Grizzlies ice cold in loss to Willamette

Noah Burke scored 10 of his game-high 16 points in the third quarter to help Willamette pull away en route to a 47-34 victory over Ashland on the first day of the Crescent Valley boys basketball tournament Tuesday in Corvallis.

Burke, a senior wing, drilled two 3-pointers and two more from inside the arc in the pivotal quarter as the Wolverines (3-3) extended a three-point halftime lead to 13 heading into the fourth.

The loss dropped the Grizzlies (3-3) into the tournament’s consolation bracket, where they will face either Crescent Valley or Hermiston today at 1:30 p.m.

“We played great defense the whole game,” Ashland coach Sam Osofsky said, “then they had a kid [Burke] … he’s a really good player and he hit some really tough shots at the start of the third and they just kind of created enough of a separation that we were battling to get it back the whole game.”

Senior forward Jake Hansen was Ashland’s only player in double figures with 10 points, while Malik Pippa added nine and Adam Jones five, all in the first quarter.

Osofsky credited Hansen with a solid all-around game.

“(Hansen) shot the ball really well, rebounded really well,” Osofsky said. “Jake definitely deserves a shout-out for his effort defensively. Anthony Swanson played really well defensively.”

Swanson had four steals for Ashland.

Dylan Reichenberger scored eight and Seth Skeele five for Willamette, which survived a 5-for-12 shooting night from the free throw line.

Osofsky said the Grizzlies’ offensive struggles — they’ve scored 41 points or less in four of six games — have less to do with running their plays correctly than simply finishing.

“Our big thing is continuing to execute our offense,” Osofsky said, “and trust that — we’re kind of in a shooting slump as a team — when we execute we’re getting great shots and we’re confident that we can turn this around on the offensive end. Our defensive effort has been so good that we’re keeping it close and once our shots start falling we really feel like we can turn this thing around.

“Having said that, we are 3-3 and all three losses are against 6A schools. We’ve challenged ourselves with our schedule and we’re improving every day so we’re really excited about that.”

ASHLAND (34): Swanson 4, Hansen 10, Fuller 3, A. Jones 5, Ellis 2, Pippa 9, C. Jones 0. Totals: 15 1-2 34.

WILLAMETTE (47): Skeele 5, Cross 3, Bridge-Eiler 2, L. Burke 4, Trim 2, N. Burke 16, Stricker 1, Penn 4, Reichenberger 8. Totals: 19 5-12 47.

Ashland 6 11 6 11 — 34

Willamette 10 10 16 11 — 47

3-point goals: Ashland 3 (Fuller 1, A. Jones 1, Pippa 1), Willamette 4 (N. Burke 2, Skeele 1, Cross 1).

Girls Basketball

At Corvallis, sophomore guard Cali McClave scored 23 points to lead Crescent Valley to a 51-28 victory on the first day of the Crescent Valley tournament on Tuesday.

Sophomore post Clancy Barry scored six points and Olivia Mellon and freshman Malia Rodriguez five apiece to pace the Grizzlies (2-6).

The Raiders improved to 3-2.

ASHLAND (28): Mellon 5, Voskes 1, Titus 5, Barnes 2, Barry 6, Rich 2, Osorio-Walls 2, Rodriguez 5, Altig 0, Munson 0, Elder-Hammond 0. Totals: 11 4-9 28.

CRESCENT VALLEY (51): Moore 3, Dale 2, Taylor 3, Huang 5, Plemmons 7, Daniels 4, McClave 23, Gray 4. Totals: 21 3-5 51.

Ashland 5 6 5 12 — 28

Crescent Valley 11 13 14 13 — 51

3-point goals: Ashland 2 (Mellon 1, Titus 1), Crescent Valley 5 (McClave 3, Huang 1, Moore 1).

JV score — Crescent Valley 39, Ashland 34.

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