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Late surge carries Grizzlies past No. 8 Vikings

Adam Pavlich's steal and layup with one minute remaining gave Ashland the lead for good and the Grizzlies scored the game's final seven points to upset Southern Sky Conference champion Mazama 57-53 in the regular-season finale for both boys basketball teams on Thursday night.

Charlie Sebrell led all scorers with 15 points and Jordan Resch scored 11 of his 13 in the second half for Ashland (15-10, 8-4 SSC), which stretched its winning streak to a season-high four games. Ashland was the only team to beat the Vikings (18-7, 10-2) in SSC play this season and turned the trick twice on the Vikings' home court.

The game was tied on nine different occasions, the last at 50-all on a Sebrell layup with 2:35 remaining. But Danny Saltenberger made a free throw and Daniel Mathis hit a short shot in the lane to give the Vikings a 53-50 lead with 1:33 remaining.

Undeterred, Ashland came back within one on a pair of free throws by Resch with 1:12 left. The Grizzlies then trapped Mathis in the backcourt and he threw the ball away, with Pavlich making the steal and getting an uncontested layup for a 54-53 lead.

After SSC Player of the Year Jordan Rose missed two free throws and Drew Milsap missed a shot, Jamie Amhrein made one free throw to extend the lead to 55-53.

Charles Swann missed a potential game-tying jumper from the baseline, then lost an inbounds pass before Pavlich sank two final free throws to ice the game.

Rose led the Vikings with 12 points, while Mathis and Milsap each scored 10. Ashland made 7 of 8 free throws in the fourth quarter, while Mazama made just 2 of 9, including missing the front end of three 1-and-1s.

Ashland will open the Class 5A state playoffs on Wednesday with a first-round game against The Dalles-Wahtonka at the Ashland Middle School Gymnasium. Mazama has a first-round bye and will host either Sherwood or North Eugene in a second-round game on March 7.

ASHLAND (57) — C. Sebrell 15, Costantino 2, Pavlich 9, Tygerson 9, Amrhein 3, Resch 13, Haggard 6, Kendall 0. Totals: 18 15-22 57.

MAZAMA (53) — Mathis 12, Rose 12, Swann 4, Saltenberger 7, Jackson 4, Mawson 6, Millsap 8. Totals: 22 9-18 53.

Ashland 8 16 16 17 — 57

Mazama 13 14 16 10 — 53

3-point goals — Ashland 4 (Sebrell 2, Pavlich 1, Tygerson 1).

College Softball

The Southern Oregon softball team committed nine errors as Concordia (Calif.) swept the Raiders 14-3 and 7-1 today at U.S. Cellular Community Park in Medford.

Concordia, which received votes in the preseason Top 25 poll, improved to 14-4 with the victories. Southern Oregon fell to 1-3.

Both teams will take part in the SOU Raider Invitational today and Saturday in Medford. SOU will also host Simpson on Sunday in Medford.

The two teams looked like they were ready for a pitchers' dual in the opener. An RBI double by freshman pitcher Jordyn Kurtz tied the game at 1-1 after the first inning and Concordia led 2-1 before blowing open the game in the third inning.

A pair of SOU errors led to a three-run home run and the Eagles added a two-run shot en route to six runs in the frame and an 8-1 lead after three innings.

The Eagles added three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings and claimed a 10-run-rule shorten victory after five innings.

Strohm Fouty and Ricci Coultas both had two hits for the Raiders in the opener.

The Raiders jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the nightcap, scoring in the first as Fouty singled, stole second, advanced to third on a fielders choice and scored on Kathryn Moy's ground out.

Concordia answered in the third and it was tied until Concordia exploded again in the fifth inning.

With one out, the Eagles came alive with a rally started by an error. A second error scored a run and put two runners on and after it was all said and done the Eagles had put a five spot on the scoreboard and led 6-1 after five.

Concordia added one run in the sixth.

Fouty had two of SOU's three hits in the second game.

Kurtz took the loss in both games for the Raiders and is now 1-3 on the season.