Rogue River edges Glide
ROGUE RIVER — It's been seven long years since the Rogue River boys basketball team last reached the playoffs.
The Chieftains took another step closer to erasing that drought on Friday.
After overcoming an 11-point deficit in the first half, Rogue River displayed enough poise in the final minutes to edge visiting Glide 50-49 and avenge one of its three Sunset League losses.
"It's a big win for us," Rogue River coach Scott Anderson said. "We just chipped away and got it done defensively tonight."
Rogue River, which was coming off five straight road games, held Glide to just 22 points in the second half, and junior guard Brendan Schoner scored 18 points — 16 coming in the second half.
"They played that 2-3 zone on us and we were rushing shots and didn't have much patience in the first half," Anderson said. "For him (Schoner) to get hot in the second half definitely opened up that zone. If we don't shoot very good against the zone, it's going to be a long night."
Schoner's fifth 3-pointer of the game gave Rogue River (14-7, 8-3 Sunset) a 48-47 lead with less than three minutes to play.
After trading missed shots, Jon Garcia slipped behind Glide's defense for a layin with 41 seconds to play, putting the Chieftains in front 50-47.
Glide's Will Hissong drove for a layin to cut it to one. Rogue River's Cole Watson had his shot blocked on the ensuing possession with 15 seconds to play, but Hissong had the ball jarred loose as he drove the key again.
Rogue River managed to corral possession and call timeout with 10.5 seconds to play.
The Chieftains' Jackson Mitchell was fouled with 4.4 seconds to play and missed the front end of a one-and-one. Glide called timeout with 2.5 seconds to draw up a last shot, but Hissong stepped out of bounds just before his half-court heave at the buzzer.
"It feels good," Schoner said of the win. "We've been on the road for so long that it feels good just to be back at home."
Schoner was pivotal in the second half. He made three 3-pointers and had 13 points in the third quarter. His floating drive with 50 seconds to play in the third quarter capped a 7-0 run and gave the Chieftains their first lead of the game at 38-36.
His 3-pointer near the third-quarter buzzer gave Rogue River a 41-38 lead.
"I just felt the rhythm, and I kept going with it," Schoner said.
With the win, Rogue River hangs on to second place in the Sunset League for now. The Chieftains were coming off a 69-58 loss to third-place Bandon last Tuesday.
Glide (9-11, 5-6), which entered the game fourth in the league, led 27-16 midway into the second quarter after a 12-2 run. But Rogue River closed the half on an 8-0 run, capped by Dustin Krouse's 3-pointer at the buzzer, to close the gap to just three.
"Krouse, you can't give him enough credit," Anderson said. "He's hit, time and time again, huge 3-point shots. He hit the shot to tie against Myrtle Point in overtime, and the 3-point shot against Bandon to send it to overtime. He's a big shot guy."
Rogue River senior guard Craig Lee had 11 points, seven in the second quarter, and he drew two key charges. Garcia finished with nine points.
The Chieftains' leading scorer, Jackson Mitchell, was held to just seven points, but he did have a career-high 10 assists and added six rebounds.
Hissong had 13 of his 18 points in the first half. Brady Smith finished with 19 points.
"We don't have very many players," Hissong said. "We get tired very fast. We only play six guys, and at the end, it kind of wore on us."
Glide defeated Rogue River in the first meeting 72-66 on Jan. 13.
GLIDE (49) — Dickenson 0, Hissong 18, McCrosky 0, Vickery 0, Smith 19, Bonnell 4, Dyer 0, Clark 7, Gordon 1. Totals: 19 7-10 49.
ROGUE RIVER (50) — Schoner 18, Mitchell 7, Krouse 3, Lee 11, Johnson 2, Garcia 9, Watson 0, Taylor 0. Totals: 19 7-11 50.
Glide 14 13 11 11 — 49
Rogue River 10 14 17 9 — 50
3-point goals — Glide 4 (Hissong 1, Smith 3), Rogue River 5 (Krouse 1, Schoner 4). Technical foul — Rogue River coach Anderson.
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