Grizzlies fight back, then fall in OT

Overtime was necessary to decide Tuesday's nonconference boy's basketball contest between Ashland and Grants Pass. Ball-handling, however, was optional.

Ashland rallied from nine points back with 1:10 left to send the game into overtime, but ran out of gas, luck, or whatever it was that brought them back in a 62-60 loss to Grants Pass in the sloppy/thrilling finale at Ashland Middle School.

The Grizzlies (2-3) will debut in the new Mountain Avenue Gym, which underwent a $13.2 million renovation, at the Ashland Rotary Hoop Classic on Dec. 18-19.

Jordan Resch led the Grizzlies with 16 points, and Mason Costantino added 14 thanks to four second-half 3-pointers.

With Ashland trailing 53-44 and fresh off a pair of turnovers with 1:20 left, Grants Pass returned the favor with a turnover of its own to give the Grizzlies new life. Costantino missed two 3's, but Jordan Resch's long-range jumper was converted after the second offensive rebound bounced into his hands.

When it came to sloppiness though, Grants Pass was just getting started.

More chaos ensued when Ashland's full-court press forced another GP turnover on the next possession. Coming off a time out, sophomore Billy Hansen set a pick for Costantino and popped outside where he was found for a 3-ball that cut the Caveman lead to 53-50 with 30 seconds left.

GP's Matt Nottingham was trapped by a pair of Grizzlies and turned it over to Ashland again on the next play. Three different Grizzlies then got chances to tie it — Resch, Hansen and Pavlich all missed from deep — before the third offensive rebound of the possession was passed out to Costantino behind the 3-point line, and the senior guard's shot when right through the net to put the teams in a 53-all deadlock with 12 seconds remaining.

Not surprisingly, the Cavemen turned it over again on their final possession of the quarter, but Ashland couldn't get a shot off before the buzzer sounded.

Grants Pass was limited to one field goal in the extra frame, but converted seven free throws to seal the win.

Leading by two with eight seconds left, GP's Ronnie Fields missed a pair of free throws, but Reed Chasmar's runner for the tie hit off the front iron after he dribbled the length of the court to get a contested shot off.

Ashland had an early 17-12 edge in the second quarter, but Grants Pass took its first lead of the game with 50 seconds left in the half at 20-19. Ten of the Grizzlies' first-half points came off Cavemen turnovers.

Chasmar chipped in 10 points for the Grizzlies, while Hunter Fields (19) and Nottingham (17) led the Cavemen (1-1).

Grants Pass (62) — Ronnie Fields 19, Nottingham 14, Griggs 11, Robbins 2, J. Tardieu 6, H. Fields 6, Mahr 4. Totals 17 24-31 62.

Ashland (60) — Jordan Resch 16, Costantino 14, Chasman 10, Hansen 11, Pavlich 6, Kendall 2, Foley 1. Totals 25 2-5 60.

Grants Pass 7 13 14 19 9 — 62

Ashland 11 8 10 24 7 — 60

3-point goals—Grants Pass 4 (Nottingham 2, Griggs, R. Fields); Ashland 8 (Costantino 4, Hansen 3, Resch). Total fouls—Grants Pass 14; Ashland 18. Fouled out—Costantino, Pavlich. Technical foul—Kendall.

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