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Crater steamrolls North Valley in final

MURPHY — The Crater boys turned in a complete performance in defeating North Valley 82-43 in the championship of the Evergreen Federal Bank Tournament at Hidden Valley High Saturday.

Nathan Bittle and Kiefer Edwards combined for 41 points as the Comets finished the nonconference part of their schedule undefeated.

Crater (10-0) will host Springfield in its Midwestern League opener on Friday.

“We did a nice job of pressuring the basketball,” said Crater coach Chris Schmerbach. “Our defense led to offense. We were able to push the ball and get good looks.”

Bittle, a 6-foot-7 freshman, scored 21 points, including his first two dunks of the season, and grabbed 14 rebounds.

“Nathan has been on a steady incline,” said Schmerbach. “He keeps improving and he was as confident and free as I’ve seen him.”

The Comets jumped out to a 25-10 first-quarter lead and never let up.

Senior wing Edwards added 20 points and 12 rebounds.

“(Edwards) has been extremely consistent,” said Schmerbach. “His defensive play is at another level this year.”

The Comets received good production in the back court from the brother tandem of Mason and Jayden Vranes. Mason, a senior, scored 15 points and had seven assists. Jayden, a sophomore point guard, chipped in nine points, seven assists and seven steals.

“The thing that is doing it for us is we have better depth this year,” said Schmerbach. “We have more guys that are consistent, varsity players. It makes you more versatile as a team.”

CRATER (82): J. Vranes 9, Horton 2, M. Vranes 15, Archer 0, Hollingsworth 4, Ki. Edwards 20, Kr. Edwards 2, Johnson 2, Weaver 2, Stollings 5, Bittle 21. Totals: 34 6-10 82.

NORTH VALLEY (43): T. Lauby 2, C. Lauby 17, Pock 0, Cram 0, McLittle 5, Johnson 2, Taylor 2, Smith 2, Avila 2, Killan 2. Wytcherley 9. Totals: 17 6-15 43.

Crater;25;17;18;22;—;82

North Valley;10;14;12;7;—;43

3-point goals — Crater 8 (M. Vranes 4, Ki. Edwards 1, Bittle 3), North Valley 3 (C. Lauby 2, McLittle 1). Technical foul — Weaver.

GRANTS PASS 78, MADRAS 67: At Bend, Tyler Rund poured in 34 points to spark Grants Pass to the victory at the Les Schwab Holiday Oregon Hoopfest at Mountain View High.

Grants Pass (6-5) trailed by one point at halftime but surged into the lead by outscoring Madras (3-8) 27-17 in the third quarter.

GRANTS PASS (78): Lopez 8, Rund 34, Anderson 8, Clark 10, Phillips 10, Rich 6, Rucker 0, Lackey 2. Totals: 33 11-21 78.

MADRAS (67): Reese 7, Miller 6, Grote 0, Herkshan 4, Smith 23, Fine 7, Patt 13, Bagley 7, Badoni 0. Totals: 26 7-10 67.

Grants Pass;14;17;27;20;—;78

Madras;15;17;17;18;—;67

3-point goals — Grants Pass 1 (Phillips 1), Madras 8 (Reese 1, Miller 1, Smith 2, Patt 3, Bagley 1).

CRESCENT VALLEY 71, ASHLAND 61: At Corvallis, Ashland couldn’t hold off host Crescent Valley in the second half of the Crescent Valley Invitational.

The Grizzlies (4-6) led 29-26 at intermission.

Tariq Harris helped rally Crescent Valley (4-5) by scoring 26 of his game-high 33 points in the second half.

Senior guard Adam Jones scored 16 points to lead four Grizzly players in double figures.

ASHLAND (61): Pippa 11, Swanson 10, Wallner-Sentle 6, Ekwall 10, A. Jones 16, Shibly 0, Desmond 3, Saulsbury 3, C. Jones 0. Totals: 20 12-16 61.

CRESCENT VALLEY (71): Sandvig 2, Prasad 10, Killen 8, Olson 0, Boock 13, Harris 33, Graff 0, King 0, Sanders 5. Totals: 24 19-26 71.

Ashland;19;10;14;18;—;61

Crescent Valley;16;10;26;19;—;71

3-point goals — Ashland 9 (Pippa 2, Wallner-Sentle 1, Ekwall 1, A. Jones 3, Desmond 1, Saulsbury 1), Crescent Valley 4 (Boock 2, Harris 2). Fouled out — A. Jones.

PHOENIX 62, SOUTH UMPQUA 36: At Merlin, sophomore guard Mateo Lopez, making his first varsity start, led three Phoenix players in double figures with 14 points, including a trio of treys, in a victory over South Umpqua in the Evergreen Federal Bank Tournament at North Valley High.

Along with Lopez, senior forwards Javan Gail (12 points) and Kevin Botermans (11 points) helped the Pirates (3-8) pull away.

Junior guard Reilly Thatcher scored 10 for the Lancers (3-7), who dropped their third straight.

SOUTH UMPQUA (36): Lee 3, Warner 9, Thatcher 10, McFadden 3, Wylie 8, Wilson 3. Totals: 13 4-9 36.

PHOENIX (62): Martinez 2, Watts 4, Hutsell 3, Goff 3, Lozano-Reyes 7, Lopez 14, Stella 2, Peterson 4, Gail 12, Botermans 11. Totals: 25 6-13 62.

South Umpqua;10;8;12;6;—;36

Phoenix;16;11;23;12;—;62

3-point goals — South Umpqua 3 (Lee 1, Thatcher 2), Phoenix 6 (Lopez 3, Watts 1, Hutsell 1, Lozano-Reyes 1).

OREGON EPISCOPAL 56, ST. MARY’S 36: At Portland, St. Mary’s received good production from posts Trevahn Foster and Nathan Sternenberg but not making any 3-pointers proved costly in the nonconference loss.

The freshman Sternenberg responded to his first varsity start with a team-high 14 points to go with four rebounds. Foster, a sophomore, produced eight points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.

The Crusaders (5-7) were 0-for-8 from 3-point range, while OES made nine treys.

ST. MARY’S (36): Miles 2 Mayer 2, Sternenberg 14, Grant 0, Rajagopal 2, Silsbee 2, Snyder 0, Bowling 2, Hadley 0, Reynolds 4, Foster 8. Totals: 16 4-4 36.

OREGON EPISCOPAL (56): Munshi 0, Rahimian 6, Pejoric 0, Lewis 5, Holzman 16, Wilmutt 19, Bullard 5, Balandi 2, Kashey 3. Totals: 21 5-7 56.

St. Mary’s;8;8;10;10;—;36

Oregon Episcopal;17;13;16;10;—;56

3-point goals — Oregon Episcopal 9 (Lewis 1, Holzman 3, Wilmutt 5).

DE LA SALLE NORTH 53, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 40: At Salem, Cascade Christian did a good job defensively against its high-scoring opponent but couldn’t recover from a first half that produced just 11 points in the championship game of the SAC Holiday Classic at Salem Academy High.

The Challengers (6-5) were led by seniors Tyler Cochran and Joel McLemore, who each had 13 points.

The Knights (10-1), who have scored more than 70 points in seven of their 11 games, were held to their second-lowest point total of the season..

DE LA SALLE NORTH (53): Sabb 0, Addy 12, Scott 0, Aklan 11, Nelson 3, Reiley 7, O’Brien 0, Mosley 10, Sadi 8, Johnson 2. Totals: 21 6-10 53.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (40): Reese 0, Crowl 0, Dunn 4, Schaan 6, Cochran 13, West 0, McLemore 13, Dexter 0, Flores-Alatorre 4. Totals: 15 6-10 40.

De La Salle North;11;16;12;14;—;53

Cascade Christian;4;7;17;12;—;40

3-point goals De La Salle North 5 (Addy 1, Aklan 1, Nelson 1, Sadi 2), Cascade Christian 4 (Cochran 2, McLemore 2).