Grizz boys surge late to beat Summit, take fourth place

The Ashland High boys basketball team suffered a mild case of the winter road trip doldrums on Wednesday, but snapped out of it just in time to beat Summit for the second time in two weeks, 47-45, in the fourth-place game of the Central Oregon Les Schwab Tournament in Bend.

The No. 8-ranked Grizzlies (7-5), playing sluggish most of the way after a 9 a.m. tip-off, trailed by as many as eight points and faced a 39-34 deficit entering the fourth quarter before burying the Storm (4-6) on Adam Pavlich's last-second jumper.

With the score knotted at 45 and 6.6 seconds on the clock, the Grizzlies ran a play for their 6-foot-3 point guard. Pavlich came through, hitting a 6-footer with 1.7 seconds to go.

The game-winner came after Ashland sharp-shooter Billy Hansen sank a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to tie the game, giving him three treys for the game and 14 for the three-day tournament.

"It was a relief to get out of there with the win," Ashland head coach Larry Kellems said. "We knew we were the better team, but it's tough. We had three days over there living in a motel, early games, (Summit's) sleeping in their beds, we're sleeping in who knows what. It was not pretty, but they got the job done."

Jordan Resch led Ashland with 15 points, Hansen scored 11 and Pavlich and Reed Chasmar added six apiece.

The fourth-quarter comeback capped a solid finish to Ashland's preseason schedule despite an injury to high-scoring guard Mason Constantino, who's been out since a Dec. 11 game against Silverton with a sprained ankle. Since that loss the Grizzlies have won five of six games, including a first-place finish in their own Rotary Hoop Classic. The lone setback in that span was Monday's 73-64 overtime loss to No. 2 Mountain View.

"We feel really good," said Kellems, whose team opens its Southern Sky Conference schedule Tuesday at Crater. "We feel like we're sitting where we want to be sitting right now. We had a really tough schedule and came out of it with a winning record, and it could easily have been a 10-2 record. We've learned a lot, we've been without (Costantino) now for six games. We feel like we're tested and we're ready to go to league."

Costantino is expected to return to practice this weekend and play for the Grizzlies against Crater. Also returning to the team will be starting wing Ian Kendall and reserve Wes Hitchko — both missed the Les Schwab Tournament to attend family vacations.

Playing its third game in three days, Ashland struggled to execute in the first half of Wednesday's game and didn't get much better in the third quarter.

According to Kellems, the Grizzlies didn't panic, even when the Storm threatened to push the lead to double digits. "We knew it was our game, we just had to do our job and get it done," Kellems said.

Kellems credited Chasmar with spearheading the comeback. The senior guard is known for providing energy plays for the Grizzlies, and that's exactly what they needed against Summit.

"He's kind of that unsung hero for us," Kellems said of Chasmar. "He does a lot of stuff for us that doesn't get the notoriety that it deserves. He gets blocked shots, he gets the steals, and we always put him on their best shooters. He's been really consistent for us all month."

Ashland (47) - Resch 15, Hansen 11, Pavlich 6, Chasmar 6, Foley 5, Heater 2, Mills 2, Stone 0, Westerberg 0, Dickey 0. Totals: 13 7-8 47.

Summit (45) - Meagher 11, Norby 10, Shelk 9, Heinley 6, Wegtig 5, Absalon 4, Huckins 0, Morse 0. Totals: 16 7-9 45.

Ashland 12 10 12 13 — 47

Summit 15 11 13 6 — 45

3-point goals — Ashland 4 (Hansen 3, Foley 1), Summit 2 (Norby 1, Wegtig 1). Fouled out — None. Technical Fouls — none.

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