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Comets open season with tourney victory

CENTRAL POINT — After shaking the offseason rust in the first quarter, the Crater boys basketball team’s chemistry began to take form as the Comets rapidly pulled away in its first action of the season Thursday.

The Comets debuted in their own Crater Basketball Invitational and delivered a 73-37 victory over Yreka.

Crater took its first lead, which it would not relinquish, with the final basket of the opening quarter, 12-10.

“We came out flat at the beginning,” said coach Terry Rasmussen. “We were just getting used to playing on the court with someone else other than ourselves.”

Crater’s Christian Reyes poured in 22 points and 6-foot-7 post Race Reiter showed off his versatility and finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists, four blocks and two steals.

Dean Orozco added 13 points for the Comets, who face Sutherlin in the second round today at 5:45 p.m.

YREKA (37) — Currie 7, Whitehouse 5, Patterson 8, Esparza 2, Ewing 11, Bigelow 2, Wilson 2, Novello 0, Hopper 0, Weed 0. Totals: 11 11-18 36.

CRATER (73) — Reyes 22, Martin 2, White 7, Mallams 6, Powell 2, Asher 2, Reiter 10, Pomeroy 9, Orozco 13. Totals: 30 7-10 73.

Yreka;10;10;8;9;—;37

Crater;12;21;20;20;—;73

3-point goals — Yreka 4 (Ewing 2, Patterson 2), Crater 6 (Mallams 2, Reyes 2, Orozco 1, White 1). Fouled out — Whitehouse. Techinical foul — Yreka bench.

ASHLAND 56, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 38: At Central Point, Walker Shibley-Styer scored 20 points and Collin Malcolm added 12, including a monster dunk in the Grizzlies’ 26-point fourth quarter in the first round of the Crater Basketball Invitational at Crater High.

The Challengers were within striking distance before Ashland’s full-court press, spearheaded by Jeremiah Hasskamp and Stenley Graham, broke the game open and gave the Grizzlies (3-1) their most lopsided win of the season.

Christian Kammerzell scored 11 and Jason Wyncoop 10 to pace the Challengers (1-1).

Ashland will face Ridgeview today at 4 p.m. at Crater High School. Cascade Christian plays Mazama at 5:45 p.m. at Scenic Middle School.

ASHLAND (56) — Shibley-Styer 20, Malcolm 12, Hasskamp 5, Pippa 5, Feinberg 4, Ellis 4, Kennedy 3, Graham 3, Jones, Edson 0, Scott 0. Totals: 20 9-11 56.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (38) — Kammerzell 11, Wyncoop 10, Cochran 6, Olson 4, Winter 3, Wager 2, Morris 2. Totals: 13 11-25 38.

Ashland;15;8;6;26—56

Cascade Christian;8;5;12;13—38

3-point goals — Ashland 7 (Shibley-Styer 4, Hasskamp 1, Graham 1, Kennedy 1), Cascade Christian 1 (Kammerzell 1). Fouled out — Ellis. Technical foul — Ashland coach Gregg.

PHOENIX 39, TAFT 37: At Phoenix, junior Cole George scored with four-10ths of a second left to give the Phoenix the win in the first round of the Pirates’ tournament.

George paced Phoenix (2-1) with 14 points.

Cy Mahaffey added five points, nine rebounds and four assists for the Pirates.

PHOENIX (39) — George 14, Champion-Blazio 7, Hauge 7, Mahaffey 5, Sauceda 2, Hay 2, Botermans 2, Masalosalo 0, Beer 0, Mejia 0. Totals: 16 6-14 39.

Taft (37) — Chase 13, Gil 9, Danials 4, Stecher 3, Parker 2, Lahti 2, R. Fisher 2, Fisher 2, Schmick 0. Totals: 16 1-1 37.

Phoenix;16;4;3;16;—;39

Taft;16;5;5;12;—;37

3-point goals — Phoenix 1 (Mahaffey 1). Taft 4 (Chase 3, Stecher 1).

ST. MARY’S 53, DEL NORTE 43: At Phoenix, Michael Crennen led St. Mary’s with 15 points and 13 rebounds in the Phoenix Tournament win over the California team.

Tyler West contributed 11 points for St. Mary’s (4-1), while teammate Connor Vinyard hit two big 3-point shots to start a 21-7 second half run that sealed the victory for the Crusaders.

DEL NORTE (43) — Maready 18, Jatt 6, Gruden 5, Healy 4, Dentzman 3, Godley 2, Swaz 2, Leal 2, Cleland 1. Totals: 15 8-8 43

ST. MARY’S (53) — Crennen 15, West 11, Vinyard 9, Johnson 6, Eaton 5, Conway 3, Lewis 2, Edwards 2, Sue 0, Rothfus 0. Totals: 16 13-25 53.

Del Norte;16;9;7;11;—43

St. Mary’s;16;9;7;11;—53

3-point goals — Del Norte 5 (Maready 4, Dentzman 1). St. Mary’s 7 (Johnson 2, Vinyard 2, West 2, Crennen 1). Fouled out — Maready.

MILO 72, PROSPECT 56: At Prospect, Darren Stillwagon led Prospect with 26 points and 14 rebounds.

Garred Gaines contributed 20 points and nine rebounds for Prospect (2-3).