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Crater boys cruise in Cascade tourney opener

Eagle Point girls advance to semis on late 3-pointer by Nielsen

Consistency of effort and quality of play have been items of interest to work on thus far for the Crater boys basketball team, and both were largely on display Tuesday to open the Dutch Bros Christmas Classic at Cascade Christian High.

Despite gaining a commanding early lead on Phoenix, the Comets kept the foot on the gas and saw 10 different players reach the scoring column en route to a 64-31 triumph.

Tuesday marked the first of three days of tournament play, with all but one boys and girls varsity contest being played in the Challengers’ main gym.

“It was nice to have some balance and see that some other guys got in the scorebook and got to play big boy basketball,” said first-year Crater head coach Brian Broaddus.

Senior guard Colton Vranes led three Comets in double figures with 14 points, with Javon Smith and Tate Broesder adding 10 points apiece. None of the three played in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Dylan Harper scored nine points and senior Michael Valadez had eight points to pace Phoenix (3-4).

Crater (7-1), ranked No. 5 in the Class 5A coaches poll, expects to next play Dayton in the championship semifinals at 7:30 tonight. Dayton (5-2) and St. Mary’s (3-4) played Tuesday’s late game that didn’t start until 9 p.m.

Dayton is No. 3 in the 3A ranks, just ahead of tournament cohorts Cascade Christian (fourth) and Santiam Christian (fifth).

“That should be a good game,” said Broaddus. “(Head coach Ron Hop) has been there a long time and does a good job. When I was at Mountain View we played them in the summer quite a bit and they’re a soid program for sure.”

The Comets took some of the mystery out of the final outcome early Tuesday, opening an 18-6 lead through one quarter and then really digging in with a handful of 3-pointers in the second quarter to stretch that advantage to 41-14 at halftime.

“We kind of got rolling in the second quarter and pressed a little bit to get some energy,” said Broaddus, whose team had a 1:30 p.m. tipoff. “It was kind of hard to get energy in the gym with an early game and not many people in attendance but I thought we did a good job.”

Crater knocked down nine 3-pointers spread among seven players to pull away, and also tinkered a little on the defensive end.

“We tried some different things that we don’t normally do,” said Broaddus. “We worked on a little zone and did a little hockey substitution in the second quarter with five in and five out and then five in and five out again.”

Class 4A Phoenix expects to face 3A St. Mary’s at 12 p.m. today in the consolation bracket.

CRATER (64): Acrey 5, Lasater 3, Vranes 14, Smith 10, Price 4, Idiart 0, Dutkiewicz 3, Grant 0, Dahlin 6, B. Higginson 5, Broesder 10, Whalen 4. Totals: 27 1-4 64.

PHOENIX (31): White 0, Brown 0, Monroe 5, Stubbs 3, Je. Selden 0, Trenbeath 0, Harper 9, Talbott 0, Bolstad 6, Valadez 8. Totals: 11 3-8 31.

Crater1823158— 64

Phoenix68107— 31

3-point goals — Crater 9 (Acrey 1, Lasater 1, Vranes 2, Dutkiewicz 1, Dahlin 2, B. Higginson 1, Broesder 1), Phoenix 6 (Monroe 1, Harper 1, Bolstad 2, Valdez 2).

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 61, KLAMATH UNION 27: Cascade Christian sophomore center Austin Maurer scored all of his game-high 26 points in the second half to allow the Challengers to pull away for a first-round win over Klamath Union.

The 6-foot-11 Maurer had 18 points in the third quarter alone, helping the Challengers (3-2) take a commanding 40-17 lead. He also pulled down 17 rebounds and blocked five shots.

Senior Cody Reece and sophomore Cannon Anderson also finished in double figures with 10 points apiece for Cascade, which will next play at 6 p.m. in today’s semifinals. Reece also recorded six assists.

Klamath Union senior Vaughn Watah had 15 points to lead the Pelicans (4-3).

KLAMATH UNION (27): Merhoff 0, Taylor 4, Macias 6, Matheney 0, Gutierrez 0, Ortiz 0, Anderson 2, Batista 0, Watah 15. Totals: 12 1-6 27.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (61): Reece 10, Anderson 10, Wallace 2, P. Maurer 7, Hess 0, Sample 0, A. Maurer 26, Bryant 2, Nering 4. Totals: 24 9-16 61.

Klamath Union55710— 27

Cascade Christian7151821— 61

3-point goals — Klamath Union 2 (Macias 1, Watah 1), Cascade Christian 4 (Reece 2, Anderson 1, P. Maurer 1). Fouled out — Macias.

Girls

EAGLE POINT 31, PHOENIX 29: Eagle Point senior Emilee Nielsen drained a go-ahead 3-pointer with two seconds left to lift the Eagles to their first win of the season and into today’s championship semifinals.

Nielsen finished with nine points while Haley McCornack pulled in seven rebounds for Eagle Point (1-5), which outscored Phoenix 11-5 in the fourth quarter to earn a hard-fought victory. The Eagles next play Harrisburg at 3 p.m. today.

Anabell Delgado had 20 points and eight steals to lead Phoenix, which had used an 11-4 surge in the third quarter to gain the lead. The Pirates next play North Valley at 7:30 tonight.

EAGLE POINT (31): Raber 0, Nielsen 9, Hanan 5, Baldwin 6, Munoz 0, Balero 3, Pena 0, McCornack 2, Cabrera 6. Totals: 10 8-18 31.

PHOENIX (29): James 4, Nolan 2, Vos 0, Potratz 3, Delgado 20, Rector 0, Mohamud 0. Totals: 11 5-8 29.

Eagle Point97411— 31

Phoenix49115— 29

3-point goals — Eagle Point 3 (Baldwin 2, Nielsen 1), Phoenix 2 (Delgado 2).

KLAMATH UNION 51, ASHLAND 34: Keely Hall scored 19 points and Dianara Pena added 12 to lead Klamath Union to the first-round victory.

The Pelicans (5-2) used a 17-4 edge in the second quarter to break Ashland’s rhythm, going 6-for-10 from the foul line in the stanza.

Kendra Caruso had a strong all-around game for Ashland (0-5), contributing seven points, seven rebounds, five steals and four assists.

Abbey Lambert added nine points and Isabella Robinson pulled in seven rebounds for the Grizzlies, who next play at 10:30 this morning.

ASHLAND (34): Montgomery 2, Lambert 9, Caruso 7, G. Carter 0, Jenkins 2, Heiken 7, L. Carter 0, Robinson 4, Lundgren 0, Pokrob 3. Totals: 15 2-6 34.

KLAMATH UNION (51): Mendez 0, Hall 19, E. Garcia 0, Pena 12, Langley 3, Mahan 8, Slaven 0, S. Garcia 4, Neese 5. Totals: 18 13-18 51.

Ashland15469— 34

Klamath Union11171013— 51

3-point goals — Ashland 2 (Heiken 1, Pokrob 1), Klamath Union 2 (Pena 2).

SANTIAM CHRISTIAN 47, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 24: Cascade Christian saw its first-quarter lead quickly evaporate after offensive struggles allowed Santiam Christian to come back for the win.

Cascade’s Jordynn Jones scored a team-high 11 points, while Callie Sweem added eight for the Challengers (3-6), who will face Ashland in the consolation bracket tonight.

Kate Fast finished with 15 points to lead three Santiam Christian (7-3) scorers in double figures.

SANTIAM CHRISTIAN (47): Davis 2, Roberts 2, K. Fast 15, Fullbright 2, Vincent 0, Scariano 0, Fields 10, E. Fast 0, Vost 13, Hughes 0, Riddle 3. Totals: 18 5-10 47.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (X24): Cramer 0, Shipman 0, Sweem 8, Williams 2, Brehm 0, Coats 0, Jones 11, Pierson 0, Roberson 3, Smith 0. Totals: 9 4-7 24.

Santiam Christian 9 11 18 9— 47

Cascade Christian 12 2 7 3— 24

3-point goals — Santiam Christian 6 (K. Fast 3, Vost 2, Riddle 1). Cascade Christian 2 (Sweem 1, Jones 1).

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