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St. Mary’s boys score rare win over Cascade

You’d have to flip your calendars back nine years to find the day the St. Mary’s boys basketball team last got the best of Cascade Christian.

With Connor Vinyard’s game-sealing 3-pointer, the Crusaders put an end to their drought as Vinyard and Michael Crennen combined for 55 points to guide St. Mary’s to a 63-58 triumph on Friday at St. Mary’s High School.

“It was a big deal for the kids,” said St. Mary’s coach Eric Guyer. “Anytime you can beat Cascade Christian it’s a big deal because Brian Morse is a tough coach and Cascade Christian is a heck of a program. Our assistant coach Greg Conway has done a great job with these kids and it’s a testament to how hard these kids have worked.”

The Crusaders (12-6, 2-1 Southern Cascade League) endured a rollercoaster ride that saw the Challengers’ first-half lead swell to 10 before it swayed to 10 in favor of St. Mary’s with four minutes left in the game.

The Challengers, however, made a late run and tied it at 58-all on Parker Horton’s 3-pointer. After the Crusaders got back on top 60-58, Vinyard wrapped things up with his trey from the corner.

St. Mary’s last upended the Challengers 51-40 on Jan. 10, 2006.

Crennen scored 11 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter. He also corralled 13 rebounds.

“When we needed big buckets, we really relied on him,” said Guyer of Crennen. “We really focused on getting the ball inside and we were really fortunate he had it going. He was up to the challenge.”

Vinyard went for 27 points and drilled five 3-pointers, none bigger than his game-clincher.

The Challengers (9-8, 1-2 SCL) were paced by Christian Kammerzell’s 16 points while Jason Wyncoop added 14 and Horton 13.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (58) — Kammerzell 16, Wager 2, Morse 4, Booker 2, Wyncoop 14, Horton 13, Cochran 4, Winter 2. Totals: 19 17-28 58.

ST. MARY’S (63) — Johnson 0, Edwards 0, Rothfus 1, Lewis 0, Conway 0, Eaton 0, Sue 0, West 7, Vinyard 27, Crennen 28. Totals: 23 10-17 63.

Cascade Christian;17;14;9;18;—;58

St. Mary’s;12;13;13;25;—;63

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 3 (Horton 2, Wyncoop 1), St. Mary’s 7 (Vinyard 5, West 1, Crennen 1). Fouled out — Winter.

JV result — Cascade Christian won.

ROGUE RIVER 56, LAKEVIEW 39: At Lakeview, junior guard Chris Campbell had a good all-around game to help Rogue River pull away after being tied 21-all at halftime.

Campbell had 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals.

The Chieftains (12-6, 4-0 SCL) received important contributions off the bench from sophomores Derek Pratt and Aaron Hansen. Pratt scored 10 points to go with seven rebounds.

Lakeview (6-11, 1-2) was paced by Landen Lampman with 15 points.

ROGUE RIVER (56) — Caulley 2, Lopez 8, Campbell 18, Ehrhardt 7, Strickland 7, Tambellini 0, Pratt 10, Cardenas 0, Hansen 4. Totals: 25 5-15 56.

LAKEVIEW (39) — Harlan 12, Graham 2, Diedrich 3, Frank 3, Forbes 0, Lampman 15, Hamilton 4, Thorsted 0, Crumrine 0. Totals: 14 5-12 39.

Rogue River;11;10;20;15;—;56

Lakeview;10;11;8;10;—;39

3-point goals — Rogue River 1 (Strickland 1), Lakeview 6 (Harlan 2, Diedrich 1, Lampman 3). Fouled out — Graham.

CRATER 58, SPRINGFIELD 57, OT: At Springfield, Race Reiter poured in a career-high 31 points and converted a key three-point play in overtime that helped Crater squeak past Springfield in Midwestern League play.

Reiter received an inbound pass, dribbled the length of the court and was grabbed as he made a lay-up that increased Crater’s lead to 58-54 with 18 seconds remaining in overtime. After the Millers cut Crater’s lead to 58-57 with a 3-pointer and got the ball back off a missed free throw, the Comets’ Dean Orozco and Tanner Mallams combined to steal Springfield’s final possession at midcourt.

Reiter also had five rebounds and two blocks for the Comets (12-5, 4-2 MWL) who received nine points and nine assists from Christian Reyes, as well as eight points, seven boards and three steals from Gunnar Asher.

The Millers (9-6, 4-1) picked up 23 points from Talon Harrington.

CRATER (58) — Reyes 9, Mallams 3, Asher 8, Kloke 4, Reiter 31, Orozco 3, Martin 0, White 0. Totals: 25 4-7 58.

SPRINGFIELD (57) — Cook 16, Thomas 9, Bourassa 6, Gonzalez 3, Harrington 23, Sorber 0, Black 0. Totals: 23 7-8 57.

Crater;13;9;17;11;8;—;58

Springfield;18;6;14;12;7;—;57

3-point goals — Crater 4 (Reyes 1, Mallams 1, Reiter 1, Orozco 1), Springfield 4 (Cook 2, Thomas 1, Gonzalez 1).

JV result — Springfield won.

ASHLAND 47, NORTH EUGENE 26: At Eugene, Ashland’s Collin Malcolm had 19 points and Graycen Kennedy drained a pair of key 3-pointers that boosted the Grizzlies’ lead to start the second half during Midwestern League action.

Ashland improved to 8-6 overall, 2-3 in league.

ASHLAND (47) — Malcolm 19, Ellis 8, Kennedy 6, Pippa 4, Hasskamp 2, Jones 2, Shibley 2, Edson 2, Hansen 2, Fuller 0. Totals: 17 6-9 47.

NORTH EUGENE (26) — Hill 12, Pruett 5, Lannom 3, Snyder 3, Proudfit 3, Ahlstrom 0, Morris 0. Totals: 7 7-9 26.

Ashland;15;7;11;14;—;47

North Eugene;8;8;7;3;—;26

3-point goals — Ashland 5 (Malcolm 2, Kennedy 2, Pippa 1), North Eugene 5 (Lannom 1, Pruett 1, Hill 2, Proudfit 1).

CHURCHILL 71, EAGLE POINT 50: At Eugene, Ethan DeVore recorded 17 points for Eagle Point in the Midwestern League loss.

David Barber had 10 points for the Eagles (6-8, 1-4 MWL).

EAGLE POINT (50) — Shopp 0, Hunter 9, Moreau 0, Quintero 0, Bennett 1, Barber 10, Sheldon 8, Castro 0, Reyes-Serna 5, Edwards 0, DeVore 17, Bell 0. Totals: 15 15-19 50.

CHURCHILL (71) — Hubbe 3, Brant 0, Perez 5, Forrest 4, Nelson 13, Tager 6, Dunaway 1, Stubbs 14, Linder 0, Bixby 0, Becker 10, Geiger 9, Bean 6. Totals: 23 18-28 71.

Eagle Point;10;11;15;14;—;50

Churchill;14;17;22;18;—;71

3-point goals — Eagle Point 5 (Hunter 1, Sheldon 2, DeVore 2), Churchill 7 (Forrest 1, Nelson 2, Tager 2, Stubbs 1, Geiger 1). Fouled out — Bell.

HOSANNA CHRISTIAN 71, BUTTE FALLS 32: At Klamath Falls, Alex Cool-Hunsaker had 12 points to lead Butte Falls (1-16, 1-7 MVL), which got eight points apiece from Wil Bateman and Jimmy Kinyon in the Mountain Valley League loss.