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PREP BASKETBALL: Ashland falls in double overtime

The most contested boys basketball game on Day 1 at the Abby’s Holiday Classic also proved to be the longest, with Forest Grove outlasting Ashland for a 65-63 double overtime victory Wednesday night at South Medford High.

“Our guys just competed their hearts out the whole way,” said Ashland head coach Sam Osofsky. “I was really proud of the way they played, especially when you consider our three leading scorers and starters were not on the court for almost all of the overtimes.”

Forest Grove senior Trevor Cannon hit a game-tying 3-pointer with three seconds remaining in regulation to force the first extra session at 49-all, while Ashland sophomore Azure McNamara provided his lone basket of the game in the waning seconds to send the clash into a second OT period tied at 57.

In the fateful final session, Jake Steltenpohl scored a rebound basket with 30 seconds to go for the Vikings and Ashland’s last-ditch effort on a contested 3-pointer by junior Izzy Golden missed its mark and wound up in Forest Grove’s hands to end the marathon encounter.

Golden, who finished with a team-high 20 points, previously had sparked his team from a nine-point halftime deficit with a flurry of 3-pointers in the third quarter. The 5-foot-10 Golden continuously found a seam in the Vikings’ zone defense, knocking down shots beyond the arc on three straight Ashland possessions and finishing with four 3-pointers overall in the third quarter.

“Izzy played the game of his life to this point,” said Osofsky, “but I think his best games are still in front of him. He’s a shooter with a lot of confidence. He’s small in stature but he’s got a lot of heart and sets the tone for us with his enthusiasm and his attitude.”

After a slow start, Forest Grove had previously kicked things into high gear with a 21-8 edge in the second quarter and held a three-possession lead for much of the third quarter until Golden got hot from the perimeter.

Cannon scored 17 points to lead Forest Grove, which got 10 points apiece from Steltenpohl and Ryder Davis.

Ashland (3-3) will square off for a second time this season at 1:30 p.m. against North Medford to cap the tournament, while Forest Grove (4-4) plays at 12 p.m. against South Medford.

The Grizzlies opened the game effectively by getting the ball inside to 6-foot-10 junior Egan Shields, who finished with 16 points. Shields, however, cramped up on the final play of regulation and was unable to return.

Ashland lost senior point guard Toby Barnes to a concussion in the first half, then lost another key player in the first overtime when senior Hawthorn Lapierre was assessed a flagrant foul and ejected to end his night.

Lapierre, typically Ashland’s leading scorer, finished with 10 points but will be unavailable for today’s game against the Black Tornado, according to Osofsky.

ASHLAND (63): Stowasser 3, Lapierre 10, Golden 20, Wright 8, Thompson 4, McNamara 2, Barnes 0, Shields 16. Totals: 26 3-6 63.

FOREST GROVE (65): Case 6, Rebsom 3, Cannon 17, Ellington 9, Milton 2, Funk 2, Kaulia 4, Clute 0, Hale 2, Steltenpohl 10, Davis 10. Totals: 26 5-7 65.

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Forest Grove621418 8 8 — 65

3-point goals — Ashland 8 (Golden 5, Wright 2, Stowasser 1), Forest Grove 8 (Case 2, Rebsom 1, Cannon 3, Ellington 1, Steltenpohl 1). Technical foul — Lapierre.

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 56, ELKTON 32: Cody Mendenhall led the way with 17 points and seven rebounds and Rogue Valley Adventist pulled away late for the nonleague win.

Lucas Christensen added 14 points, six rebounds and two assists for RVA (8-2), while David Zamudio had 13 points, four rebounds and a pair of assists. The Red Tail Hawks led 25-14 at halftime before outscoring the Elks 31-18 in the second half.

Girls

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 51, ELKTON 11: Michaela Porter had 20 points and six assists and Emma Bischoff added 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Rogue Valley Adventist to the nonleague rout.

Isabell Zamora chipped in with six points and 10 assists for the Red Tail Hawks, who improved to 7-2 overall.

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