BOYS BASKETBALL: No. 6 EP falls prey to Morgan, Lancers
EAGLE POINT — Coming off of a big win against Midwestern League rival Crater, the sixth-ranked Eagle Point boys basketball team knew what to expect going up against No. 4 Churchill on Friday in a battle of the league’s two unbeaten teams.
The Eagles, however, still didn’t have an answer for one of the state’s top players in Samaje Morgan, who went off for 35 points for the Lancers and halted Eagle Point’s 12-game winning streak with a 68-51 triumph at Eagle Point High School.
“He’s one of the best players in the state,” Eagle Point coach Ryan Marrs said of Morgan. “He’s a tough kid and just a good basketball player. He attacks the rim and is a good ballhandler. He caused us a lot of trouble and was tough to cover on defense.”
Morgan began to assert himself in the second quarter, where the Lancers (12-4, 7-0 MWL) grabbed a 36-27 halftime advantage over the Eagles (13-2, 6-1).
“Samaje (Morgan) started going to the hoop and setting up his teammates and we didn’t rebound that well in that quarter,” Marrs said. “However, we kept it close and we knew it was going to be a dogfight until the end. (Churchill) played very well and we just weren’t tough enough mentally tonight.”
The Eagles made up some ground in the third quarter and were in the thick of the game in the fourth quarter until there was about four minutes left, when Churchill was able to pull away and close out the win.
“They’ve been very good for a long time so we knew we were going to have a tough time,” Marrs said of Churchill. “We had too many times where our emotions got the best of us but we still have a lot of opportunities to do some good things this season, but it was a tough loss.”
Senior Brennen Neyt provided the Eagles with 19 points, Tommy Johnson went for 12 points and seven rebounds and Alejandro Redondo chipped in eight points.
The girls basketball game between the two schools was canceled Friday afternoon, with a makeup date still to be determined, due to illnesses within the Eagle Point program.
CHURCHILL (68): Lee 0, Jensen 3, Weiskind 15, Thompson 0, Montgomery 0, Forsyth 4, Case 0, Morgan 35, Luna 9, Pennington 2. Totals: 23 18-22 68.
EAGLE POINT (51): Quintero 2, Smith 3, Dutton 3, Neyt 19, Carlton 0, Johnson 12, McGuire 4, Redondo 8. Totals: 17 12-18 51.
Eagle Point13141311— 51
3-point goals — Churchill 4 (Jensen 1, Weiskind 2, Morgan 1), Eagle Point 5 (Smith 1, Dutton 1, Neyt 1, McGuire 1, Redondo 1). Fouled out — Pennington. Technical foul — Dutton, Morgan, Weiskind.
ASHLAND 58, NORTH BEND 34: At Ashland, senior Hawthorn Lapierre scored a game-high 23 points to lead Ashland to a Midwestern League win in the Grizzlies’ return to the court following a 24-day COVID-19 pause.
Junior guard Izzy Golden added 13 points for the Grizzlies (5-5, 2-1 MWL), who used a 22-5 fourth quarter to pull away for the win. Golden finished with three of Ashland’s seven 3-pointers against North Bend (2-15, 0-8).
Jason Padgett was the lone Bulldog to score in double figures with 10 points.
The game was played in front of no spectators due to COVID-19 restrictions put in place by the Ashland School District.
NORTH BEND (34): Jones 8, Forester 2, Padgett 10, Rinderele 6, Flores 5, Wirth 0, Borras 3. Totals: 15 0-0 34.
ASHLAND (58): Stowasser 3, Lapierre 23, Golden 13, Wright 3, Lehnerz 2, Barnes 6, Shields 6. Totals: 22 5-9 58 .
North Bend613105— 34
3-point goals — North Bend 4 (Padgett 2, Flores 1, Borras 1), Ashland 7 (Stowasser 1, Golden 3, Wright 1, Barnes 2).
JV result — Ashland won.
PHOENIX 58, NORTH VALLEY 54, OT: At Phoenix, junior Isaiah Talbott knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in crunch time to help Phoenix take down North Valley in overtime for its first Skyline Conference win.
Talbott hit a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter and another in overtime to give the Pirates (6-10, 1-2 Skyline) the edge.
Miguel Valadez provided the Pirates with a steady effort to subdue a scrappy North Valley (0-14, 0-2) squad.