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BOYS BASKETBALL: Crater falls to Churchill in top-5 clash

EUGENE — In a battle of two unbeaten teams in the Midwestern League, the Crater boys basketball team’s early miscues created an uphill battle right out of the gates at Churchill High School on Friday.

The Comets, however, recovered by cutting Churchill’s lead to one point in the fourth quarter but the Lancers responded with a 10-2 run and were able to ward off the Comets’ second-half surge with a 62-46 victory.

The loss halted No. 4-ranked Crater’s 10-game winning streak.

“We picked the wrong game and wrong opponent to play one of our tougher games,” Crater coach Brian Broaddus said. “We had so many more turnovers than usual, many unforced. We didn’t shoot it well either. (Churchill is) a good team and they’re not going to beat themselves. You have to be on your A-game. We have to regroup and get back at it on Monday.”

Crater (13-2, 5-1 MWL) fell behind early after turnovers on four of its first five possessions, and turned the ball over 10 times in the first half, allowing the fifth-ranked Lancers (10-4, 5-0) to build a 24-18 halftime lead.

The Comets were able to clean up their mistakes in the second half and went on a 9-0 run over a stretch that spanned from the end of the third quarter into the fourth where they sliced the Lancers’ lead to 40-39 with about 6 1/2 minutes remaining before Churchill regained control with the big run.

Tate Broesder led three Comets in double figures with 14 points, with Colton Vranes dropping in 12 points and Caden Lasater 10.

The Lancers received 19 points from Samaje Morgan and 13 from Evan Thompson.

CRATER (46): Acrey 2, Lasater 10, Vranes 12, Smith 0, L. Price 8, Idiart 0, K. Price 0, Broesder 14. Totals: 14 12-17 46.

CHURCHILL (62): Jensen 5, Weiskind 6, Thompson 13, Montgomery 0, Forsyth 12, Case 2, Morgan 19, Luna 0, Pennington 5, Carson 0. Totals: 23 9-14 62.

Crater7111315— 46

Churchill12121325— 62

3-point goals — Crater 6 (Lasater 2, Vranes 2, Broesder 2), Churchill (Jensen 1, Thompson 3, Forsyth 3).

EAGLE POINT 46, NORTH EUGENE 43: At Eugene, Eagle Point lacked its overall typical energy but it didn’t cost the Eagles as they earned their 11th straight victory despite their second-lowest scoring output of the season.

Alejandro Redondo scored 14 points and Adan Quintero added nine for Eagle Point in the Midwestern League win. Tommy Johnson had eight points and Brennen Neyt finished with seven for the Eagles (12-1, 5-0 MWL).

North Eugene (4-8, 1-4) had a chance to tie in the waning seconds, but missed on a 3-point attempt. Devon Anderson scored 12 points to pace the Highlanders.

EAGLE POINT (46): Quintero 9, Smith 4, Dutton 0, Pierce 2, Neyt 7, Carlton 0, Johnson 8, McGuire 2, Redondo 14, Uribe 0. Totals: 15 14-22 46.

NORTH EUGENE (43): Anderson 12, Banry 9, Dietz 0, Stevens 8, Spencer 1, McKinnis 5, Gould 0, Vaughn 8, Kitzhaber 0. Totals: 15 7-11 43.

Eagle Point148168— 46

North Eugene1010915— 43

3-point goals — Eagle Point 2 (Redondo 2), North Eugene 6 (Anderson 1, Banry 1, Stevens 1, McKinnis 1, Vaughn 2).

KLAMATH UNION 86, PHOENIX 78: At Klamath Falls, Phoenix trailed by three points heading into the fourth quarter, but Klamath Union exploded for 32 points in the final period to secure the win to open Skyline Conference play.

Phoenix senior Miguel Valadez scored a team-high 30 points and hit five 3-pointers in the loss. Junior center Julius Bolstad added 17, while fellow junior Isaiah Ayala-Talbott chipped in 16 points and hit four 3-pointers of his own.

Klamath Union’s Pablo Macias scored 19 of his 28 points in the second half and hit seven of the Pelicans’ nine 3-pointers.

PHOENIX (78): Valadez 30, Trenbeath 6, Harper 2, Monroe 4, Bolstad 17, Ayala-Talbott 16, White 0, Brown 0. Totals: 33 11-18 78.

KLAMATH UNION (86): Ortiz 11, Zumwalt 16, Macias 28, Gutierrez 3, Watah 15, Alexander 14, Batista 0. Totals: 34 10-21 86.

Phoenix13222221— 78

Klamath Union16221632— 86

3-point goals — Phoenix 11 (Valadez 5, Ayala-Talbott 4, Trenbeath 2), Klamath Union 9 (Macias 7, Zumwalt 1, Watah 1). Fouled out — Ayala-Talbott.

JV result — Klamath Union won.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 66, DOUGLAS 47: At Winston, Cascade Christian senior point guard Cody Reece had a solid all-around game with 24 points, four assists and five rebounds in the Far West League victory.

Sophomore Austin Maurer dominated inside with 26 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks for the third-ranked Challengers (10-4, 2-0 FWL), who broke the game open with an 18-7 edge in the third quarter.

Jace Page scored 16 points to pace Douglas (7-5, 1-1).

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (66): Reece 24, Anderson 2, Hess 1, Hoffman 2, A. Maurer 26, Nering 9, Goldade 0, Westlake 2, Kleker 0. Totals: 25 14-27 66.

DOUGLAS (47): Metianu 4, West 0, Manuel 2, Nielsen 10, Kelly 10, Ledbetter 5, Rincon 0, Page 16, Jones 0, Stiles 0, O’Toole 0. Totals: 19 5-12 47.

Cascade Christian16131819— 66

Douglas1411715— 47

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 2 (Reece 1, A. Maurer 1), Douglas 4 (Nielsen 2, Kelly 2). Fouled out — Kelly.

SOUTH UMPQUA 70, ST. MARY’S 60: At Myrtle Creek, Kayden Walker poured in 20 points for St. Mary’s but host South Umpqua was able to rally in the second half.

The Crusaders (4-9, 0-2 Far West League) used a big second quarter to take a 36-29 halftime edge, but behind Kade Johnson’s game-high 31 points, the Lancers (9-2, 2-0) outscored St. Mary’s 41-24 in the second half.

Travis Johnson added 10 points for the Crusaders.

ST. MARY’S (60): Friesen 8, Walker 20, Haines 8, Delplanche 5, Patel 9, Foster 5, Johnson 10. Totals: 20 11-15 60.

SOUTH UMPQUA (70): K. Johnson 31, Briggs 6, Lamm 3, Burnett 3, Cole 0, Real 0, Eastridge 3, Gosselin 0, J. Johnson 15, Stevenson 8. Totals: 24 15-26 70.

St. Mary’s15211113— 60

South Umpqua2181922— 70

3-point goals — St. Mary’s 9 (Friesen 2, Walker 2, Haines 2, Johnson 2, Delplanche 1), South Umpqua 7 (K. Johnson 5, J. Johnson 2). Fouled out — Friesen.

PROSPECT 55, MILO ADVENTIST ACADEMY 24: At Days Creek, Prospect junior Boden Perkins paved the way with 22 points, four assists and two steals as the Cougars built an early lead in the runaway nonleague win.

Theo James added 13 points, eight rebounds and two steals, while Parker Davis had eight points, five rebounds and two steals and Andrew Hammer had six points and five rebounds for Prospect (6-6).

The Cougars led 16-0 after one quarter and 38-3 by halftime against Milo Adventist (0-7).