis 1, Phillips 1, Bradshaw 10, Reese 11, Osmanski 2, Budavari 6, Howitt 2, Dayton Gilinsky 14, Larson 0. Totals: 31 5-11 80.

ROGUE RIVER (82) — Schoner 19, Mitchell 13, Krouse 0, McBee 0, Taylor 4, Garcia 9, Johnson 2, Watson 16, Lee 19. Totals: 26 28-40 82.

North Medford JV 21 15 23 16 5 — 80

Rogue River 14 25 19 17 7 — 82

3-point goals — North Medford 12 (Knox 6, Godfrey 3, Bradshaw 2, Gilinsky 1), Rogue River 2 (Schoner 2). Fouled out — Gilinsky.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 60, ASTORIA 23 — At Eugene, after Astoria's five-point burst to start the game, Cascade Christian went on a 25-0 run in the first round of the Valley River Inn Spartan Classic.

The Challengers (2-0) play last year's Class 4A state champion and tournament host Marist in the finals today at 3:30 p.m.

Cascade Christian's woeful start began with four straight missed 3-pointers, but after a timeout, it attacked the basket and played strong defense.

Ben Joffer had 18 points and five steals for the Challengers, who got 11 points from Scott Morse. Colton Cochran went 5-for-5 for his 10 points and grabbed eight boards.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (60) — Siliga 0, Morse 11, Hutley 6, Hess 7, Lintton 3, Hoffman 3, Joffer 18, Thomas 0, Rasmussen 2, Pech 0, Cochran 10. Totals: 26 3-5 60.

ASTORIA (23) — Poyer 7, Van Gundy 4, Erickson 2, Eterno 5, Lund 2, Graham 1, Johnson 2, Hatcher 0, Einerson 0, Dursse 0. Totals: 9 4-12 23.

Cascade Christian 13 12 16 19 — 60

Astoria 5 2 11 5 — 23

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 5 (Joffer 3, Morse 1, Hess), Astoria 1 (Poyer 1).

ST. MARY'S 45, EAST LINN CHRISTIAN 39 — At Lebanon, St. Mary's (3-1) upset eighth-ranked East Linn in its own tournament behind Si Boggess.

Boggess scored nine of his team-high 13 points in the fourth quarter and limited ELC's top scorer, Kyle Kruesi, to seven points.

A double-double from Chris Bates — 12 points and 10 rebounds — also helped the Crusaders, who received eight points and 12 boards from Lou Gambee.

ST. MARYS (45) — O'Boyle 1, Boggess 13, Grant 1, Harper 1, Gambee 8, Watson 0, Chris Bates 12, Gross 4, Tomlinson 5. Totals: 15 13-28 45.

EAST LINN CHRISTIAN (39) — Whitehead 4, Moore 14, Knox 0, Hill 0, Aitkin 2, Kruesi 7, Nelson 1, Heideger 2, McPartlin 9, Bontraeger 0. Totals: 12 13-20 39.

St. Mary's 11 10 9 15 — 45

East Linn Christian 3 9 11 16 — 39

3-point goals — St. Mary's 2 (Bates 1, Gambee 1), East Linn Christian 2 (Moore 1, Kruesi 1).

BUTTE FALLS 47, PHOENIX JV 35 — At Butte Falls, Harley Casillas and Josh McGonagle both posted double-doubles in an opening-round victory for Butte Falls (3-1) in its four-team tournament.

Casillas scored a game-high 17 points to go with 11 steals, while McGonagle added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Butte Falls had 21 steals and outrebounded Phoenix, 36-27.

PHOENIX JV (35) — T. Keith 14, Bennett 2, Loper 3, Hamilton 2, Brown 8, Herrick 2, Campo 4, Hidde 0, Webber 0, J. Keith 0, Scott 0. Totals: 16 3-3 35.

BUTTE FALLS (47) — Casillas 17, McGonagle 14, Gower 5, Adams 3, Sutfin 6, Weaver 2, Eller 0, Dyck 0, Mallory 0, Kinyon 0, C. Dunham, D. Dunham 0. Totals: 19 7-12 47.

Phoenix JV 10 8 7 10 — 35

Butte Falls 21 6 11 9 — 47

3-point goals — Butte Falls 2 (Gower 1, Sutfin 1).

LYLE, WASH., 83, PROSPECT 45 — At Silver Lake, Lyle's Mike Murphy scored a game-high 20 points and helped the Washington school dominate the boards against Prospect in the opening round of the North Lake Holiday Tournament.

Riley Linson, David Demello and Shane Kelly each scored 10 points for Prospect (1-4).

LYLE (83) — K. Murphy 11, Snyder 16, A. Matai 9, Mike Murphy 20, Lamarr 5, Lawler 1, Smith 2, H. Matai 4, Huffman 2, Eiesland 13, Freemantle 0. Totals: 34 12-19 83.

PROSPECT (45) — Linson 10, Demello 10, Roe 6, Walton 7, Ryan 2, Kelly 10, Bailey 0, Cone 0, Gallagher 0. Totals: 20 3-5 45.

Lyle 19 19 25 20 — 83

Prospect 12 12 10 11 — 45

3-point goals — Lyle 3 (Snyder 2, Lamarr 1), Prospect 2 (Kelly 1, Demello 1).