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PREP BASKETBALL: Eagle Point holds off Springfield

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Defensive effort bails out Eagles as they equal combined victory total over past four seasons

EAGLE POINT — Second-year Eagle Point boys basketball coach Ryan Marrs caught himself between a moment of honesty and one of deeper perspective late Thursday night.

On one hand, his Eagles had just put forth their lowest scoring performance of the young season.

On the other, Eagle Point’s defensive effort offered up a saving grace to secure a 40-35 win over visiting Springfield in Midwestern League play.

“We ended up getting the win, but it was ugly,” Marrs said with a chuckle.

That said, Marrs quickly noted that the win is all that matters for an Eagle Point program that has seen more than its share of struggles in recent years but is enjoying its best start in seven years.

“I just feel very fortunate to have the year that we’re having right now,” said the coach. “It’s a great group of kids and a lot of fun to be part of this.”

Boosted by a 19-point effort from senior Brennen Neyt, the Eagles improved to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in MWL play to equal the program’s combined wins from the 2017-18 season to this past spring.

It wasn’t looking too good early on, mind you, for Eagle Point as Springfield (1-5, 0-1 MWL) jumped out to a 16-6 lead through one quarter of play.

“We just came out super flat on the offensive end,” Marrs of the rough start said. “We were standing around a lot and not moving the ball. It got a tiny bit better in the second quarter, but still not where we wanted it to be. Fortunately, our defense keeps bailing us out. My boys locked it down in the second quarter and the defense really carried us from that point on.”

The Eagles were able to limit the Millers to two points in the second quarter to trail only 18-15 at halftime.

Springfield’s lead was 25-21 heading into the fourth quarter before EP’s offense, which had been averaging 60 points, finally began to click.

“It was just back-and-forth there in the fourth quarter,” Marrs said. “We traded a few buckets with Springfield — and they were competing just as hard as we were competing — until the last minute and a half when we went up by three or four points and they had to foul and we were able to benefit from the free-throw line.”

Neyt led the charge by going 6-for-8 from the foul line in the fourth quarter and 7-for-10 overall as the Eagles finished 11-for-18. Tommy Johnson, who had five points, also helped secure the win with a few key fourth quarter rebounds to keep the ball in EP’s hands.

Alejandro Redondo contributed seven points and the lone made 3-pointer for the Eagles, who have not been shy about putting them up this season but converted only one of their 19 attempts beyond the arc Thursday.

“It just felt like there was a lid on the basket tonight,” said Marrs. “There were a lot of good looks and it just was not dropping.”

Anthony Hill led the charge for Springfield with 13 points.

SPRINGFIELD (35): Cano 0, Vega 2, Kapihe 4, Napier 6, Hill 13, Navarrete 0, Lemley 0, Peterson 0, Evans 4, Colter 4, Tremarche 2. Totals: 16 5-9 35.

EAGLE POINT (40): Quintero 1, Smith 4, Dutton 0, Neyt 19, Carlton 0, Johnson 5, McGuire 4, Redondo 7. Totals: 15 11-18 40.

Springfield162710— 35

Eagle Point69619— 40

3-point goals — Springfield 2 (HIll 1, Kapihe 1), Eagle Point 1 (Redondo 1).

JV result — Springfield won.

TRINITY LUTHERAN 48, ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 45: At Bend, Rogue Valley Adventist drew up a play for a tying 3-pointer in the final 10 seconds, but fumbled the ball out of bounds and Trinity Lutheran held on for the Mountain Valley League victory.

Alex Wiggers had 15 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks for the Red Tail Hawks (3-2), while Lucas Christensen added nine points and five assists and Cody Mendenhall had eight points and eight rebounds.

Girls

SOUTH MEDFORD 89, BREA OLINDA 67: At Brea, Calif., South Medford senior forward Sierra Logue scored 21 of her career-high 29 points in the first half and junior guard Donovyn Hunter finished with 28 to lead the Panthers in the opening game of their two-game road trip in Southern California.

Logue and Hunter combined for 35 of the Panthers’ 52 first-half points as South (3-1) came out strong and held a 20-point at halftime. Logue also recorded four blocks and seven rebounds, while Hunter — who had 14 points in each half — finished with a team-high seven steals.

As a team, South had 19 steals and shot 54% from the field.

Brea Olinda (7-3), which had previously won three of its last four, connected on 10 3-pointers. Sophia Williams had 19 points, Justine Prajinto added 14 and Faith Knapp scored 12.

SOUTH MEDFORD (89): Settle 0, Hunter 28, Dillard 5, S. Schmerbach 4, Ceron 5, Logue 29, Coley 6, West 0, Bullock 0, T. Schmerbach 4, Fealey 8. Totals: 38 11-13 89.

BREA OLINDA (67): Campbell 0, Choi 0, Han 0, Kame 5, Sanborn 0, Dietrich 10, Ja. Prajinto 5, Ramirez 0, Ju. Prajinto 14, Knapp 12, Wang 0, Rotblum 2, Williams 19. Totals: 23 11-17 67.

South Medford25271918— 89

Brea Olinda19132213— 67

3-point goals — South Medford 2 (Hunter 2), Brea Olinda 10 (Williams 3, Ju. Prajinto 3, Ja. Prajinto 1, Dietrich 2, Kame 1).

GRANTS PASS 48, BEND 27: At Grants Pass, Grants Pass sophomore Brooke Anderson hit four first-half 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 23 points.

Anderson finished with five treys on the night and the Cavers (4-2) hit eight 3-pointers as a team.

Sophomore Brooklyn Wakefield also finished in double figures with 11 points for Grants Pass, which has won four of its last five games.

BEND (27): Kowalski 0, Gardner 5, Nye 7, Cook 0, Pendergast 0, LeLuge 10, Spikerman 3, Zahniser 2. Totals: 10 4-4 27.

GRANTS PASS (48): Anderson 23, Thompson 2, Bruner 2, K. Wakefield 0, Pastrell 0, Mock 6, Robinson 0, B. Wakefield 11, Vainuku-Johnson 1, Mizer 3, Tobey 0. Totals: 16 8-10 48.

Bend1214913— 48

Grants Pass7866— 27

3-point goals — Bend 3 (Gardner 1, Nye 1, Spikerman 1), Grants Pass 8 (Anderson 5, Mock 2, Mizer 1).

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneEagle Point’s Stephen Dutton takes the ball away from Springfield's Anthony Hill during the second quarter of Thursday’s game.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneEagle Point’s Brennen Neyt shoots for 2 points during second quarter of Thursday’s game against Springfield.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneEagle Point’s Brennen Neyt drives for two points during the first quarter of Thursday’s game against Springfield.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneEagle Point’s Alejandro Redondo drives to the hoop during the second quarter of Thursday’s game against Springfield.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneEagle Point’s Brennen Neyt shoots for two points during the first quarter of Thursday’s game against Springfield.