PREP BASKETBALL: Challengers lose heartbreaker in 3A title game
COOS BAY — For the second consecutive season, the Cascade Christian boys basketball team just missed winning a state title.
In what proved to be a tight game down the stretch, Yamhill-Carlton edged Cascade Christian 52-48 in Friday night’s championship game of the Class 3A culminating week tournament at Marshfield High.
With the loss, the Challengers (13-1) saw their bid at an unbeaten season end as well.
Cascade Christian lost 35-33 to Oregon Episcopal in last season’s state title game on March 7, 2020, a game that was also played at Marshfield.
Yamhill-Carlton freshmen guards Moroni Seely-Roberts and Malachi Seely-Roberts accounted for all but two of the Tigers’ points Friday night. Moroni Seely-Roberts finished with a game-high 33 points — including 16 in the second half as Yamhill-Carlton chipped away at Cascade Christian’s lead — while Malachi Seely-Roberts had 17 points.
Levi Marincus had a team-high 16 points for Cascade Christian. Matt McPheeters added 14 points and four rebounds, while Morgan Law — who was named the Far West League’s MVP earlier this week — had 10 points, four assists, four rebounds and three steals.
Cody Reece also added five points, five assists and four steals for the Challengers.
Cascade Christian led 32-21 at the half, but saw Yamhill-Carlton cut the deficit to 41-40 heading into the final quarter.
The Tigers outscored the Challengers 31-16 in the second half.
Yamhill-Carlton is led by Heather Roberts, who coached at Ashland High and is believed to be the first female boys varsity basketball coach in Oregon in the modern era. The Tigers (13-4) captured their first state title in boys basketball since 1992 and just their third overall in school history.
YAMHILL-CARLTON (52): Mo. Seely-Roberts 33, Richmond 2, Ramsey-Buress 0, Rivas 0, Reimann 0, Ma. Seely-Roberts 17, Tuning 0, Horne 0. Totals: 23 4-7 52.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN (48): Reece 5, Marincus 16, Anderson 3, Coppedge 0, P. Maurer 0, McPheeters 14, Law 10, Brown 0. Totals: 19 6-14 48.
Cascade Christian122097— 48
3-point goals — Yamhill-Carlton 2 (Mo. Seely-Roberts 1, Ma. Seely-Roberts 1), Cascade Christian 4 (Reece 1, Marincus 1, Anderson 1, Law 1). Fouled out — Reece.
CRATER 76, ROSEBURG 57: At Central Point, Crater came out firing in the first quarter to build a 26-3 advantage and never looked back in the third-place game of the Southern Oregon Conference tournament.
Hunter Chubb dropped in 26 points with the help of seven 3-pointers to lead the Comets (9-5), who converted 19 shots from beyond the arc. The senior added 12 rebounds, six blocks and seven assists in the season finale.
Colton Vranes made three of his five 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished with 19 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals, while Tate Broesder chipped in with 11 points and three rebounds.
Colton Marsters had 16 points and Matt Parker added 14 for Roseburg (5-11).
ROSEBURG (57): Marsters 16, M. Parker 14, Pinard 7, Stedman 5, Z. Martin 5, Cleary 2, Vredenburg 8, Mendoza 0, Wilder 0, Ash 0, Persyns. Totals: 19 12-17 57.
CRATER (76): Idiart 4, Smith 0, Vranes 19, Chubb 26, Turner 0, L. Price 5, Dahlin 6, Dutkiewicz 5, Broesder 11. Totals: 27 3-8 76.
3-point goals — Roseburg 7 (Marsters 3, M. Parker 2, Stedman 1, Vredenburg 1), Crater 19 (Vranes 5, Chubb 7, L. Price 1, Dahlin 2, Broesder 3, Dutkiewicz 1). Fouled out — Turner.
BUTTE FALLS 79, PROSPECT 47: At Prospect, junior Colby Wood scored a game-high 36 points to lead Butte Falls to a win over Prospect in the season finale for both teams.
Wood was one of three players in double figures for the Loggers (6-2), who led 39-21 at the half. Junior Dylan Neufeld chipped in 15 points, while Thomas Johnson had 14 points.
Junior Theo James led Prospect (1-11) with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while senior Jadon Taylor had 12 points.
CRATER 44, GRANTS PASS 42: At Central Point, Crater clinched the Southern Oregon Conference tournament title behind steady nerves at the free-throw line and a balanced effort with eight different players scoring in the season finale.
Madison Dutkiewicz had 11 points, six rebounds and four steals and McKenzie Hirsch added eight points, five rebounds and four steals for the Comets (12-3).
Crater opened a 10-point halftime lead behind a solid defensive effort but needed every bit of that advantage as Grants Pass (8-5) slowly narrowed the gap behind its 3-point shooting. The Comets finished 15-for-17 from the foul line, going 11-for-12 in the second half.
The Cavers knocked down six of their seven 3-pointers in the second half, with Emily Rund and Sophie Mock connecting on two apiece. Rund finished with 12 points and Mock scored eight.
Abby Winslow added four rebounds, four steals and two assists for Crater.
GRANTS PASS (42): Lopez 2, Bruner 4, Pastrell 0, Mock 8, Rund 12, Wakefield 2, Seidel 3, Teagle 4, Poteet 7. Totals: 16 3-10 42.
CRATER (44): Gugliotta 5, Sizemore 2, Amidei 0, Weaver 4, Hirsch 8, Stidham 6, Waters 4, Winslow 4, Dutkiewicz 11, Richardson 0, Gonzalez 0. Totals: 13 15-17 44.
Grants Pass68820— 42
3-point goals — Grants Pass 7 (Mock 2, Rund 4, Siedel 1), Crater 3 (Gugliotta 1, Dutkiewicz 2).
NORTH MEDFORD 22, ROSEBURG 15: North Medford sophomore Ali Stevens had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Black Tornado in the SOC tournament consolation bracket final.
Stevens was the lone player to score in double figures on either team.
Sophomore Margaret Hamlin had nine rebounds for North (4-12).
Roseburg (0-12) was led by Amy Carpenter and Makaia McClatcher, who each had four points.
ROSEBURG (15): Morello 0, Mohlsick 2, Carpenter 4, Rivera 0, Smith 0, Pinard 2, McClatcher 4, Murphy 3, Stribling 0. Totals: 7 1-4 15.
NORTH MEDFORD (22): Gallery 5, Stewart 0, Stevens 12, Richardson 3, Patel 0, Hamlin 0, McNamee 2, Chavez 0. Totals: 9 4-10 22.
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Fouled out — Mohlsick.
RAINIER 55, PHOENIX 31: At Seaside, Morgan James had 13 points and three rebounds for Phoenix, but a third-quarter surge by Rainier proved too much to overcome at the Seaside Tournament.
Josie Bolstad added eight points and four rebounds and Fatima Flores had six rebounds for the Pirates (10-5).
Rainier (4-6) poured in six of the team’s 11 3-pointers in the third quarter and pulled away with a 23-9 run.