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BOYS BASKETBALL: Crater rolls in MWL opener

EUGENE — For the first two quarters of Tuesday’s Midwestern League opener, the Crater boys basketball team couldn’t get the ball to fall on a consistent basis.

Luckily for the Comets, that all changed come the third quarter.

Using a 21-point third quarter and a second half in which it outscored North Eugene 36-17, Crater was able to pull away for a 58-32 win on the road over the Highlanders in the MWL opener for both teams.

“It was huge,” said first-year Crater head coach Brian Broaddus of the win. “The league opener is big, but it being on the road is even bigger We made a couple of adjustments (at halftime). We had good shots in the first half, but were missing shots on the block and in the paint and had open 3s — they just weren’t falling. Luckily they went down in the second half.”

The Comets (6-1, 1-0 MWL) have now won three straight and led 22-15 at the half despite the first-half struggles offensively. In the third quarter, Crater nearly matched its point total from the first two periods and entered the fourth with a 15-point lead at 43-28.

Crater senior wing Tate Broesder finished with a game-high 15 points and hit three of the Comets’ nine 3-pointers.

Crater also got 11 points from senior Colton Vranes, while sophomore Ashton Acrey had 10 points. Both Acrey and sophomore Ty Dahlin, who had eight points, recorded a pair of 3s.

Junior wing Devon Anderson scored 12 points for North Eugene (2-4, 0-1).

CRATER (58): Acrey 10, Lasater 4, Vranes 11, Smith 0, Price 7, Idiart 3, Dahlin 8, Broesder 15, Whalen 0. Totals: 23 3-5 58.

NORTH EUGENE (32): Anderson 12, Banry 6, Dietz 0, Sims 1, Lemley 0, Johannsen 0, Stevens 3, Spencer 0, McKinnis 0, Gould 0, Vaugn 10, Cartwright 0. Totals: 13 4-9 32.

Crater11112115— 58

North Eugene411134— 32

3-point goals — Crater 9 (Acrey 2, Vranes 1, Idiart 1, Dahlin 2, Broesder 3), North Eugene 2 (Anderson 1, Vaughn 1).

ASHLAND 46, WILLAMETTE 42: At Eugene, Hawthorn Lapierre scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half and knocked down four clutch free throws to seal Ashland’s comeback in its Midwestern League opener.

After Lapierre sank two free throws to put the Grizzlies (3-2, 1-0 MWL) up 44-39, the Wolverines (2-2, 0-1) drained a deep 3-pointer with five seconds remaining. The Wolverines were forced to foul Lapierre and the senior came through by making both at the charity stripe.

Egan Shields added 10 points for the Grizzlies.

ASHLAND (46): Stowasser 5, Lapierre 25, Golden 2, Barnes 4, Shields 10, Wright 0, Thompson 0. Totals: 15 15-24 46.

WILLAMETTE (42): Lesane 3, Bracy 2, Hemphill 6, Lin 4, O’Roy 10, Small 8, Long 9, Thatcher 0, Dring 0, Mainard 0. Totals: 14 7-13 42.

Ashland2122111— 46

Willamette781114— 42

3-point goals — Ashland 1 (Stowasser 1), Willamette 7 (Lesane 1, Hemphill 1, O’Roy 2, Long 3).

EAGLE POINT 49, THURSTON 36: At Springfield, Eagle Point put in one of its best defensive performances, holding Thurston to single digits in three quarters in the MWL opener for both teams.

Senior Brennen Neyt scored 18 points to lead the Eagles (6-1, 1-0 MWL), who have won five straight games.

Eagle Point was able to shake off a tough start to take a 19-15 lead into halftime, then outscored the Colts (0-4, 0-1) 16-9 in the fourth quarter to pull away.

EAGLE POINT (49): Quintero 7, Smith 7, Dutton 0, Neyt 18, Carlton 0, Johnson 9, McGuire 0, Redondo 8, Morgan 0, Uribe 0. Totals: 14 12-16 49.

THURSTON (36): Mmari 4, Perez 4, Stutesman 5, Humphries 7, Gallup 0, Stiffler 9, Molony 0, Efsearf 0, James 2, Newell 0, Levesque 5. Totals: 9 3-5 36.

Eagle Point4151416— 49

Thurston96129— 36

3-point goals — Eagle Point 3 (Quintero 1, Smith 1, Neyt 1), Thurston 5 (Stutesman 1, Humphries 2, Stiffler 1, Levesque 1).

JV result — Thurston won.

PROSPECT 79, GILCHRIST 35: At Prospect, Theo James had 36 points and 16 rebounds while Boden Perkins added 19 points and 10 assists in the runaway win for Prospect.

Andrew Hammer had 10 points, Parker Davis added eight rebounds and Dylan Christian had four rebounds, four steals and three assists for the Cougars (3-1).

ILLINOIS VALLEY 52, ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 42: At Cave Junction, Alex Wiggers racked up 12 points and 15 rebounds to go with a couple of blocks but Illinois Valley was able to deal Rogue Valley Adventist its first defeat.

The Red Tail Hawks (3-1), who shot just 36% in the contest, recovered from a slow start to take a 25-24 lead into halftime. The Cougars, however, went on a run in the third quarter to go up by as many as 16 points.

Kyle Wilson added nine points, eight boards and three blocks for RVA, which received eight points and six assists from David Zamudio.

Starz Saavedra led Illinois Valley with 24 points.