HS Basketball: Friday night preview



There’s an opportunity for Skyline Conference boys teams to separate from one another tonight, while both Skyline girls leaders are on the road.

Klamath Union hosts Mazama in the Canal basketball game (960 the Sports Legend – approx. 7:00 PM following OIT basketball).  The Pelicans are hoping for an intimidating atmosphere with Black Out Friday, where fans are encouraged to wear black and enjoy events during halftime and in-game timeouts.

KU opened the conference season with two wins, beating Henley 46-44 last Friday and Hidden Valley 69-46 on Tuesday.  Mazama has fallen in its first two conference games to the other two undefeated Skyline teams.  The Vikings lost 73-57 last Friday to Phoenix and then 71-51 at North Valley Tuesday.

Friday’s meeting will be the third between Mazama and KU, with each team winning once during preseason tournaments.  After losing 56-51 at the Yreka Tournament, Mazama beat Klamath Union 53-51 at last month’s Basin’s Best Tournament in Klamath Falls.

Henley is at Hidden Valley seeking its first conference against the 0-2 Mustangs.  Henley has lost five of its last seven games, including Tuesday’s 69-41 loss at Phoenix.  Hidden Valley fell to North Valley 55-43 last week before losing at KU Tuesday.

No. 6 North Valley hosts  No. 4 Phoenix in the match-up of undefeated teams.

Girls Basketball

Mazama and Henley are the No. 3 and No. 5 teams in the OSAA 4A Girls Basketball Rankings with a combined 22-4 record.  Mazama is at Klamath Union tonight, while Henley goes to Hidden Valley.

Mazama’s only loss in the last 30 days was to Henley in the Basin’s Best Tournament championship game 52-39.  Since, the Vikings defeated Phoenix 59-29 and North Valley 54-23, maintaining its conference-best 55 points per game.

Klamath Union has won three of its last four games, but is 1-1 in conference.  The Pelicans lost at Henley 48-42 last Friday before beating 5A Eagle Point 36-19 the next night.  Tuesday, KU outscored Hidden Valley 16-3 late in the first half, winning 53-39.

Henley is on a six-game winning streak and is yet to lose to a 4A team.  The Hornets followed up its win over KU with a 54-27 win at Phoenix.  Going across the mountains for the second straight game, Henley can hand Hidden Valley its second straight loss.  The Mustangs had snapped a 10-game losing streak with back-to-back wins over Sweet Home and North Valley before Tuesday’s loss to Klamath Union.

Friday’s Other Girls Games

Lost River at Chiloquin – 6:30 PM
Illinois Valley at Bonanza – 6:00 PM
Lakeview at St. Mary’s – 6:00 PM
Gilchrist at Hosanna Christian – 6:00 PM
Butte Valley at Tulelake

Friday’s Other Boys Games

Butte Valley at Tulelake
Lost River at Chiloquin – 8:00 PM
Illinois Valley at Bonanza – 8:00 PM
Lakeview at St. Mary’s – 8:00 PM
Gilchrist at Hosanna Christian – 8:00 PM