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Rough third quarter dooms St. Mary's

Despite trailing by three points at halftime against Chiloquin, St. Mary's coach Rick Jackson was comfortable with his team's situation in a key Southern Cascade League boys basketball game Saturday.

Then the Panthers came out more aggressive after intermission and the Crusaders didn't respond. Chiloquin used a big third quarter to pull away for a 62-49 victory at the St. Mary's gym.

The win moves Chiloquin into a first-place tie in the SCL with St. Mary's at 8-2, but the Panthers hold the tiebreaker for the No. 1 seed by virtue of beating the Crusaders in two of three league meetings. Both teams have two SCL games remaining.

"The way Chiloquin is playing, I don't think anyone will beat them," said Jackson. "The odds are against us to win the league title. We have to just focus on getting second."

Chiloquin hit 5 of 6 3-pointers before the break and took a 28-25 lead into the locker room.

"We thought we defended well," said Jackson about his team's first-half performance. "They hit some really tough shots. We were playing the tempo we wanted. We were positive and feeling good."

Then the Panthers opened the second half with an 8-0 run and went on to outscore the Crusaders 16-2 in the period. Chiloquin built as much as a 20-point lead midway through the final quarter.

"They really attacked the basket in the third quarter," said Jackson. "We were back on our heels too much. They went to the rim off our zone.

"Offensively we couldn't buy a bucket," continued Jackson. "They were getting out in the open court because we were missing shots."

Junior post Lou Gambee paced St. Mary's with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

"Lou played solid," said Jackson. "They double- and triple-teamed him. We needed to find a few more people to help."

Senior point guard Si Boggess and junior wing Chris Bates each tallied eight points for the Crusaders (13-8 overall). But neither player scored in the second half.

"Chiloquin is very skilled and athletic," said Jackson. "They're the type of team that once they get a lead they play so much looser. We obviously let it get away from us in the third quarter."

CHILOQUIN (62) — Rich 18, L. Case 14, G. Miller 10, H. Miller 8, Horn 2, Jackson 5, T. Case 2, Say 2, Hoaglen 0, Copeland 1. Totals: 21 14-21 62.

ST. MARY'S (49) — Harper 0, O'Boyle 6, Reeder 2, Gervais 3, Boggess 8, Grant 0, Gambee 13, Watson 6, Bates 8, Gross 0, Tomlinson 0, Mosely 3. Totals: 15 12-18 49.

Chiloquin 15 13 16 18 — 62

St. Mary's 13 12 2 22 — 49

3-point goals — Chiloquin 6 (Rich 1, L. Case 2, G. Miller 1, H. Miller 2), St. Mary's 7 (O'Boyle 2, Gervais 1, Watson 2, Bates 2). Fouled out — Gambee.

JV result — St. Mary's won.

Mountain Valley League

TRIAD 52, BUTTE FALLS 42 — At Klamath Falls, Josh Sutfin scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds for Butte Falls (17-7, 11-3 MVL), which fell from a first-place tie in the Mountain Valley League standings with the loss.

Nathan Nilsson had 17 points for Triad, which moved into a second-place tie with the Loggers. North Lake leads the league at 12-2 in MVL play.

BUTTE FALLS (42) — Sutfin 12, McGonagle 9, Casillas 8, Gower 5, Dunham 4, Weaver 4, Adams 0, Kinyon 0, Eller 0. Totals: 14 13-26 42.

TRIAD (52) — Nilsson 17, Peterson 4, Hirschbock 6, Ovgard 7, Moore 8, Frentzko 6, Trumbell 4, Towless 0. Totals: 20 11-20 52.

Butte Falls 10 10 10 12 — 42

Triad 16 10 15 11 — 52

3-point goals — Butte Falls 1 (Gower 1), Triad 1 (Frentzko 1).

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 60, PROSPECT 39 — Ryan Coggins led Rogue Valley Adventist (11-9, 8-6 MVL) with 17 point and 11 rebounds.

Robert Denton also grabbed 11 rebounds and scored eight points for the Red Tail Hawks.

Shane Kelley led Prospect with 18 points and David DeMello added 10.

PROSPECT (39) — Kelley 18, DeMello 10, Walton 4, Roe 2, Cone 0, Linson 3, Bailey 2, Ryan 0. Totals: 12 12-23 39.

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST (60) — Coggins 17, Fjarli 9, DeLaVega 8, Denton 8, Peterson 4, Wold 6, J. Wood 4, Gilley 2, Scott 2, Z. Wood, Alvarez 0. Totals: 26 8-16 60.

Prospect 3 9 14 13 — 39

Rogue Valley Adventist 16 14 16 14 — 60

3-point goals — Prospect 3 (Kelley 2, DeMello 1). Fouled out — Peterson.

Nonconference

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 57, HIDDEN VALLEY 28 — Class 3A second-ranked Cascade Christian turned a one-point home halftime lead into a rout against the state's No. 3-ranked Class 4A team.

The Challengers (21-3) extended their defense after halftime and limited the Mustangs to one shot for the most part. Cascade Christian held Hidden Valley to just nine second-half points to complete a two-game sweep against the Mustangs. Cascade Christian defeated the Mustangs, 53-42, in the opening game of the season.

Cascade Christian went inside to forward Scott Morse and post Dustin Hutley in the second half. Morse registered 18 of his game-high 23 points and Hutley had nine of his 13 after intermission.

The Challengers outrebounded Hidden Valley, 31-19. Morse pulled down nine boards, including six offensive, while Hutley added eight rebounds.

Hidden Valley (17-3) lost for the second straight night after reeling off 17 straight victories.

HIDDEN VALLEY (28) — Woodrum 5, Gotfried 0, Bars 0, Armanino 2, Mahuna 6, Frey 4, Longo 4, Suthann 3, Krauss 2, Iwamizu 0, Maynard 2. Totals: 12 4-6 28.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (57) — Morse 23, Hutley 13, Siliga 2, Hess 7, Litton 2, Hoffman 0, Joffer 2, Thomas 0, Rasmussen 0, Pech 0, Cochran 8. Totals: 22 11-15 57.

Hidden Valley 13 6 4 5 — 28

Cascade Christian 13 7 18 19 — 57

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 2 (Morse 1, Hess 1).

JV result — Hidden Valley won.