KLAMATH FALLS, Ore — Friday night was an opportunity for Klamath Union boys basketball to pull away from the pack in the Skyline Conference, while Mazama was trying to avoid an 0-3 start.
On the girls side, Mazama brought its 2-0 record and league-best scoring average to Pelican Court against 1-1 Klamath Union.
Boys: Klamath Union 52, Mazama 44
In a final quarter of cold shooting, Klamath Union put a couple more in than Mazama to secure a 52-44 victory. The Pelicans outscored Mazama 9-5, hitting 5-of-8 free throws in the fourth quarter. KU senior Daniel Bocchi has six of his 13 points in the final quarter.
Friday’s game was crucial for both teams, with KU entering 2-0 and not matched up with a fellow undefeated, as was the case with North Valley and Phoenix. For Mazama, the Vikings were trying to avoid starting the season 0-3, losing to the other two undefeated teams already.
The first half saw six lead changes with KU claiming a 27-25 halftime lead.
In the third, KU pulled ahead 37-29 with 3:11 to play. Senior Alex Stork added nine to his eight first half points in the quarter, finishing with 21 in the game. But Mazama scored 12 of the next 18 spanning into the fourth quarter, cutting the deficit to 43-41.
The Vikings were limited to just one Zac Hall three-pointer the rest of the way, as Klamath Union (8-7; 3-0 Skyline) finished the game on a 9-3 run.
Morgan Crebbin had nine points in his first game against Mazama in the last two meetings. The senior missed the teams’ Basin’s Best match-up, which Mazama won 53-51 on its way to the title.
Mazama’s Trevor Garrard was back in the lineup after missing that same game, but only scored three points. Hall led the Vikings with 14 points, while Basin’s Best MVP Kevin Wynne had 10, although he was held without a field goal after hitting three three-pointers in the opening period.
Outside of the starters, junior Jimmy Marquit had an outstanding game for Mazama, getting seven points off the bench in early duty when senior starter Nolan Rose took an elbow to the nose and had to be bandaged. Marquit also absorbed at least two full shoves by KU players, resulting in personal fouls against the Pelicans.
Tuesday, Mazama (7-7; 0-3) has a home game against Hidden Valley, which defeated Henley 55-50 on Friday night for its first league win. For Klamath Union, it travels to No. 5 Phoenix, which lost 62-61 at No. 3 North Valley.
Other Friday scores
Hidden Valley 55, Henley 50
North Valley 62, Phoenix 61
Lakeview 54, St. Mary’s 48
Illinois Valley 58, Bonanza 43
Lost River 45, Chiloquin 36
Hosanna Christian 52, Gilchrist 31
Butte Falls 49, Prospect Charter 47
Rogue Valley Adventist 45, Paisley 33
Triad 82, Butte Falls 48
Paisley 41, Gilchrist 35
Hosanna Christian 70, Prospect Charter 28
Rogue Valley Adventist 68, North Lake 47
North Valley at Henley – 8:00 PM
Hidden Valley at Mazama – 8:00 PM
Klamath Union at Phoenix – 8:00 PM
Chiloquin at Bonanza – 8:00 PM
Lost River at Lakeview – 6:30 PM
Girls: Klamath Union 26, Mazama 24
Mazama’s junior point guard had the ball in her hand with 7.4 seconds remaining, but lost it when weaving through Klamath Union defenders and getting bumped in the closing moments as KU held on for a 26-24 Skyline Conference win Friday night in Klamath Falls. Junior Aubreanna Stoliker recovered the loose ball and was not fouled before time expired.
Klamath Union led the majority of the night against Mazama (12-3; 2-1 Skyline), which came into the evening 12-2 overall, undefeated in conference and leading the league with a 55.1 points per game team scoring average.
The Pelicans used numerous second chances in the opening quarter to score the last seven points in the first for a 7-4 lead. In the second period, Mazama was held without a field goal for over five minutes, falling behind 17-12 at halftime.
KU senior Callie Porter had a three in the first, finishing with nine first half points on her way to a game high 14. Reynolds went 4-of-6 from the free throw line in the quarter. She led Mazama with 11 points in the game.
In the third quarter, Klamath Union (10-5; 2-1) mistakes helped Mazama go on a 9-0 run extending into the fourth. At one point, KU committed three consecutive turnovers in the third period.
Free throw woes proved costly for Mazama, as the Vikings missed three straight front-end bonus free throws in the fourth quarter.
Outside of Porter and Reynolds, no other players scored more than four points.
KU goes on the road Tuesday, facing the Phoenix Pirates. Phoenix won its first conference game 50-45 against fellow winless North Valley. Mazama hosts Hidden Valley next week. The visiting Mustangs are 1-2 after losing Friday to conference leader Henley 52-25.
Other Friday scores
Henley 52, Hidden Valley 25
Phoenix 50, North Valley 45
Hosanna Christian 53, Gilchrist 20
Bonanza 46, Illinois Valley 40
Lost River 53, Chiloquin 27
St. Mary’s 78, Lakeview 49
Paisley 54, Rogue Valley Adventist 23
Butte Falls 43, Prospect Charter 30
Triad 39, Butte Falls 38
Gilchrist 53, Paisley 49
Hosanna Christian 59, Prospect Charter 34
North Lake 42, Rogue Valley Adventist 28
North Valley at Henley – 6:30 PM
Hidden Valley at Mazama – 6:30 PM
Klamath Union at Phoenix – 6:30 PM
Chiloquin at Bonanza – 6:30 PM
Lost River at Lakeview – 5:00 PM