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Grizzlies fall to South Albany

ALBANY — Ashland started the game cold and couldn't recover as South Albany pulled away for a 52-40 victory in a Class 5A boys basketball state play-in game Tuesday.

The loss squelched the Grizzlies' hopes of advancing to the 16-team state playoffs. Instead, they ended up 8-17 after finishing sixth in the Midwestern League.

The Rebels (18-5), who placed third in the Mid-Willamette Conference, will host Putnam on Friday for a chance to advance to the final eight-team state tournament.

Senior center McKane Ellis scored nine points and senior guard Malik Pippa hit two 3-pointers and scored eight for the Grizzlies, who were held to six points and two field goals in the opening quarter.

Jake Costello scored 11 points and Jaden Guilford 10 for the Rebels, who led 28-18 at the half and 35-25 heading into the fourth.

ASHLAND (40): Swanson 6, Atteberry 7, Hansen 2, A. Jones 6, Ellis 9, MacMillen 2, Pippa 8, Benson 0, Wallner-Sentle 0, Fuller 0, C. Jones 0. Totals: 15 5-9 40.

SOUTH ALBANY (52): Anderson 7, Costello 11, Mlsna 6, Guilford 10, Cullison 4, Mayer 3, Miller 7, Hemzacek 4, Rodriguez 0, Nafziger 0, Southwick 0, Rochelle 0. Totals: 18 10-18 52.

Ashland;6;12;7;15;—;40

South Albany;9;19;7;17;—;52

3-point goals — Ashland 5 (A. Jones 2, Pippa 2, Atteberry 1), South Albany 6 (Guilford 3, Mlsna 2, Mayer 1).

CENTRAL 65, EAGLE POINT 50: At Independence, Zachariah Scott scored 16 points and Mario Quintero had 13 points and five rebounds for Eagle Point in the Class 5A state play-in contest.

Bennett Rodgers added 11 points and Jax Bell five points and eight rebounds for the Eagles (10-12), who trailed 24-12 after the first quarter before cutting the deficit to 32-29 at halftime. Central (13-11) went on an 11-6 run in the third.

EAGLE POINT (50): Nielsen 0, Rodgers 11, Perkins 0, Shopp 0, Hill 0, McHugh 1, L. Scott 2, Z. Scott 16, Gray 0, Quintero 13, Morgan 2, Bell 5. Totals: 17 10-18 50.

CENTRAL (65): Mendazona 22, J. Cable 0, Lesmeister 0, Mason 14, Barba 22, Cedillo 0, Carter 2, W. Cable 0, Abraham 2, Kantola 0, Barry 3. Totals: 21 17-25 65.

Eagle Point;12;17;6;15;—;50

Central;24;8;11;22;—;65

3-point goals — Eagle Point 6 (Rodgers 1, Z. Scott 3, Quintero 2), Central 6 (Mendazona 2, Barba 4). Fouled out — Mendazona.