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PREP BASKETBALL: Maurer leads the charge in Cascade win

SALEM — Cascade Christian sophomore center Austin Maurer recorded a double-double with 36 points and 13 rebounds to lead the way in the Challengers’ 73-55 win over Nyssa in the opening round of the Crusader Classic New Year’s Invitational at Salem Academy.

Maurer scored 19 of his 36 points in the second half, with Cascade Christian (5-3) making more of a concerted effort to get their 6-foot-10 standout involved.

“We did a much better job getting him the ball in the second half,” Cascade Christian head coach Brian Morse said. “It’s really about us getting him the ball. Good things happen when we get him the ball. When he’s not touching the ball, we’re not scoring. In the second half, we moved him to the high post so the ball went through him and that changed the dynamics in (Nyssa’s) zone defense.”

After seeing Nyssa (2-6) record a 21-point second quarter against his team to cut Cascade’s lead to 31-27 heading into halftime, Morse knew something needed to change.

“We started off pretty flat in the first half,” Morse said. “We gave up 21 points in the second quarter, and that was completely unacceptable.”

Thanks to a pair of key adjustments, the Challengers were well on their way in the second half.

With an emphasis on getting the ball to Maurer, he scored nine of the Challengers’ 21 third-quarter points and then had 10 more in the fourth.

As much as getting their standout center more involved, Cascade also went to a full-court press to up the pressure on Nyssa. The results proved fruitful, as the Challengers outscored the Bulldogs 42-28 after the break to pull away late.

“We forced 11 steals in the second half, and it was pretty even between our guys,” Morse said.

Challengers senior point guard Cody Reece finished with 11 points and seven assists, many of them going to Maurer in the post. Sophomore guard Cannon Anderson also hit double figures, scoring all 12 of his points in the second half.

Nyssa junior Orin Stipe finished with 17 points for the Bulldogs.

Cascade Christian will next face Regis in a winner’s bracket game at 1:30 p.m. today.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (73): Reece 11, Anderson 12, Wallace 5, P. Maurer 2, Hess 3, Hoffman 0, A. Maurer 36, Bryant 4, Nering 0, Goldade 0. Totals: 26 15-21 73.

NYSSA (55): Ramirez 1, Stipe 17, Melendez 4, Fuentes 0, Zuniga 0, Bueno 0, Enders 9, Flores 8, Fales 0, Iniguez 0, Kausler 11, Sanders 0, Vela 5. Totals: 21 7-19 55.

Cascade Christian15162121— 73

Nyssa6211315— 55

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 6 (Reece 1, Anderson 2, Hess 1, A. Maurer 2), Nyssa 6 (Stipe 2, Flores 1, Kausler 2, Vela 1). Fouled out — Stipe.

BROOKINGS-HARBOR 62, PHOENIX 48: At Brookings, the Brookings-Harbor tandem of Brad Russell and Josh Serna proved to be too much for Phoenix in the road loss.

Russell, a 6-foot-7 senior center, scored 19 of his game-high 28 points in the second half, while Serna, a junior guard, added 17 points to lead the Bruins (7-4) offensively.

Phoenix (4-5) made 10 3-pointers, with Julius Bolstad hitting three of them on his way to a team-high 13 points.

Robin Trenbeath and Jack Monroe each finished with 10 points for the Pirates, who next host Ashland at 3 p.m. today.

PHOENIX (48): Monroe 10, Stubbs 0, Selden 0, Valadez 0, Trenbeath 10, Crump 0, Harper 7, Ayala-Talbott 5, Bolstad 13, Ponce 0, White 3. Totals: 18 2-7 48.

BROOKINGS-HARBOR (62): Christensen 3, Beaman 6, Green 0, Harms 2, Ev. Orman 2, Et. Orman 3, Dietrich 1, Serna 17, Russell 28, Cortez 0. Totals: 23 16-28 62.

Phoenix12121212— 48

Brookings-Harbor12162014— 62

3-point goals — Phoenix 10 (Monroe 2, Trenbeath 2, Harper 1, Bolstad 3, White 1).

Girls

GERVAIS 49, NORTH MEDFORD 32: At Salem, North Medford dug itself a 23-0 hole in the opening quarter and fell to Class 2A Gervais in the opening round of the Crusader Classic New Year’s Invitational at Salem Academy.

Freshman wing Caileigh Raines scored nine points to go with seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and four blocks for North (4-4), which saw its three-game winning streak snapped.

Fellow freshman Olivia Boger had six points and five rebounds, while senior Kira Pyka also had five rebounds.

North will next face Umatilla at 3 p.m. today in a consolation bracket contest.

GERVAIS (49): I. Boyd 16. O. Boyd 9, Sellers 8, Schultz 7, Contreras 5, Perez 2, Villegas 2, Morales 0, Mendosa 0. Totals: 15 16-22 49.

NORTH MEDFORD (32): Raines 9, Gallery 6, Boger 6, McNamee 4, Jackson 4, Stevens 3, Patel 0, Miller 0, Pyka 0, Lane 0, Harris 0. Totals: 12 7-16 32.

Gervais238612— 49

North Medford081212— 32

3-point goals — Gervais 3 (Sellers 2, Contreras 1), North Medford 1 (Gallery 1). Technical foul — Gallery.

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