Phoenix pulls away from Ashland in tourney
December 29, 2011Phoenix High School
BEND — Phoenix and Ashland traveled to central Oregon to play each other in boys basketball, and the Pirates came away with a 60-50 victory in the Summit Holiday Tournament Wednesday.
Alex Young scored 23 points and Tyler Dungannon became the school's second all-time leading scorer as Phoenix improved to 9-0.
The Pirates take on West Albany today at 2:15 p.m. in a tough semifinal matchup. West Albany defeated Mountain View in the first round.
Billy Hansen scored 23 points for Ashland, which dropped to 6-4 and takes on Mountain View at 9 a.m. today.
Phoenix started out sluggish, said coach Glenn Johannes, and it wasn't until the middle two quarters that the Pirates pulled away. They outscored the Grizzlies 18-8 in the second to take a 29-18 lead and were up 49-32 entering the fourth.
"It was a grind game," said Johannes. "We had one earlier this year against Coquille. You can't get up for every game, but you play and plug away. Our bench did a great job defensively and chipped in some points. We'll take that and move on."
Key players off the bench were Tim Keith, Max Hamilton and Tyson Morris. Keith contributed four points and five rebounds.
Young, a senior guard, added 13 rebounds, six assists, four steals and three blocks.
"He is just really good at controlling the game, and he controls everything," said Grizzlies coach Larry Kellems. "We tried not to let him drive because when he drives, he's very good at dishing the ball. The kid is obviously the real deal."
So, too, is Dungannon, a senior guard. He scored 18 points, giving him 1,035 for his career and moving him past Andy Bartels, a 2000 graduate, who had 1,025. Young is the career leader with 1,435.
"He shoots so darn well," Kellems said of Dungannon.
Dalton Richardson had seven rebounds for Phoenix.
Jacob Finch scored 12 points for Ashland.
ASHLAND (50) — Hansen 23, Finch 12, Skinner 7, Schlecht 3, Carroll 5, Flynn 0. Totals: 20 9-17 50.
PHOENIX (60) — Young 23, Dungannon 18, Loper 5, Brown 4, Hamilton 4, T. Keith 4, Richardson 0, Morse 2, J. Keith 0, Campoy 0, Mayers 0. Totals: 24 7-12 60.
Ashland 11 8 13 18 — 50
Phoenix 11 18 20 11 — 60
3-point goals — Ashland 1 (Hansen 1), Phoenix 5 (Young 2, Dungannon 2, Loper 1).