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Morse notches triple-double in win

SALEM — As dominating as the Cascade Christian boys basketball team was in the first half, Umatilla's run-and-gun style never kept them out of Thursday's first round action in the Salem Academy Classic.

The Challengers watched their 21-point halftime lead fizzle but maintained their composure, hanging on for a 60-51 victory at Salem Academy High.

The Challengers (7-1) will take on host Salem Academy in the second round of the 16-team event today at 8 p.m.

"It was just one of those crazy games," Cascade Christian coach Brian Morse said. "It was really fast action. That part was good for us though. We want to see teams that play that hectic style, up-and-down game plan.

"It was good for us just to see that different type of style. It gives us some new things to work on."

That style allowed the versatile senior Scott Morse to thrive.

Morse had a triple-double and nearly completed a quadruple-double — 12 points, 15 rebounds, 10 blocks and eight assists.

Morse also set the tone on the defensive end, helping limit the high-scoring Vikings to just 20 first-half points. The Challengers, who had a 41-20 halftime advantage, were up by as many as 28.

But the Challengers' second half woes began when Umatilla switched to a zone, which forced Cascade Christian to take contested shots from the outside, rather than attack the basket.

"They made it a game," Morse said. "I thought we did a good job trying to slow them down in the first half, but in that second half, we were not as good defensively.

"That was our goal, was to attack. We didn't want to stay outside and huck 3s."

Also making big contributions for the Challengers were post Dustin Hutley and guard Jarrod Hess.

Hutley registered 15 points and eight boards while Hess notched a double-double — 11 points and 10 rebounds — to go with his five assists.

Colton Cochran added 13 points and six rebounds for the Challengers.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (60) — Morse 12, Hutley 15, Hess 11, Litton 0, Joffer 7, Thomas 0, Pech 2, Cochran 13. Totals: 24 13-26 60.

UMATILLA (51) — Russell 2, Williams 15, Navarrete 16, Stice 4, Pawkey 12, Bursell 0, Crensen 0, Bieren 2, Campos 0. Totals: 21 7-10 51.

Cascade Christian 19 22 10 9 — 60

Umatilla 12 8 18 13 — 51

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 1 (Hess), Umatilla 2 (Williams 2). Fouled out — Navarette.

Girls

UMATILLA 50, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 46 — At Salem, after scoring just two points in the opening quarter, the rest of the contest was an uphill battle for Cascade Christian, which fell to Umatilla in the first round of the Salem Academy Tournament.

The Challengers (4-3), who will play host Salem Academy today, grabbed a one-point lead in the second quarter and got within two with 14 seconds remaining in the contest.

Lindsey Blodgett had 10 points, five rebounds, two steals and made two 3-pointers for the Challengers, with freshman Katie Aguilar chipping in with eight points.

Jessica Vandevar netted a game-high 18 points for the Vikings.

UMATILLA (50) — Caspianon 14, J. Vandevar 18, Kas. Kennedy 10, Quintana 4, A. Vandevar 2, Cranston 2, Harris 0, Mendoza 0, Kai. Kennedy 0, Aldred 0. Totals: 19 12-21 50.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (46) — Aguilar 8, Hallmark 6, Martin 4, Vondra 3, Kinney 2, Cesaro 7, Blodgett 10, Barlow 0, Case 0, Cochran 0. Totals: 16 12-15 46.

Umatilla 7 16 10 17 — 50

Cascade Christian 2 14 14 16 — 46

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 3 (Blodgett 2, Hallmark 1).