KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Last week, it was a come-from-behind effort to beat an in-town rival on the road. On Friday night, the Klamath Union Pelicans had to hold onto to a lead of their own through three quarters to repeat the feat.
They did, beating the Mazama Vikings 70-61.
Now Klamath Union is tied with Henley, the team they beat 58-56 last Friday, for second in the Skyline Conference with two games remaining.
960 the Sports Legend postgame wrap-up following the Klamath Union-Mazama doubleheader
Mazama has now lost three straight conference games to fall to third. All the teams are trailing No.1-ranked North Valley.
The Pelicans possessed a 15-point lead in the second half, but Mazama senior Jacob Ford and sophomore Caleb Crowell hit big shots to move within a possession or two in the fourth quarter.
In the end, Klamath Union used full court passes to teammates for scores and hit free throws to seal the game.
KU freshman Hunter Bradford finished with a double-double 23 points and 15 rebounds and seniors Albert Depew and Alberto Aispuro added 16 and 12 points, respectively. Depew capitalized on open space down the floor, catching football-like passes from teammates for scores.
Klamath Union senior Jack Bell following the win
The Pelicans shot 42 percent from the field, while Mazama hit on 31 percent of its shots.
Crowell led Mazama with 16 points followed by Ford’s 15 points. Former KU athlete Skyler Schram added 11 points for the Vikings.
Mazama hosts Hidden Valley Tuesday before finishing at Henley on Feb. 8, while Klamath Union wraps up the season at North Valley after hosting Phoenix next Tuesday (5:50 p.m. – 960 the Sports Legend).
Klamath Union 70, Mazama 61
Henley 66, Hidden Valley 45
Lakeview 55, Bonanza 41
Mazama 59, Klamath Union 43
- Mazama junior Megan Morris was dominant with 17 points and nine rebounds to help the top-ranked Vikings improve to 8-0 in the Skyline Conference. Hannah Reynolds added 15 points despite shooting 4 for 20 from the field. Jordan Newman led Klamath Union with 13 points.
Henley 48, Hidden Valley 16
Phoenix 41, North Valley 25