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Battle Ground pulls away from Crater

PORTLAND — Battle Ground High of Washington pulled away in the second half and defeated Crater, 65-50, in nonconference boys basketball Saturday at the Moda Center, home of the Portland Trail Blazers.

It was Crater’s season opener, while Battle Ground — paced by 6-foot-9 junior Kaden Perry, who has committed to play for Gonzaga — improved to 2-0

The Comets led by five points in the third quarter, but foul trouble for 6-11 junior Nate Bittle and 6-6 senior Kruger Edwards hampered Crater, said coach Chris Schmerbach.

“It changed the way they played,” he said. “We weren’t able to protect the rim.”

Bittle had 19 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and three assists.

Edwards scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Perry was strong inside, scoring 27 points.

“He established himself in the paint and had some really nice finishes,” said Schmerbach. “We just didn’t have any answers for him.”

The NBA 3-point line was used. Bittle was 3-for-9 from long range. The rest of the team was 1-for-7.

CENTRAL CATHOLIC 60, NORTH MEDFORD 51: At Portland, North Medford battled tough until a drought in the fourth quarter sealed its fate in the nonconference loss.

The Black Tornado, playing its season opener, took the lead in the final quarter on a three-point play by Victor Orozco-Bernal, then went 11 possessions without scoring.

Landon Ellis scored 20 points and added five rebounds and three assists for the Black Tornado, while Bryce Dyer pulled down 14 rebounds and scored four points.

Nick Karrick scored 13 in the loss.

NORTH MEDFORD (51): Neff 6, Sherbourne 0, Ellis 20, Stults 5, Karrick 13, Orozco-Bernal 3, Goodrich 0, Dominguez 0, Dyer 4. Totals: 18 9-13 51.

CENTRAL CATHOLIC (60): Seamster 21, Robertson 0, Hallinan 1, Gakwasi 6, Slater 12, Ainslie 3, Johnson 13, Aniefuna 1. Totals: 20 17-23 60.

North Medford11131215— 51

Central Catholic11101821— 60

3-point goals — North Medford 6 (Neff 2, Ellis 1, Stults 1, Karrick 1, Dyer 1), Central Catholic 3 (Seamster 1, Slater 2).

JV result — Central Catholic won.

CENTURY 66, SOUTH MEDFORD 61, OT: At Hillsboro, South Medford saw its six-point lead with 40 seconds to play evaporate and Century used that momentum to outscore the Panthers 15-10 in overtime to steal the nonconference victory.

South Medford juniors Jude Pannell (16 points) and Jeremy Gaut (15 points) paved the way in a strong showing, while senior post Isaiah Dye had 10 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots.

The Panthers (0-2) missed the front end of three one-and-one situations from the foul line, including one with the game tied and four-tenths of a second remaining in regulation that proved to be Gaut’s only missed free throw.

Junior Sleezer posted nine points, Ben Harmon had seven points and Keegan Losinski doled out five assists against Century (2-0), which had Jospin Mugisha net 25 points.

SOUTH MEDFORD (61): Shepard 0, Sleezer 9, Gaut 15, Harmon 7, Pannell 16, Losinski 2, Dye 10, Booth 2. Totals: 23 11-19 61.

CENTURY (66): Bingham 0, Chan 5, Mugisha 25, Hanes 10, Colburn 0, Sparks 10, Tugano 3, Parish 3, Essien 10. Totals: 22 17-26 66.

South Medford141210 15 10— 61

Century17119 14 15— 66

3-point goals — South Medford 4 (Gaut 2, Sleezer 1, Harmon 1), Century 5 (Mugisha 2, Chan 1, Tugano 1, Essien 1). Fouled out — Booth, Harmon.

JV result — Century won.

GRANTS PASS 55, HENLEY 46: At Yreka, Calif., Grants Pass filled the nets for 37 points in the second half against 4A Henley to post a perfect 3-0 record at the Yreka Tournament.

Junior guard Morgan Law hit four 3-pointers on his way to 18 points for the Cavemen (3-0). Grants Pass was 5 of 8 on 3-pointers in the second half to separate from Henley.

Cade Anderson scored 14 for Grants Pass.

Henley got 10 points from Braden Lawrie.

GRANTS PASS (55): Maravilla 2, Farris 7, Coyle 2, C. Anderson 14, Ealy 6, T. Anderson 6, Law 18, Dixon 0. Totals: 18 9-15 55.

HENLEY (46): Lawrie 10, Hall 2, O’Connor 6, Newsom 1, Neubert 7, Frank 7, Howe 9, Northcutt 4. Totals: 16 11-20 46.

Grants Pass1171918— 55

Henley913618— 46

3-point goals — Grants Pass 8 (C. Anderson 1, Ealy 1, T. Anderson 2, Law 4), Henley 3 (O’Connor 1, Neubert 1, Frank 1). Fouled out — Hall. Technical fouls — Hall 1, Neubert 1.

KLAMATH UNION 49, PHOENIX 34: At Phoenix, Klamath Union won the championship of the Pirate Shootout in a nonconference matchup of Skyline Conference teams.

Nico Ortega made three 3-pointers and paced the Pirates with 11 points. They dropped to 1-1.

Klamath Union got 15 points from Darius Holmes in improving to 2-0.

KLAMATH UNION (49): Arvizu 6, Cook 13, Wallace 2, Short 4, Holmes 15, Taylor 9, Macias 0, Bundng 0, S. Ducta 0, J. Ducta 0. Totals: 21 4-11 49.

PHOENIX (34): Watts 5, Clayton 7, Hutsell 4, Stanfield 2, Jenkins 3, Ortega 11, Olseiwski 2, Zanni 0, Osario 0. Totals: 13 2-8 34.

Klamath Union11121115— 49

Phoenix121048— 34

3-point goals — Klamath Union 3 (Holmes 2, Taylor 1), Phoenix 6 (Watts 1, Clayton 1, Jenkins 1, Ortega 3).

JV result — Klamath Union won.

ST. MARYS 64, DOUGLAS 53: At Phoenix, St. Mary’s withstood a spirited third-quarter comeback by Douglas to capture its first win of the season at the Pirate Shootout.

After leading by 13 at halftime, St. Mary’s (1-2) led by seven heading into the fourth quarter. James Forrester hit a quick 3-pointer and Nathan Sternenberg scored four of his seven points to thwart the Trojans.

Forrester had 13 points and Tre Foster added 11. Five Crusaders had a 3-pointer.

DOUGLAS (53): Hoque 9, Edwards 2, Jones 8, Willard 15, LaRocque 5, Fowler 2, Schofield 12. Totals: 20 19-35 53.

ST. MARY’S (64): Banton 5, Kaeo-Wailehua 4, Forrester 13, Guyer 1, Kranenburg 8, Sacks 2, Bennion 3, Hadley 5, Sternenberg 7, Snyder 5, Foster 11. Totals: 24 12-25 64.

Douglas10141712— 53

St. Mary’s15221116— 64

3-point goals — St. Mary’s 5 (Banton 1, Forrester 1, Bennion 1, Sternenberg 1, Snyder 1), Douglas 4 (Hoque 1, Willard 2, LaRocque 1).

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 67, ROGUE RIVER 35: At Rogue River, Cascade Christian forced 25 turnovers and only turned it over 10 times itself in the nonleague win.

The Challengers (1-0) got 15 points from Donminic Lewis, 14 from Layne Collom and 13 from Kiegan Schaan.

Diego Agosto paced Rogue River (0-2) with 17 points.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (67): Reece 7, Coster 4, Crowl 6, Schaan 13, Miller 0, Meilicke 0, Coppedge 2, Lewis 15, Collom 14, Schmidt 2, Spurlock 4, Brehm 0. Totals: 27 6-10 67.

ROGUE RIVER (35): Poston 4, Decker 5, Agosto 17, Decourcey 2, Nelson 2, Ferry 0, Canoe 1, Colbert 0, Haag 4. Totals: 14 6-13 35.

Cascade Christian16151818— 67

Rogue River118106— 35

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 7 (Reece 1, Crowl 2, Schaan 1, Lewis 1, Collom 2), Rogue River 1 (Decker 1).

JV result — Cascade Christian won.

RV ADVENTIST 64, PARADISE ADVENTIST 19: At Chico, Calif., Rogue Valley Adventist rolled to its first victory of the season in the nonleague game.

Caleb Jackson had 18 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Red Tail Hawks (1-1).

Ruben Tovar chipped in 13 points, five rebounds and three assists, and Alex Wiggers added nine points and two rebounds.

A basketball with March Madness 2019 sits in a rack before Michigan practice at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Des Moines, Iowa, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)