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BOYS BASKETBALL: No. 2 Lancers edge Eagle Point

EUGENE — Knowing just how tough his team’s recent stretch of games have been, Eagle Point head coach Ryan Marrs was hoping the Eagles’ early-season mindset would return before it was too late.

That happened Tuesday night, but the top dog in the Midwestern League proved to be just a little too tough to beat.

Eagle Point’s Triston McGuire missed a 3-pointer as time expired that would have sent the game into overtime, as the seventh-ranked Eagles fell 56-53 in a nail-biter to MWL regular-season champion and No. 2-ranked Churchill.

“I think our team got back to the attitude of having a chip on our shoulders,” said Marrs. “It was nice to see that come back because that was carrying them through the earlier part of the season and I think this game will set us up nicely for the next three games coming up.”

Trailing by six with less than a minute to go, Eagle Point’s Adan Quintero drilled a 3-pointer to cut Churchill’s lead in half. After the Lancers (19-4, 14-0 MWL) missed the front end of a 1-and-1, the Eagles (16-5, 9-4) were able to get the ball back.

After a timeout, Marrs’ original play didn’t materialize but still opened up a good look for McGuire, who could only draw iron.

“In the second half, we fought extremely hard,” said Marrs. “The whole goal was to keep it tight, not let (Churchill) get on any runs. The last minute or two of the game, we weren’t settling for anything and we moved the ball really well.”

Brennen Neyt scored a game-high 21 points to lead Eagle Point, which outscored Churchill 31-25 in the second half. Tommy Johnson added 13 points while McGuire chipped in nine.

Churchill’s Samaje Morgan — who scored 35 points in the two teams’ first meeting on Jan. 28, a 68-51 Lancers win — and Ty Weiskind each finished with 16 points.

“It’s a loss in the column, but I felt like it was a win for our team in terms of morale,” said Marrs. “The last couple of weeks have been tough for us, and just the way we competed against the best team in the conference was good to see. The boys fought hard all game long and the lead never got into double digits.”

EAGLE POINT (53): Quintero 3, Smith 0, Dutton 0, Pierce 4, Neyt 21, Johnson 13, McGuire 9, Redondo 3. Totals: 19 8-15 53.

CHURCHILL (56): Le 0, Jensen 0, Weiskind 16, Thompson 3, Montgomery 0, Forsyth 9, Case 6, Morgan 16, Luna 2, Pennington 4, Carson 0. Totals: 19 12-16 56.

Eagle Point11111417— 53

Churchill19121015— 56

3-point goals — Eagle Point 4 (Quintero 1, Neyt 2, Johnson 1), Churchill 6 (Weiskind 2, Forsyth 3, Morgan 1).

CRATER 54, WILLAMETTE 39: At Eugene, seniors Logan Price and Javon Smith combined for 33 points to lead sixth-ranked Crater to the Midwestern League road win.

Price finished with 17 points while Smith had 16 to lead the Comets (18-5, 10-4 MWL), who lost 67-66 to the Wolverines on Jan. 28.

Crater seniors Tate Broesder and Colton Vranes each chipped in seven points.

Crater, which led 31-19 at halftime, held a 19-6 advantage in free throws attempted, with the Comets making all but three of those shots from the charity stripe.

Parker Bracy led Willamette (11-10, 7-8) with 13 points.

CRATER (54): Acrey 0, Lasater 4, Vranes 7, Smith 16, L. Price 17, Idiart 0, Dutkiewicz 0, Grant 1, K. Price 2, Higginson 0, Broesder 7. Totals: 17 16-19 54.

WILLAMETTE (39): Lesane 5, Thatcher 3, Bracy 13, Hemphill 1, Brooks 2, Lin 1, Sandow 0, O’Roy 5, Owens 0, Smisek 0, Stavros 3, Small 4, Long 0, Prescott 2. Totals: 15 3-6 39.

Crater14171013— 54

Willamette109911— 39

3-point goals — Crater 4 (Vranes 1, Smith 2, Broesder 1), Willamette 6 (Lesane 1, Thatcher 1, Bracy 3, Stavros 1). Fouled out — Lesane. Technical foul — Lesane, Hemphill.

THURSTON 60, ASHLAND 55: At Ashland, Ashland couldn’t hold onto a 10-point fourth-quarter lead, as visiting Thurston roared back to claim the Midwestern League win.

Thurston (7-15, 5-9 MWL) outscored Ashland 22-12 in the decisive fourth quarter, taking advantage of a handful of costly turnovers by the eighth-ranked Grizzlies (12-9, 9-5).

Hawthorn Lapierre led the Grizzlies with 16 points, while Izzy Golden finished with 11 and hit three of Ashland’s 10 3-pointers.

Jacob Newell scored 24 points for Thurston, which had lost six of its previous seven games.

THURSTON (60): Burkhead 2, Stutesman 6, Bonar 3, Humphries 0, Gallop 0, Stiffler 4, Molony 15, James 6, Newell 24. Totals: 21 13-18 60.

ASHLAND (55): Stowasser 9, Lapierre 16, Golden 11, Wright 2, Thompson 3, Lehnerz 7, Barnes 7. Totals: 19 6-9 55.

Thurston13131222— 60

Ashland16151212— 55

3-point goals — Thurston 4 (Bonar 1, Molony 1, James 1, Newell 1), Ashland 10 (Stowasser 2, Lapierre 1, Golden 3, Thompson 1, Lehnerz 2, Barnes 1). Fouled out — Lapierre. Technical foul — Lapierre.

JV result —Thurston won.

HENLEY 43, PHOENIX 39: At Phoenix, Miguel Valadez scored 16 points but Phoenix was unable to pull off the upset of Skyline Conference champion and ninth-ranked Henley in the regular-season finale for both schools.

Phoenix (10-13, 5-5 Skyline), which trailed 22-17 at the half, also got 12 points from Dylan Harper.

Austin Fitts finished with 14 points to lead Henley (17-5, 10-0).

HENLEY (43): Frank 4, E. Hayes 8, Suty 4, Cheyne 10, Bennett 3, Fitts 14, A. Hayes 0, Harper 0. Totals: 14 12-17 43.

PHOENIX (39): Brown 0, Monroe 0, Stubbs 2, Je. Selden 2, Ja. Selden 2, Valadez 16, Trenbeath 3, Harper 12, Ayala-Talbott 0, Bolstad 2. Totals: 17 3-12 39.

Henley913912— 43

Phoenix89913— 39

3-point goals — Henley 3 (E. Hayes 1, Suty 1, Bennett 1).

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