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Cascade Christian boys hold off St. Mary’s

Cascade Christian squandered a double-digit, second-half lead but held off St. Mary’s 47-44 in a key Southern Cascade League boys basketball game Tuesday at the Challengers gym.

The loss drops St. Mary’s (15-7, 5-2 SCL) a half-game behind Rogue River (6-2 SCL). Cascade Christian (13-9, 4-2) could move closer to potentially setting up a three-way tie for first place with a victory over Illinois Valley tonight.

When St. Mary’s took its first lead of the game, 44-43, on Michael Crennen’s baseline jumper with only 16 seconds remaining, Cascade Christian coach Brian Morse declined to call a timeout.

Morse’s instincts proved correct as Jason Wyncoop was fouled driving to the basket and calmly sank both free throws to put the Challengers back in front with 13 seconds to go.

Connor Vinyard’s corner 3-pointer failed to go down with nine seconds left and the Challengers eventually made two free throws for the final margin of victory.

“I didn’t call a timeout because the ball was in (Wyncoop’s) hands and I thought good things could happen,” said Morse. “He had a quiet game offensively but came up with some big rebounds when we needed it.”

Wyncoop, a 6-foot-5 senior wing, finished with 12 points and eight rebounds and junior guard Chase Wager added 11 points. Carson Cochran contributed eight points and seven rebounds.

St. Mary’s trailed by 12 points in the third quarter but finished the period on a 12-1 run to cut the Challengers’ lead to three entering the final period.

Crennen had a game-high 17 points for St. Mary’s.

“It was a close back-and-forth defensive game,” said Morse. “We got some big defensive rebounds when we had to and at the end we kept our composure.”

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (47) — Kammerzell 3, Palmer 4, Wager 11, Morse 0, Booker 2, Wyncoop 12, Horton 1, Cochran 8, Winter 6. Totals:13 19-31 47.

ST. MARY’S (44) — Johnson 0, Edwards 2, Rothfus 4, Lewis 3, Conway 2, Eaton 4, West 4, Vinyard 8, Crennen 17. Totals: 14 16-23 44.

Cascade Christian;9;11;10;17;—;47

St. Mary’s;4;10;13;17;—;44

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 2 (Palmer 1, Wyncoop 1). Fouled out — West, Winter, Booker.

ROGUE RIVER 77, LAKEVIEW 61: At Rogue River, Chris Campbell led all scorers with 25 points and added seven rebounds and six assists for Rogue River in Southern Cascade League play.

Jordan Ehrhardt added 22 points, eight assists, four rebounds and four steals for the Chieftains (15-8, 6-2 SCL) .

LAKEVIEW (61) — Harlan 9, Graham 16, Frank 5, Forbes 2, Lampman 20, Hamilton 9, Thorstead 0, Dunn 0. Totals: 21 8-16 61.

ROGUE RIVER (77) — Caulley 4, Lopez 9, Campbell 25, Woodall 2, Ehrhardt 22, Strickland 10, Tambellini 0, Pratt 3, Cardenas 0, Hansen 2. Totals: 30 6-12 77.

Lakeview;17;17;7;20;—;61

Rogue River;23;9;19;26;—;77

3-point goals — Lakeview 11 (Graham 4, Frank 1, Lampman 6), Rogue River 11 (Caulley 1, Campbell 6, Ehrhardt 2, Strickland 2).

Fouled out — Frank. Technical fouls — Strickland.

JV result — Lakeview won.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 55, PROSPECT 53: At Prospect, Illinois Valley won a close game in interleague action.

ROSEBURG 52, GRANTS PASS 45: At Roseburg, Grants Pass dropped its third straight during Southwest Conference action.

The Cavemen stand at 8-11 overall, 4-6 in league.

CRATER 59, ASHLAND 41: At Ashland, Gunnar Asher had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Race Reiter recorded 18 points and five rebounds and Christian Reyes added 15 points for Crater during Midwestern League action.

Asher knocked down four of his five 3-point attempts in the first half, when the Comets (14-6, 6-3 MWL) opened a 33-18 lead.

Collin Malcolm scored 19 points for Ashland (9-9, 3-6).

CRATER (59) — Reyes 15, A. White 2, Asher 18, Reiter 18, Orozco 6, Martin 0, Mallams 0, Kloke 0, Hadley 0. Totals: 23 5-7 59.

ASHLAND (41) — Graham 2, Meads 2, Shibley 6, Malcolm 19, Feinberg 4, Pippa 8, Hasskamp 0, Jones 0, Kennedy 0, Edson 0, Hansen 0, Ellis 0, Fuller 0. Totals: 18 0-2 41.

Crater;21;12;16;10;—;59

Ashland;5;13;10;13;—;41

3-point goals — Crater 8 (Reyes 3, Asher 4, Orozco 1), Ashland 3 (Shibley 2, Malcolm 1).

JV result — Ashland won.

MAZAMA 68, PHOENIX 24: At Phoenix, Caleb Crowell scored 21 points, Taylor Bennett knocked down four first-quarter 3-pointers and finished with 17 points and Mazama held Phoenix to 23 percent shooting in the Skyline Conference rout.

The Pirates (5-17, 1-8 Sky) shot 11-for-48 from the field and trailed 33-13 at halftime.

Erik Mejia paced Phoenix with six points, five rebounds and three steals.

MAZAMA (68) — Lancaster 2, Anderson 14, Bennett 17, Littlejohn 2, Harris 4, Segura 2, Crowell 21, Sokol 6, Meyers 0, Munoz 0, Millard 0, Chong 0, Beeson 0. Totals: 28 7-9 68.

PHOENIX (24) — Masalosalo 5, Beer 5, Skaff 4, Mejia 6, Botermans 4, Mahaffey 0, Sabino 0, Knowles 0, Turnbull 0, Bazan 0, Dungy 0. Totals: 11 1-5 24.

Mazama;20;13;18;17;—;68

Phoenix;6;7;7;4;—;24

3-point goals — Mazama 5 (Bennett 5), Phoenix 1 (Beer 1).

JV result — Phoenix won.