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BOYS BASKETBALL: Watts lifts Phoenix to tourney win

PHOENIX — Braeden Watts put on quite the show for the home fans in the Phoenix boys basketball team’s season debut on Friday.

Watts erupted for 27 points and the Pirates got stronger at both ends of the floor as the game progressed in a 72-40 victory over Douglas in the Pirate Shootout at Phoenix High School.

The Pirates (1-0) will take on Skyline Conference foe Klamath Union — which defeated St. Mary’s 83-50 on Friday — at 5:30 p.m. today in the championship game of the two-day tournament.

“Watts was the catalyst for us tonight,” said Phoenix coach Troy McNichols. “When he started attacking the basket, that’s when the game changed.”

The senior guard got rolling late in the second quarter when he came up with a pair of steals to help him score a quick seven straight points for the Pirates. He made three consecutive layups, the last of which included a free throw to help Phoenix open a 31-18 advantage at halftime.

Watts also knocked down four of the Pirates’ 12 3-pointers on the night. With the big lead in the fourth quarter, he was pulled with four minutes remaining in the contest.

“There was just a great flow to the game,” said McNichols. “It was fun to watch.”

Senior forward Ethan Hutsell added 12 points with a couple of 3-pointers, while Ty Clayton, AJ Stanfield and Logan Jenkins all came off the bench to provide a boost defensively.

Clayton added nine points as did Nico Ortega, who knocked down three from beyond the arc.

DOUGLAS (40): Hoque 7, Edwards 5, Jones 3, Willard 12, Fowler 7, Schofield 6, Anderson 0, LaRocque 0. Totals: 15 6-11 40.

PHOENIX (72): Watts 27, Clayton 9, Goff 6, E. Hutsell 12, Stanfield 2, Jenkins 3, Ortega 9, Olsiewski 4, Zanni 0, D. Hutsell 0, Osario 0. Totals: 26 8-14 72.

Douglas1261210— 40

Phoenix17141427— 72

3-point goals — Douglas 4 (Hoque 1, Edwards 1, Willard 1, Jones 1), Phoenix 12 (Watts 4, Clayton 1, Goff 1, E. Hutsell 2, Jenkins 1, Ortega 3).

ALOHA 61, SOUTH MEDFORD 46: At Aloha, South Medford sophomore Junior Sleezer scored 11 points and senior Keegan Losinski added 10 but the short-handed Panthers couldn’t keep up in their season opener.

South Medford (0-1) was without returners Sherman Hunter, Sypher Townley and Carson Cota, who are three of the nine Panthers on varsity or junior varsity that didn’t make the road trip due to injury or illness.

Jude Pannell and Isaiah Dye each added eight points for South Medford, which trailed 23-17 at halftime and saw Aloha (1-0) gradually pull away behind its 10 3-pointers and 19 Panther turnovers.

SOUTH MEDFORD (46): Shepard 0, Sleezer 11, Gaut 3, Harmon 4, Pannell 8, Losinksi 10, Dye 8, Booth 2. Totals: 17 11-15 46.

ALOHA (61): Mitchell 6, Moungvang 14, Wilson 8, Tapia 4, Dennis 14, Turner 6, Jones 3, Gayhart 4, Mbugua Robinson 2. Totals: 21 9-19 61.

South Medford611920— 46

Aloha11121226— 61

3-point goals — South Medford 1 (Sleezer 1), Aloha 10 (Moungvang 4, Tapia 1, Dennis 2, Turner 2, Jones 1).

JV result — South Medford won.

GRANTS PASS 53, DEL NORTE 39: At Yreka, Calif., Cade Ealy scored seven of his team-high 14 points to help Grants Pass remain unbeaten at the Yreka Tournament.

Morgan Law added eight points and Chase Coyle had seven for the Cavemen (2-0).

GRANTS PASS (53): Alderson 6, Maravilla 2, Dixon 2, Farris 5, Huddleston 4, Coyle 7, C. Anderson 5, Ealy 14, T. Anderson 0, Law 8, Amaral 0. Totals: 23 2-6 53.

DEL NORTE (39): Ridgley 4, O’Reilly 3, C. Pincombe 6, Swan 0, Banuelos 9, J. Pincombe 15, Zepeda 2. Totals: 16 0-2 39.

Grants Pass7211510— 53

Del Norte671115— 39

3-point goals — Grants Pass 5 (Alderson 2, Farris 1, C. Anderson 1, Ealy 1), Del Norte 7 (O’Reilly 1, C. Pincombe 2, Banuelos 1, J. Pincombe 3); Fouled out — Farris.

WILLAMETTE 75, EAGLE POINT 39: At Eugene, host Willamette went on a 20-11 run in the third quarter to seal the victory in the Midwestern League matchup.

Willamette had the halftime lead 37-21 and then, capitalizing on turnovers, went on the clinching run. The Wolverines also had 10 3-pointers in the contest.

For Eagle Point (0-2), Logan Esquibel and Quinton Gelbrich paced the Eagles offense with 10 and nine points, respectively. Matthew Shaffer added eight points.

EAGLE POINT (39): Smith 3, Neyt 6, Shaffer 8, Stanton 1, Gelbrich 9, Esquibel 10, Uribe 2.

WILLAMETTE (75): Yanez 9, Woods 10, Akuma 23, Lin 1, Thompson 6, Bracy 2, Burke 4, Smith 20.

Eagle Point1011117— 39

Willamette16212018— 75

3-point goals — Eagle Point 3 (Smith 1, Knight 1, Gelbrich 1), Willamette 10 (Linen 3, Woods 3, Akuna 2, Smith 2).

KLAMATH UNION 83, ST. MARYS 50: At Phoenix, Will Kranenburg scored nine of his team-high 12 points in the fourth quarter as St. Mary’s fell short in its opening game of the Pirate Shootout against Klamath Union at Phoenix High.

The Class 4A Pelicans (1-0) jumped out to a 21-8, first-quarter lead and the 3A Crusaders never recovered. Klamath Union hit six 3-pointers in the game.

Tre Foster pitched in 10 points, Sean Snyder had nine points and James Forrester added eight for St. Mary’s.

KLAMATH UNION (83): Arvizu 7, Bundng 5, Cook 25, Wallace 5, Macias 3, Short 11, Taylor 21, Holmes 6.

ST. MARY’S (50): Kaeo-Wailehua 4, Forrester 8, Kranenburg 12, Hadley 2, Sternenberg 5, Snyder 9, Foster 10.

Klamath Union21242018— 83

St. Mary’s8131710— 50

3-point goals — St. Mary’s 2 (Forrester 1, Snyder 1), Klamath Union 6 (Arvizu 1, Bundng 1, Macias 1, Holmes 1, Taylor 2).

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