The Pacific boys basketball team improved to 3-0 in the Skyline League standings with a 77-38 win at Umpqua Valley Christian behind a dominant night by John Morrill-Keeler.
“When John wants to, he can really take over a game,” Pacific coach Ben Stallard said after Morrill-Keeler scored 29 points.
Josh Engdahl added 15 and Jack Lehnherr 11 for the Cruisers, who also played better defense than in their previous two outings, especially in the second half when the Monarchs scored just nine points.
“We had to work out a couple things on defense at halftime,” Stallard said.
Tanner Soper had 13 points to lead UVC.
Pacific hosts rival Powers on Friday.
North Douglas 55, Powers 26: The visiting Warriors shut out the Cruisers in the second quarter on the way to the win.
Caleb Parks had 20 points and Koldan Frieze 16 for North Douglas, which improved to a perfect 3-0 in league play. Kody Clauson had 13 for Powers, still seeking its first league win.
Coquille 65, Harrisburg 30: The Red Devils dominated the visiting Eagles to improve to 2-0 in Mountain Valley Conference play and 16-1 on the season.
Coquille coach Willy Layton praised his team’s effort, and said he was pleased the Red Devils took care of the ball in the second half after committing a number of turnovers in the first half.
Coquille outscored the Eagles 34-14 in the second half in a matchup of the teams that shared the league title last year. Harrisburg won the seeding game and ultimately took third in the Class 3A state tournament, but is a much younger group this year. The team’s leading scorers Tuesday, Tyler Thompson with 13 points and Gabe Knox with 11, both are sophomores.
Coquille got 17 points from Seth Waddington, 14 each from Hayden Davis and Henry Scolari and 12 from Colton GeDeros.
The Red Devils visit La Pine on Friday in their longest road trip of the league season.
Coquille 45, Harrisburg 32: The Red Devils weathered a spirited effort from the visiting Eagles to improve to 2-0 in Mountain Valley Conference play.
Coquille led by 12 in the second quarter, but Harrisburg twice cut the lead to three points before the Red Devils pulled away for the win.
Morgan Baird had a big night for Coquille with 16 points, 12 rebounds, four steals, two blocks and six assists. Abbey Dieu and McKenna Wilson added six points each for Coquille, which used a press to pick up its energy and pull away from the Eagles.
Stephanie Pelkey had 11 points for Harrisburg.
Coquille next gets its first two road tests as it tries for its third straight league title, visiting La Pine on Friday and Glide on Tuesday.
Pacific 30, UVC 22: The Pirates won on the road, outscoring the Monarchs 27-17 over the final three quarters to move to 2-1 in Skyline League play.
Natalie Vincent had eight points, Madi Hall seven and Hannah Washabaugh six for Pacific in the win.
Liz Jarvis led Umpqua Valley Christian with a game-high 13.
North Douglas 36, Powers 18: The Warriors topped the host Cruisers, building a 21-6 halftime lead and rolling to the win.
Nicki Derrick had 14 points for North Douglas while Miya Clauson led Powers with eight.
The Warriors are one of three teams in the Skyline League's North Division off to 3-0 starts in league play. The Cruisers are 1-2.