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BOYS BASKETBALL: Price is right as Crater tops Springfield

Senior Logan Price nets 29 to lead seventh-ranked Comets over Millers

CENTRAL POINT — Once all the dust had settled Friday night, Crater boys basketball coach Brian Broaddus knew senior Logan Price had played a good game.

He just didn’t know how big of a game.

The 6-foot-3 wing played his most aggressive and efficient game of his Comet career, scoring 29 points to pave the way for seventh-ranked Crater to subdue Springfield for a 63-48 home victory.

“He was very efficient,” Broaddus said of Price’s outing. “I think he was like 14-for-16 shooting and he wasn’t forcing anything. After the game I figured he had maybe 18 points or something, I had no idea he had that many. It was a quiet 29, but that’s just because it was all taking what they were giving.”

Broaddus said the plan for Friday was always to go through Price inside due to his perceived advantage in the paint, and he surely delivered in the Midwestern League win.

Price scored six of Crater’s 11 points in the first quarter and doubled his total with a key buzzer-beater that allowed the Comets (16-5, 8-4 MWL) to go into halftime knotted at 27-all with Springfield (3-16, 2-9).

“It was huge,” Broaddus said of Price’s last-second floater following a steal by Caden Lasater. “We weren’t playing well, we didn’t have energy and the pace of the game was slow — we wanted it to be fast.

“It just felt like here we go again where we’re down and going to have to fight and get back, so that was a really nice boost and shot in the arm there to close the half on a positive note and go into the half with a little spark.”

Springfield stuck around for the third quarter but Kadin Price’s layup at the buzzer put Crater up 44-39 heading into the final frame, and the Comets used a quick surge on baskets by Javon Smith, Tate Broesder and, of course, Logan Price to build a comfortable advantage at 54-44 with 5 1/2 minutes to play.

Broesder finished with 18 points to complement Logan Price during his breakthrough performance.

“It was really nice to see Logan play that way because he’s always had that potential,” Broaddus said. “He’s a very athletic kid but is kind of quiet and just has kind of deferred to a lot of the other guys that kind of have a louder personality, so maybe this will get him going.”

Anthony Hill scored 14 points to lead the Millers, who had the Comets on their heels a little until they caught fire in the second half.

‘This league, in college it’s like we’re in the ACC,” Broaddus said. “This league is no doubt the toughest 5A league top to bottom in the state. Anybody can beat anybody on any night. It’s a tough gauntlet so we just keep grinding it out.”

SPRINGFIELD (48): Johnson 3, Vega 5, Kapihe 8, Napier 2, Hill 14, Navarrete 3, Lemley 0, Peterson 0, Evans 6, Colter 7. Totals: 19 4-8 48.

CRATER (63): Acrey 0, Lasater 5, Vranes 3, Smith 6, L. Price 29, Idiart 0, K. Price 2, Broesder 18. Totals: 28 3-8 63.

Springfield1215129— 48

Crater11161719— 63

3-point goals — Springfield 6 (Johnson 1, Vega 1, Kapihe 1, Hill 1, Navarrete 1, Colter 1), Crater (Lasater 1, Broesder 3).

JV result — Crater won

SOUTH MEDFORD 64, ROSEBURG 29: At Roseburg, No. 5-ranked South Medford locked down Roseburg on defense, limiting the host Indians to six points or less in the opening three quarters, in the Southwest Conference rout.

Boden Howell had 17 points, Devon Malcolm added 14 and Junior Sleezer finished with 13 for the Panthers (16-2, 6-0 SWC).

Jackson Weiland scored all nine of his points in the first half as South built a 25-11 cushion.

Hunter Fullerton had nine points for Roseburg (6-12, 3-4).

SOUTH MEDFORD (64): Weiland 9, Hall 3, Sleezer 13, Daniel 0, Howell 17, Adee 0, Adams 2, Bloodsaw 0, Clayborne 4, Espinosa 2, Malcolm 14. Totals: 25 6-11 64.

ROSEBURG (29): Mendoza 4, Stedman 0, Wilder 0, Pike 0, Oja 0, Williams 6, Olson 6, Fullerton 9, Bentea 3, Cleary 0, Six 1. Totals: 10 2-9 29.

South Medford12131821— 64

Roseburg56612— 29

3-point goals — South Medford 8 (Weiland 3, Hall 1, Sleezer 2, Howell 2), Roseburg 7 (Williams 2, Olson 1, Fullerton 3, Bentea 1). JV result — South Medford won.

CHURCHILL 60, ASHLAND 46: At Ashland, Ashland hung tough with the Midwestern League’s lone undefeated team until the final two minutes of the fourth quarter as No. 4-ranked Churchill was able to fend off the Grizzlies.

Ashland (8-7, 5-3 MWL) trailed the Lancers 41-36 heading into the fourth, and closed to within two points before missed back-to-back 3-pointers were answered by consecutive treys by Churchill (14-4, 9-0) in the final minutes.

Hawthorn Lapierre scored all 10 of the Grizzlies’ fourth-quarter points and finished with 21, while Toby Barnes chipped in nine points.

CHURCHILL (60): Jensen 8, Weiskind 2, Thompson 2, Montgomery 6, Forsyth 7, Case 12, Morgan 17, Luna 6, Le 0, Carson 0. Totals: 26 2-2 60.

ASHLAND (46): Lapierre 21, Golden 7, Thompson 2, Barnes 9, Shields 7, Lehnerz 0, Stowasser 0, Wright 0. Totals: 12 16-19 46.

Churchill1616919— 60

Ashland1513810— 46

3-point goals — Churchill 6 (Jensen 2, Montgomery 2, Morgan 1, Forsyth 1), Ashland 4 (Golden 2, Barnes 2). Fouled out — Lapierre.

EAGLE POINT 59, NORTH BEND 33: At North Bend, No. 5-ranked Eagle Point got off to a slow start but outscored North Bend 21-6 in the third quarter and established control for the Midwestern League win.

Alejandro Redondo paced the Eagles (16-2, 9-1 MWL) with 14 points and Tommy Johnson provided 10 points.

Peyton Forester led North Bend (2-19, 0-12) with 15 points.

EAGLE POINT (59): Quintero 7, Smith 8, Dutton 0, Pierce 3, Neyt 6, Carlton 2, Johnson 10, McGuire 7, Redondo 14, Weaver 2. Totals: 18 17-21 59.

NORTH BEND (33): Jones 2, Forester 15, Padgett 1, Nelson 0, Edera 0, Roberts 2, Rinderele 0, Wicks 0, Jackson 0, Flores 10, Wirth 0, Justice 0, Borras 3. Totals: 14 1-4 33.

Eagle Point11142113— 59

North Bend9969— 33

3-point goals — Eagle Point 6 (Quintero 1, McGuire 2, Redondo 3), North Bend 4 (Forester 1, Flores 2, Borras 1).

JV result — Eagle Point won.

PHOENIX 59, KLAMATH UNION 56: At Phoenix, Robin Trenbeath knocked down two free throws in the waning seconds to build the final cushion as Phoenix held on for the Skyline Conference victory.

Dylan Harper poured in 21 points and Miguel Valadez added 11 for the Pirates (8-12, 3-4 Skyline).

Silas Dutra led Klamath Union (9-8, 4-3) with 12 points.

KLAMATH UNION (56): Merhoff 3, Ortiz 11, Zumwalt 1, Macias 8, Mattheney 2, Dutra 12, Gutierrez 3, Alexander 11, Anderson 5. Totals: 20 12-18 56.

PHOENIX (59): Brown 3, Monroe 2, Stubbs 0, Je. Selden 2, Ja. Selden 5, Valadez 11, Trenbeath 9, Crump 3, Harper 21, Talbott 3, Bolstad 1. Totals: 17 20-26 59.

Klamath Union1910918— 56

Phoenix12131420— 59

3-point goals — Klamath Union 4 (Dutra 2, Macias 1, Anderson 1), Phoenix 6 (Brown 1, Ja. Selden 1, Trenbeath 1, Crump 1, Harper 1, Talbott 1). Fouled out — Alexander, Stubbs. Technical foul — Stubbs.

DOUGLAS 74, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 66: Cascade Christian sophomore Austin Maurer scored a school-record 41 points, but the second-ranked Challengers suffered their first Far West League loss.

Douglas, which held leads in every quarter, outscored Cascade Christian 24-14 in the fourth quarter to pull away for the upset.

The 6-foot-10 Maurer broke the 39-year school record which was a three-way tie with his coach Brian Morse in 1983, Austin’s father Marty Maurer in 1996 and Josh Heidegger in 2005.

Maurer shot 17-for-25 from the field and had seven rebounds and six blocks and senior Cody Reece added 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals for the Challengers (15-5, 6-1 FWL) before fouling out late in the game.

Jace Page scored 27 points and Kahiki Nielsen had 20 to lead Douglas (10-8, 4-4).

DOUGLAS (74): Dunstan 4, Metianu 8, West 3, Nielsen 20, Kelly 10, Rincon 2, Page 27. Totals: 29 15-22 74.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (66): Reece 13, Wallace 4, P. Maurer 5, Hess 3, A. Maurer 41, Nering 0, Westlake 0, Richardson 0. Totals: 25 14-20 66.

Douglas14221424— 74

Cascade Christian19141914— 66

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

ST. MARY’S 59, SOUTH UMPQUA 42: Travis Johnson led three St. Mary’s players in double figures with 13 points and the Crusaders used a 17-8 first quarter to separate for the Far West League home win.

Noah Friesen added 11 points and Jaden Foster scored 10 for St. Mary’s (9-10, 5-3 FWL).

Jace Johnson scored 11 points for South Umpqua (10-7, 3-5).

SOUTH UMPQUA (42): K. Johnson 7, Briggs 5, Lam 0, Burnett 4, Cole 0, Real 2, Eastridge 6, Gosselin 0, J. Johnson 11, Stevenson 6, Jenks 0. Totals: 17 3-5 42.

ST. MARY’S (59): Friesen 11, Kranenburg 0, Walker 7, Haynes 6, Delplanche 4, Hensman 0, Patel 8, Foster 10, Johnson 13. Totals: 21 15-19 59.

South Umpqua811716— 42

St. Mary’s17101814— 59

3-point goals — South Umpqua 5 (J. Johnson 3, K. Johnson 2), St. Mary’s 2 (Johnson 2).

TRINITY LUTHERAN 62, PROSPECT 49: At Prospect, Theo James had 19 points and 18 rebounds and Andrew Hammer added 12 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out for Prospect in the Mountain Valley League loss.

Boden Perkins added 13 points and four assists and Parker Davis pulled in eight rebounds for the Cougars (11-9, 6-7 MVL), who trimmed their deficit from 15 points to only two in the fourth quarter but couldn’t get over the hump.

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