HS Hoops: KU rallies to defeat Henley

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Trailing by 13 points entering the fourth quarter, the Klamath Union Pelicans emerged victorious 58-56 over the Henley Hornets in a key Skyline Conference Game Friday night at Henley High School.

Henley-Klamath Union wrap-up from 960 the Sports Legend (Note: We originally thought Jack Bell scored 13 points, but following the broadcast, recalculated to 15 points)

Trailing 56-54 with less than a minute remaining in the game, KU senior Jack Bell drove through the middle of the key, making an underhanded lob shot while drawing a foul. Bell made the free throw to give Klamath Union its first lead, 57-56, since it was 11-10 in the first quarter.

Henley had led by as many as 18 points in the game.

It was a critical game for both teams to start off the second half of the conference schedule. Henley entered the game having beaten KU in the teams’ two previous meetings, including a 55-44 conference win on Jan. 4. 

Now, Klamath Union and Henley share the same 3-3 Skyline record and each have won a league game against the other. Henley’s 60-50 victory on Nov. 30 in the Yreka Invitational was a non-conference game.

Friday’s loss was Henley’s third Skyline Conference in a row after starting 3-0.

Listen to the final minutes of the game broadcast from 960 the Sports Legend

Bell made all five of his free throws in the game and shot 4 of 7 from the floor to finish with a game-high 15 points. Klamath Union made 8 of 16 free throws in the fourth quarter, while Henley went 3 for 11.

For the game, both teams shot 40 percent from the field, with KU shooting 17 of 30 from the line. Henley went 11 of 23.

Alberto Aispuro hit 5 of 12 shots for 10 points against his former teammates. He transferred from Henley to Klamath Union during the summer.

Henley (13-5; 3-3 Skyline) was led by 13 points from starter Jesse Hilyard, who had spent most of the year as the team’s first or second player off the bench. Jack Mitchell had 10 points, as did starter Colby Mueller, who played just 15 minutes because of foul trouble. Mitchell added 10 rebounds for a double-double.

The Hornets play two straight on the road before their final two regular season games are at home. Henley plays at Phoenix next Tuesday.

Klamath Union (7-8; 3-3) plays just one more game outside of Klamath Falls – the regular season finale at North Valley. Next Tuesday, KU hosts Hidden Valley (5:50 p.m. – Doubleheader – 960 the Sports Legend).

Other Friday Scores

Triad 75, Trinity Lutheran 9
Gilchrist 70, North Lake 64
Lakeview 59, Illinois Valley 44
Cascade Christian 49, Lost River 43
Klamath Union 58, Henley 56
Tulelake 69, Surprise Valley 47
Bonanza 48, Chiloquin 35
Butte Falls 37, Paisley 32 
Phoenix 57, Mazama 56 (OT)

Henley 63, Klamath Union 41
Tulelake 57, Surprise Valley 45
Mazama 55, Phoenix 21
North Valley 57, Hidden Valley 44
Lost River 45, Cascade Christian 33 
Lakeview 48, Illinois Valley 35 
Paisley 48, Butte Falls 33 
Butte Valley 56, Big Valley 41
Trinity Lutheran 44, Triad 31
Gilchist 59, North Lake 31