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Cascade Christian tops No. 2 Dayton, meets St. Mary's

COOS BAY — Another comeback, another win by a Medford team Thursday in the Class 3A boys basketball state tournament, and now an intriguing matchup awaits in the semifinals on Friday.

Tenth-seeded Cascade Christian dominated the middle two periods — leaning heavily on its calling card: suffocating defense — and upset second-seeded Dayton, 53-45, at Marshfield High in the state quarterfinals.

The game ended a couple hours after St. Mary’s, Cascade Christian’s Medford and Far West League rival, rallied to beat Salem Academy and earn a semifinal berth.

They meet for the third time this season at 8:15 tonight, with the winner advancing to the state championship game against the winner between Oregon Episcopal and Creswell.

Cascade Christian last won state in 2009, while St. Mary’s captured the title most recently in 2016.

During league play, Cascade Christian (22-5) and St. Mary’s (16-9) each won on its home floor against the other, the Challengers triumphing 65-57, and St. Mary’s winning 70-68.

Cascade Christian is ranked sixth in the state coaches poll, and the Crusaders are seventh.

Against second-ranked Dayton (22-7), the Challengers trailed 13-5 after the first quarter, then clamped down on defense, holding the Pirates to eight points in the second period and nine in the third.

Cascade Christian outscored Dayton 31-17 in the middle two quarters and held serve in the fourth.

The Challengers began the second with a 12-2 run that gave them their first lead, 17-15, with 3:12 left until halftime. Layne Collom did the honors with a 3-pointer after taking a feed from Matt McPheeters.

Cascade Christian led 24-21 at halftime and upped the advantage to as high as eight points in the third.

Dayton battled back to a 40-all tie but wasn’t able to take back the lead.

The two teams had split in two meetings earlier this season.

The balanced Challengers — five players scored between 13 and eight points — were paced by Cody Reece with 13 points, three rebounds and two steals; Collom with 11 points, four rebounds and three assists; and Donminic Lewis, with 10 points, seven rebounds, four steals and two blocks.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (22-5)

Cody Reece 4-8 4-4 13; Layne Collom 2-5 6-9 11; Donminic Lewis 3-9 4-4 10; Kiegan Schaan 3-8 2-2 9; Matt McPheeters 3-4 1-2 8; Nathan Spurlock 1-2 0-0 2; Braydn Coppedge 0-0 0-0 0; Ryan Crowl 0-0 0-0 0; Kai Coster 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-37 17-21 53.

DAYTON (22-7)

Dawson Ashley 5-11 1-1 14; Payton Garrison 4-7 0-0 8; Tyler Spink 3-9 0-1 7; Justin Morales 2-2 3-6 7; Kaden Fergus 3-5 0-0 6; Benji Hudson 1-1 0-0 2; Jacob Morales 0-2 1-2 1; Kody Fuller 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-38 5-10 45.

Cascade Christian5191217— 53

Dayton138915— 45

3-point goals—Cascade Christian 4-12 (Matt McPheeters 1-1; Kiegan Schaan 1-3; Cody Reece 1-2; Layne Collom 1-3; Kai Coster 0-1; Donminic Lewis 0-2), Dayton 4-11 (Dawson Ashley 3-4; Tyler Spink 1-6; Jacob Morales 0-1). Fouled out—Cascade Christian-None, Dayton-None. Rebounds—Cascade Christian 26 (Donminic Lewis 7), Dayton 20 (Justin Morales 4). Assists—Cascade Christian 7 (Layne Collom 3), Dayton 12 (Justin Morales 3). Total fouls—Cascade Christian 11, Dayton 18. Technical fouls—Cascade Christian-None, Dayton-None.

Moda Health Players of the Game:

Donminic Lewis, Cascade Christian

Dawson Ashley, Dayton

Cody Reece, left, shown in an earlier game, paced Cascade Christian with 13 points in the state quarterfinal win over Dayton Thursday.