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BOYS BASKETBALL: Comets catch fire, topple Lancers

CENTRAL POINT — Things couldn’t have started any worse for the Crater boys basketball team Friday night.

But the sign of a good team is how they respond, and the Comets most certainly did that.

Digging itself an early nine-point hole, No. 6-ranked Crater roared back to claim a 61-57 win over third-ranked and Midwestern League regular-season champion Churchill, snapping the Lancers’ 10-game winning streak and handing them their first league loss this season.

It was a little bit of retribution for the Comets (19-5, 11-4 MWL), who had their own 10-game winning streak snapped by the Lancers in Eugene on Jan. 21.

“The thing I was proud of was the resiliency,” said Crater head coach Brian Broaddus. “We were literally about to get blown out of the gym and it could have gone bad real fast. I had to burn a couple (of timeouts) early and get them composed and back on track — and they did.”

“We’ve been pretty good on the road,” continued Broaddus, “but we haven’t played well and shot well at home this season. To do it against the league champ at this point of the season is awesome because you want to be peaking right now.”

The Comets were able to right the ship in a hurry after trailing 14-5 early on.

Caden Lasater scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half, including a trio of second-quarter 3-pointers to help Crater take the lead for the first time all night.

Crater doubled up Churchill (19-5, 14-1) in the second quarter, outscoring the Lancers 22-11.

After it was 14-5, Crater outscored Churchill 31-14 the rest of the first half to take a 36-28 lead going into the break.

Lasater finished with four of the Comets’ eight treys, while fellow senior Tate Broesder scored a team-high 16 points. Javon Smith, another senior, chipped in 13 points.

A big key to the Comets’ success was containing Lancers standout senior guard Samaje Morgan, who scored just nine points Friday night.

Matthew Forsyth scored 19 points to lead Churchill, while Ty Weiskind and Carsen Luna had 10 apiece.

“Our key was Samaje Morgan,” said Broaddus. “He’s going to be player of the year in the league, so we said we’re not going to let him beat us and we doubled him early and tried to make him cough it up. To their credit, they had other guys step up and hit 3s, but we did hold him to nine and I think that’s his lowest of the season.”

CHURCHILL (57): Weiskind 10, Thompson 3, Montgomery 4, Forsyth 19, Case 2, Morgan 9, Luna 10, Pennington 0, Carson 0. Totals: 20 6-11 57.

CRATER (61): Acrey 2, Lasater 15, Vranes 5, Smith 13, L. Price 6, Idiart 0, C. Price 4, Broesder 16. Totals: 20 13-18 61.

Churchill17111217— 57

Crater1422718— 61

3-point goals — Churchill 11 (Weiskind 2, Thompson 1, Montgomery 1, Forsyth 3, Morgan 1, Luna 3), Crater 8 (Laster 4, Smith 1, Broesder 3). Fouled out — Montgomery.

EAGLE POINT 67, NORTH EUGENE 46: At Eagle Point, Brennen Neyt amassed a season-high 27 points and nine rebounds for No. 7 Eagle Point, which overpowered North Eugene to earn the Midwestern League win.

The senior helped the Eagles (16-5, 9-4 MWL) get off to a hot start with eight points in the first quarter before the Highlanders (10-12, 7-7) won the second quarter to cut Eagle Point’s lead to 28-25 at halftime. Neyt helped the Eagles reestablish control with a nine-point third quarter as Eagle Point bolstered its lead to 46-31 heading into the fourth.

The Eagles’ Adan Quintero chipped in eight points while Alex Smith and Tommy Johnson contributed seven points apiece.

NORTH EUGENE (46): Anderson 7, Banry 15, Dietz 0, Johannsen 0, Stevens 8, Spencer 3, McKinnis 6, Gould 0, Vaughn 2, Kitzhaber 5. Totals: 16 7-7 46.

EAGLE POINT (67): Quintero 8, Smith 7, Dutton 0, Pierce 4, Neyt 27, Johnson 7, McGuire 6, Redondo 6, Carlton 0, Uribe 2. Totals: 23 14-15 67.

North Eugene916615— 46

Eagle Point15131821— 67

3-point goals — North Eugene 6 (Anderson 1, Banry 1, Stevens 1, Spencer 1, McKinnis 2), Eagle Point 6 (Quintero 1, Smith 1, Pierce 1, Neyt 3). Fouled out — Vaughn. Technical foul — Redondo, North Eugene coach.

ASHLAND 74, SPRINGFIELD 43: At Ashland, Ashland’s offense caught fire early on, as the eighth-ranked Grizzlies rolled to a blowout win at Mountain Avenue Gym.

Senior forward Hawthorn Lapierre finished with 25 points and was one of three players to score in double figures for the Grizzlies (13-9, 10-5 MWL), who led 39-22 going into halftime.

Junior guard Izzy Golden scored 14 points and knocked down four of Ashland’s 10 3-pointers, while senior guard Toby Barnes added 11 and 6-foot-10 junior Egan Shields had eight in his return to the lineup after being in COVID-19 protocol earlier this week.

Jordan Vega scored 10 points to lead Springfield (3-21, 2-14).

SPRINGFIELD (43): Vega 10, Kapihe 3, Hill 4, Navarrete 2, Lemley 6, Peterson 2, Evans 4, Colter 3, Fuller 9. Totals: 17 1-3 43.

ASHLAND (74): Stowasser 3, Lapierre 25, Golden 14, Wright 5, Thompson 2, Lehnerz 3, McNamara 3, Barnes 11, Shields 8. Totals: 27 10-11 75.

Springfield1012813— 43

Ashland20191322— 74

3-point goals — Springfield 8 (Vega 2, Kapihe 1, Lemley 2, Fuller 3), Ashland 10 (Stowasser 1, Lapierre 1, Golden 4, Wright 1, Lehnerz 1, McNamara 1, Barnes 1). Technical foul — Vega

JV result — Ashland won.

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 77, ADRIAN 56: Junior guard David Zamudio scored 20 points to lead five players in double figures as sixth-seeded Rogue Valley Adventist advanced to the Class 1A state tournament in Baker.

The Red Tail Hawks (23-2), who led 41-24 at halftime, open play at the state tournament at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday against No. 3 South Wasco County, which beat No. 14 Mohawk 62-39.

RVA senior guard Bryce Perry finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks, while sophomore Thomas Strate had 11 rebounds, three rebounds and three assists and senior post Kyle Wilson added 11 points six rebounds and three blocks.

Junior guard Cody Mendenhall chipped in 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists for RVA.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCrater's Caden Lasater, seen here in a file photo from earlier this season, scored 15 points in the Comets’ win over Churchill on Friday night.