Grizzlies show run-n-gun potential in win over Foxes

Ask Ashland High seniors Garrett Tygerson and Charlie Sebrell what kind of team they hope the boys basketball squad will become and there's no hesitation.

"We're a full-court team that fast breaks," Tygerson says.

Head coach Larry Kellems, however, realizes his Grizzlies may have to walk before they're ready to run.

With Tygerson and Sebrell combining for 32 points and 11 rebounds, Ashland showed glimpses of what it could become on Friday night, pulling away from a tight game in the third quarter and beating Silverton 58-45 in a nonconference game at the Ashland Middle School gymnasium. The victory evened the team's record at 3-3 entering Saturday's 1:45 p.m. contest against West Albany.

"We're going to be a team that's going to play hard on the defensive side, get a little bit of transition when we can "¦ and when we can't, we'll have to set it up and run a half-court offense," Kellums said.

The Grizzlies did a little of all of that on Friday. Tygerson led the way with a career-high 19 points and six rebounds, while Sebrell added 13 and five boards. Ashland made 59 percent of its shots (23-of-39), including 5 of 13 3-pointers.

Sebrell scored seven of his 13 in the third quarter, twice converting fast break layups and also knocking down a 3-pointer, as Ashland used a 17-10 run to pull away to a 42-31 lead and was never again threatened. The Grizzlies led by as many as 16 on three occasions in the final period.

"In the second half, we did a much better job of mixing up our defenses," Kellems said. "We ran a little bit of a trapping press and got the ball back, got a bucket and we were off and running."

Running being the style that seems to suit Tygerson best. Despite being the tallest player on the team at 6-foot-5, the senior showed his open-court skills and smooth touch from the perimeter on Friday. He had nine in the first quarter alone on an assortment of drives, jumpers and even a 3-pointer from the top of the circle.

"They were giving me open looks and I was hitting them in the first half," Tygerson said. "I felt that they played a little bit tighter on me and made me work inside. I don't like working inside as much as outside."

While the Foxes (2-1) contained Tygerson in the second half, Sebrell and Mason Costantino picked up the slack. The return of junior point guard Adam Pavlich allowed Costantino to move from point to shooting guard and the junior responded by draining a pair of 3-pointers en route to a career-high 12 points, to go with four rebounds.

"I was glad to at least see him get back on the floor," Kellems said of Pavlich, who missed three games with a broken toe. "He's our point guard. He gets us to settle down and run our offense."

Still missing is senior post Talon Haggard, who is scheduled to have an MRI on his left shoulder after being injured last weekend. Kellems is optimistic that Haggard could return to the lineup by the start of Southern Sky Conference play in January.

In his absence, the Grizzlies will lean more on Tygerson and Sebrell. Friday marked the fifth time in six games this season that both have scored in double figures.

"We're definitely starting to be comfortable playing with each other," Sebrell said of the team. "Things are starting to come together and we're starting to figure out our strengths.

"We definitely have the athletes to run transition and that's my game. Sometimes we push it a little too hard when our opportunities aren't there and sometimes we need to learn to slow the ball down and play the half-court offense. But, I definitely want to be a transition team."

"Garrett loves that, Charlie loves that," Kellems said. "We just need to find three others players that can do it."

Junior forward Jason Martin led the Foxes with 15 — 11 in the first half — but no one else scored more than six. Luke Ferguson scored six before leaving the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury.

"We'll be a work in progress, probably until March," Kellems said of the Grizzlies. "We're seven, eight, maybe nine deep. So that helps a bunch. We can find whoever has the hot hand, get them on the floor and get the ball to them."

SILVERTON (45) — Gould 5, Warriner 2, Zeis 6, Martin 15, Bellando 5, Ferguson 6, Wells 6 Totals: 17 6-9 45.

ASHLAND (58) — Sebrell 13, Costantino 12, Tygerson 19, Amrehein 3, Resch 7, Kendall 0, Pavlich 0, Foley 2, Hansen 2, Stone 0, Totals: 23 7-12 58.

Silverton 14 7 12 12 — 45

Ashland 11 14 17 16 — 58

3-point baskets: Silverton 5 (Martin 3, Zeis 2), Ashland 5 (Costantino 2, Sebrell, TYgerson, Amrhein).

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At Silverton, Ashland came all the way back from a 14-point deficit on the road before losing in the final minute, 57-54, to Silverton on Friday.

The nonconference loss drops the Grizzlies to 1-3 heading into Saturday's game at West Albany.

"We had chances and didn't capitalize, but the encouraging thing is they showed a lot of heart," Ashland head coach Tom McCracken said.

Down 32-18 at the half, the Grizzlies rallied back and evened the score before the Foxes used a streak of their own to take a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter.

Ashland tied the game again on a Kelsey McKinnis free throw with 30 seconds to go, but Silverton's Tessa Stadeli scored and was fouled with 13 seconds left.

McKinnis' desperation 3 at the buzzer was in and out.

McKinnis scored a team-high 17 points to lead the Grizzlies, while Allison Gida, who fouled out early in the fourth quarter, added 16. Natalie DelCarlo had eight rebounds and six blocks.

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