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PREP BASKETBALL: Crater boys clinch 2nd in MWL

CENTRAL POINT — Logan Price scored a team-high 18 points and Colton Vranes added 15 as the sixth-ranked Crater boys basketball team held off rival and seventh-ranked Eagle Point, 43-40, in the regular-season finale for both teams Tuesday night.

The Comets (20-5, 12-4) wrapped up a second-place finish in the Midwestern League with the win. Eagle Point fell 17-7 overall and 10-6 in the MWL.

Like the 5A coaches’ poll, Crater was ranked sixth and Eagle Point was seventh, putting both teams in position for first-round playoff games at home on Friday night. The sixth-seeded Comets will host No. 11 seed Corvallis at 6 p.m., while No. 7 seed Eagle Point will host 10th-seeded Hood River Valley.

The Comets led by double digits — including a 30-16 lead at halftime — until the Eagles made a third-quarter run to cut it to a one-possession game.

Crater, however, was able to hold off Eagle Point down the stretch despite the Eagles’ best efforts.

Eagle Point’s Tommy Johnson finished with a game-high 19 points, while Brennen Neyt chipped in eight.

Javon Smith added nine points for Crater, which won its fifth straight game to close out the regular season.

EAGLE POINT (40): Quintero 0, Smith 0, Dutton 3, Pierce 2, Neyt 8, Carlton 0, Johnson 19, McGuire 2, Redondo 6, Weaver 0. Totals: 17 4-5 40.

CRATER (43): Acrey 0, Lasater 1, Vranes 15, Smith 9, L. Price 18, Idiart 0, K. Price 0, Broesder 0. Totals: 13 16-25 43.

Eagle Point971113— 40

Crater131749— 43

3-point goals — Eagle Point 2 (Dutton 1, Johnson 1), Crater 1 (Smith 1). Fouled out — McGuire.

JV result — Crater won.


CRATER 62, EAGLE POINT 23: At Central Point, after a clunky first quarter, Crater turned on the jets in the second, forcing eight turnovers and establishing control in its regular season finale against Eagle Point.

The Comets (19-6, 12-4 Midwestern League) wrapped up second place in the MWL behind top-ranked Willamette.

Sixth-seeded Crater will next play host to No. 11 seed Putnam in the opening round of the Class 5A state playoffs at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Eagle Point (6-17, 3-13) concluded its season at 6-17 overall and 3-13 in MWL play.

Junior Abigail Winslow poured in 20 points and grabbed three steals while helping the Comets outscore the Eagles 23-6 in the second quarter to inflate their lead to 33-14 at halftime.

Crater seniors Kayleigh Gugliotta and McKenzie Hirsch dropped in seven points apiece. Gugliotta also had two rebounds, three assists and two steals, and Hirsch added seven rebounds.

Sophomore Rikki Baldwin led the Eagles with seven points and senior Kylie Balero chipped in five.

EAGLE POINT (23): Raber 1, Dole 4, Nielsen 3, Hanan 1, Baldwin 7, Pena 0, Munoz 0, Balero 5, McCornack 2, Lindstrom 0, Schauffler 0, Cabrera 0. Totals: 7 8-18 23.

CRATER (62): K. Gugliotta 7, Gish 2, Dippel 5, Weaver 4, Hirsch 7, S. Winslow 6, McCauley 3, A. Winslow 20, Vranes 0, A. Gugliotta 4, Traore 4, Valencia 0. Totals: 25 9-15 62.

Eagle Point8681— 23

Crater10231316— 62

3-point goals — Eagle Point 1 (Nielsen), Crater 3 (Dippel 1, McCauley 1, A. Winslow 1).

JV result — Crater won.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCrater's Colton Vranes, shown in action earlier this season, scored 15 points to help pace the Comets over Eagle Point on Tuesday.