KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — With only two regular season games remaining, Skyline Conference tournament seeding is winding down, with scenarios for Klamath Union’s girls and boys basketball teams moving to opposite ends of finality.
Boys: Phoenix 66, Klamath Union 52
Unlike the first meeting between the two, Klamath Union jumped to a first quarter lead hosting the Phoenix Pirates. Still, the No. 4 team in the state proved too difficult, winning over KU 66-52.
The loss cemented Phoenix as the No. 2 seed in next week’s Skyline Conference tournament, while Klamath Union is at risk of requiring a playoff Saturday against Mazama if KU loses and Mazama wins Thursday in the regular season finale.
Senior Donavin Weiser started in place of Morgan Crebbin as a late switch due to Crebbin’s low blood sugar. Weiser scored KU’s first four points, helping the Pelicans to a 12-11 edge through one quarter.
Audio: Senior Donavin Weiser following KU’s loss to Phoenix
Phoenix star Alex Young passed the ball superbly in the game, finding Tim Keith frequently throughout the night after Keith replaced starter Dalton Richardson due to foul trouble. Keith went on to 13 points in 21 minutes, while Young had six assists to go with a game-high 24 points.
The Pirates led 28-23 at halftime, as Klamath Union kept it a winnable game to the end unlike the Jan. 17 meeting where Phoenix (19-4; 7-2 Skyline) jumped out to a 26-6 lead en route to a 58-43 win.
KU senior Austin Crawford helped the Pelicans to a 32-30 deficit in the third quarter, but Phoenix ran away from that point. Crawford finished with a team-high 15 points.
The loss forces the Pelicans (11-11; 5-4) to win Thursday hosting No. 3 North Valley or have to play Saturday against Mazama should the Vikings beat Henley. In that scenario, Klamath Union and Mazama would each be 5-5 in conference and would have split the season series in league.
North Valley defeated Henley 72-49 and is one win away from a 10-0 conference record. Entering Tuesday night, Phoenix could not catch North Valley for the top spot, but with a loss to KU, could have risked the second seed. The top two seeds get byes in the first round of the conference tournament.
Klamath Union (FGs FTs PTS): Crawford 6-11 2-3 15, Alex Stork 5-14 4-4 14, Jack Bell 3-5 0-0 9, Daniel Bocchi 2-6 2-3 6, Crebbin 2-2 0-0 4, Weiser 2-3 0-0 4, Albert Depew 0-1 0-0 0, Kody Kuhlman 0-1 0-0 0. Team FGs 20-43, 3PT made 4 (Bell 3, Crawford), FTs 8-16.
Phoenix: Young 10-17 3-4 24, Tyler Dungannon 5-14 4-5 15, Keith 6-12 1-2 13, Travis Campoy 1-1 4-6 6, Luke Brown 2-4 0-0 4, Richardson 1-4 0-0 2, Calvin Loper 1-2 0-0 2. Team FGs 26-54, 3PT made 2 (Young, Dungannon), FTs 12-17.
Girls: Klamath Union 64, Phoenix 53
The Klamath Union Pelicans ensured at least a third seed in next week’s Skyline Conference tournament, beating Phoenix 64-53 at Pelican Court Tuesday.
The home team pulled away from Phoenix midway through the first half, going on a 9-0 run to build a 14-5 lead. The Pelicans found a boost from the return of injured starter Callie Porter, who finished with 13 points – one of four KU players in double digits.
Audio: Play-by-Play – Jackie Gardner scores for Klamath Union
Jackie Gardner with one of 20 offensive rebounds for KU on her way to 19 points. The Pelicans had Porter, Hannah Armstrong and Taylor Glassow in double figures as well. At 6-3 in the conference, Klamath Union can still catch Mazama with a win Thursday hosting North Valley and a Vikings loss against Henley.
Phoenix made a run, outscoring KU 14-3 in the third quarter, trailing just 40-39 entering the fourth.
Kasey Hamilton led Phoenix with 14 points, while Erika Marshall added 12 points despite battling foul trouble.
Klamath Union went on to win and lock in the third seed in the Skyline Conference tournament.
The Pelicans finish the year hosting North Valley Thursday, while Mazama has Henley. KU trails Mazama by one game in the conference standings.
Klamath Union (FGs FTs PTS): Jackie Gardner 8-19 3-4 19, Porter 5-17 3-4 13, Hannah Armstrong 4-13 3-5 11, Taylor Glassow 2-3 6-10 10, Nicole Mee 2-7 1-4 5, Aubreanna Stoliker 1-4 1-2 3, Chelsea Burns 1-1 1-2 3, Shaydawn Hayden 0-2 0-0 0. Team FGs 23-66, 3PT made 0, FTs 18-31
Phoenix: Hamilton 6-9 2-5 14, Marshall 6-9 0-2 12, Roxy Rameriez 3-12 0-2 8, Delaine Tally 3-12 0-2 8, Baylee Toney 2-4 1-4 5, Bailee Tally 0-2 5-9 5, Alyssa Brown 1-3 2-4 4, Kya McAlister 0-1 0-0 0. Team FGs 20-46, 3PT made 2 (Rameriez 2), FTs 11-32.