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Phoenix falls to No. 2 Mazama

PHOENIX — For all the amazing things the Phoenix boys basketball team is capable of, one fundamental aspect of the sport keeps undermining its efforts in big games.

Facing second-ranked Mazama in the Skyline Conference opener Friday, the No. 5-ranked Pirates built an early lead and held it until missed free throws again proved to be their undoing in a 55-54 loss at Phoenix High.

Alex Young poured in 20 points to go with 11 rebounds and six assists, but the standout junior was only 3-for-9 from the foul line, and senior teammate Alex Hobson missed on the front end of a one-and-one opportunity with 23 seconds to go to open the door for the Vikings.

"Three of our four losses have been because we didn't shoot well from the free-throw line," said Phoenix head coach Glenn Johannes, whose team dropped to 6-4 overall and 0-1 in Skyline play. "We have a very, very, very good team, it's just that one little thing that's killing us, and our kids just need to get over it."

After getting the ball back in the final seconds, Mazama's Daniel Mathis worked his way toward a layup with 12 seconds to play to give his team a 55-54 advantage. The Pirates quickly got the ball to the other end of the floor and in Young's hands, but his driving attempt fell short and Mazama secured the rebound and the key road victory.

Darius Jackson had 17 points, Kevin Wynne added 12 and Mathis had 13 to lead the Vikings (11-1, 1-0 Skyline).

Tyler Dungannon scored 18 points, pulled down a career-high seven rebounds and had the tough challenge of trying to slow Jackson on defense for the Pirates. Hobson finished with seven points.

Phoenix opened a 19-6 lead after one quarter, then the game turned into a series of runs by each team until the Vikings got the last word with an 18-13 advantage in the fourth quarter.

MAZAMA (55) — Jackson 17, Wynne 12, Mathis 13, Evans 7, G. Hall 6, W. Hall 0, Z. Hall 0. Totals: 22-49 6-15 55.

PHOENIX (54) — Young 20, Dungannon 18, Hobson 7, Loper 5, Bohn 4, Campoy 0, T. Keith 0, Brown 0. Totals: 23 3-10 54.

Mazama 6 16 15 18 — 55

Phoenix 19 8 14 13 — 54

3-point goals — Mazama 5 (Mathis 1, Evan 2, Wynne 2), Phoenix 5 (Loper 1, Young 1, Hobson 1, Dungannon 2).

JV score — Phoenix 55, Mazama 40.

NORTH VALLEY 59, HIDDEN VALLEY 42 — At Merlin, Spencer Pughe turned in 16 points and Jake Herklotz went for 11 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and four steals as North Valley used a big third quarter to claim the Skyline Conference opener.

Kevin Brazille scored 14 points and Dane Anderson registered five points, five rebounds and four assists for the Knights (9-5, 1-0 Skyline), who outscored the Mustangs 14-5 in the third.

Braden Monnet had 17 points for Hidden Valley (5-7, 0-1).

HIDDEN VALLEY (42) — Monnet 17, Craig 6, Suthann 5, Garrison 4, Broadhead 4, Morse 3, Krauss 2, Holmes 1, Shorb 0. Totals: 17 4-6 42.

NORTH VALLEY (59) — Pughe 16, Brazille 14, Herklotz 11, Dean 8, Anderson 5, Rusk 5, Vandehey 0. Totals: 22 12-19 59.

Hidden Valley 12 13 5 12 — 42

North Valley 10 16 14 19 — 59

3-point goals — Hidden Valley 4 (Monnet 2, Morse 1, Suthann 1), North Valley 1 (Brazille 1).

JV result — North Valley won.

KLAMATH UNION 52, HENLEY 41 — Braxton Miles scored 15 points as Klamath Union triumphed in the Skyline home game.

HENLEY (41) — Cullen 0, Sherrill 6, Pena 20, Johnson 2, Peterson 7, Gordon 0, Alves 2, Mueller 4, Thomas 0. Totals: 17-45 5-12 41.

KLAMATH UNION (52) — Goebel 10, Miles 15, Crawford 4, Bocchi 0, Stork 8, Calarruda 8, Kuhlman 7, Weiser 0. Totals: 16-50 14-20 52.

Henley 9 19 6 7 — 41

Klamath Union 12 10 18 12 — 52

3-point goals — Henley 2-9 (Pena 2), Klamath Union 6-19 (Miles 4, Crawford 1, Kuhlman 1).

ST. MARY'S 48, LOST RIVER 38 — Ryan Ross dropped in 13 points as host St. Mary's secured the nonconference victory.

Ross nailed all three Crusader 3-pointers and Andre Juncal hauled in 11 rebounds to go with his eight points.

Trenton Eccleston added nine points, six rebounds and three assists for the Crusaders (7-4) with Glenn Alvarez dishing out seven assists.

The Raiders' Chance McAuliffe tallied 12 points.

LOST RIVER (38) — McAuliffe 12, Ireland 6, Stradley 2, Hickey 3, Gratham 0, Ditmore 3, Burch 6, Swingle 5, Perez 0, Lowrie 1. Totals: 13 9-17 39

ST. MARY'S (48) — Alvarez 3, Gambee 0, Conway 3, Ross 13, Buckmister 0, Eccleston 9, Juncal 8, Parsons 6, Britton 6. Totals: 15 13-25 48.

Lost River 7 5 8 18 — 38

St. Mary's 11 9 13 15 — 48

3-point goals — Lost River 3 (McAuliffe 2, Ditmore 1), St. Mary's 3 (Ross 3). Fouled out — Swingle, Parsons.

JV result — St. Mary's won.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 93, CHILOQUIN 60 — At Chiloquin, Cascade Christian mounted its highest scoring output of the season in its Southern Cascade Hybrid debut.

Davis Siliga poured in 21 points while Eric Morse went for 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Challengers (5-5, 1-0 SCH), who are averaging 81.2 points over their last four games.

The Challengers also received 12 points apiece from Mason Smith and Addison Smith. Mason Smith also had seven steals.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (93) — Siliga 21, Morse 18, Sosey 5, M. Smith 12, A. Smith 12, Miller 4, Sellers 6, Mecham 7, Brown 4, Thompson 4. Totals: 39 13-24 93.

CHILOQUIN (60) — T. Case 12, C. Case 0, Houglen 15, Clark 8, Sanchez 0, Witcraft 12, Rubidoux 3, Knight 0, Mohamed 0, Mostler 3. Totals: 23 10-17 60.

Cascade Christian 20 30 17 26 — 93

Chiloquin 11 16 16 17 — 60

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 2 (Siliga 1, Morse 1), Chiloquin 4 (Houglen 3, Rubidoux 1). Fouled out — Sanchez.

JV result — Cascade Christian won.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 68, LAKEVIEW 66, 2OT — At Lakeview, Fred Hults drained a 3-pointer with one second left to push the game into overtime for Illinois Valley, and Jesse Bethke's second effort with 14 seconds to go in the second OT proved to be the game-winner.

Roger Hults had 21 points and nine rebounds and Fred Hults finished with 20 points for the Cougars (9-2, 1-0 SCH), who trailed by 10 points with about three minutes to go in regulation.

Andrew McLaughlin had seven rebounds and Tyler Robbins six assists for IV.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (68) — F. Hults 20, R. Hults 21, Bethke 14, Robbins 2, McLaughlin 6, Free 5, Paulson 0. Totals: 26 15-23 68.

LAKEVIEW (66) — Johnson 3, Davis 24, Barry 14, Roseberry 4, Frank 11, Cahill 10, Abbe 0, M. Smith 0. Totals: 27 11-24 66.

Illinois Valley 11 15 12 19 4 7 — 68

Lakeview 9 12 23 11 4 5 — 66

3-point goals — Illinois Valley 1 (F. Hults 1), Lakeview 1 (Barry 1). Fouled out — McLaughlin.

JV result — Lakeview won.

RV ADVENTIST 62, PAISLEY 46 — At Paisley, Isaac DeLaVega amassed 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists and freshman Caleb Allen added 12 rebounds and nine points to lead Rogue Valley Adventist (7-3) in the Mountain Valley League opener.

Jack O'Leary had 21 points for Paisley (6-1, 0-1 MVL).

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST (62) — Neufield 4, Alvarez 7, DeLaVega 18, Gilley 9, Allen 8, Pirelli 5, Z. Wood 4, J. Wood 7. Totals: 24-70 11-16 62.

PAISLEY (46) — Paske 0, O'Connor 2, Arrington 0, L. McKay 11, O'Leary 21, Pelroy 2, Bartmus 4, Salinov 2, G. McKay 4. Totals: 18-58 9-18 46.

Rogue Valley Adventist 14 11 18 19 — 62

Paisley 5 13 16 12 — 46

3-point goals — Rogue Valley Adventist 3-12 (Alvarez 1, DeLaVega 2), Paisley 1-11 (O'Leary 1).