Grizzlies push No. 2 Mountain View, lose in OT

Hours after the Class 5A coaches ranked Ashland No. 8 in the state, the Grizzlies, shorthanded and on the road, showed why even that may be an understatement.

Playing without two starters and another rotation player, Ashland built a 10-point lead and pushed No. 2 Mountain View to the limit before falling 71-67 in overtime Monday, in the Central Oregon Les Schwab Tournament in Bend.

Sophomore guard Billy Hansen hit five 3-pointers and scored 24 of his season-high 28 points in the first half and senior guard Adam Pavlich scored 21 of his season-high 24 points in the second half for Ashland, which fell to 5-5.

"We know we can beat (Mountain View) — we should have beat them," Ashland head coach Larry Kellems said. "We had our chances."

The Grizzlies played Sandy, a 6A Portland-area school, this morning and are scheduled to play one more Les Schwab game Wednesday against an opponent yet to be determined.

Against Mountain View, Ashland rode the hot-shooting Hansen to a strong start and led by seven points at the half. Hansen hit all five of his 3s in the first half, then drew double teams the rest of the way.

That helped open up holes for Pavlich, who drained four long bombs of his own after the break to help keep the Grizzlies in front.

Ashland also received strong performances out of Jordan Resch and Nino Foley, said Kellems.

The Grizzlies missed a chance to win the game in regulation, sending the teams into an extra session knotted at 58.

"We feel really good about things," Kellems said. "We've gone head to head with (Mountain View), head to head with (No. 4) Silverton — so we're right there with the top five in the state. I'm feeling good."

Ashland is playing without starters Mason Costantino and Ian Kendall and reserve Wes Hitchko. Kendall and Hitchko are away on vacation and Costantino is nursing a sprained ankle. All three are expected to return in time for Sunday's practice, when Ashland will begin to prepare for its Southern Sky Conference opener two days later against Crater.

"We know we can play with the best in the state now," Kellems said. "I think our kids are convinced now. Once we get (Costantino) back and (Kendall) and (Hitchko), that rounds out our top rotation of nine and we'll be OK."

ASHLAND (64) — Hansen 28, Pavlich 21, Chasmar 2, Resch 13, Stone 0, Foley 0, Heater 0. Totals: 23 8-11 67.

MT. VIEW (73) — Mitchell 22, Claar 12, Zapata 10, Brent 10, Bent 9, Fisher 9, Helm 0. Totals: 25 14-20 71.

Ashland 17 15 13 10 9 — 64

Mt. View 14 10 23 8 18 — 73

3-point goals — Ashland 10 (Hansen 6, Pavlich 3, Resch 1), Mt. View 7 (Mitchell 6, Zapata 1). Fouled out — Chasmar, Foley. Technical fouls — Foley, Brent.

Girls Basketball

Allison Gida and Kayla Reynolds combined to score 34 points as 10th-ranked Ashland outscored North Bend in every quarter en route to a convincing 50-24 win in the opening day of the South Coast Les Schwab Holiday Tournament Monday at Coos Bay.

Gida scored 19 points, including eight in the first quarter, and Reynolds drilled 4 of 5 3-pointers in the first half before finishing with 15 points, as Ashland surged ahead 30-13 at the half.

The Grizzlies (6-4) will face either Marshfield or North Salem at 5:30 p.m. today.

ASHLAND (50) — Shulenberger 1, Van Vleck 2, Minor 0, McCoy 8, Reynolds 15, Pavlich 0, Paton 4, Gida 19, Michaels 1. Totals: 20 4-11 50.

NORTH BEND (24) — Duhnam 1, Davison 10, Wiedman 5, Faster 2, Danta 0, Maceski 6, Mcullogh 0. Totals: 9 4-9 24.

Ashland 14 16 14 6 —50

North Bend 7 6 7 4 — 24

3-point goals — Ashland 6 (Reynolds 5, Gida 1), North Bend 2 (Davison 1, Wiedman 1).

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