Pacific’s boys basketball team completed a 2-1 run through the Southern Oregon Subaru Classic with a 49-37 victory over Class 3A St. Mary’s on Saturday.

The Pirates also beat Class 4A Phoenix and fell by two points to traditional Class 3A power and tournament host Cascade Christian.

The event followed the trend throughout the tournament for Pacific, which played three great second halves, but not particularly well in the early portions of any of its games.

St. Mary’s managed just nine points in the second half Saturday after leading Pacific 28-24 at the break.

“It was another slow start,” Pacific coach Ben Stallard said, adding the Pirates had too many turnovers in the first half.

“The kids made some good adjustments after half,” Stallard said. “When we play disciplined, we can do some great things.

“Obviously, this is a smart, fun group to coach. I just wish they would be smart in the first half.”

Pacific scored just one point in the first quarter of its loss to Cascade Christian and trailed Phoenix 21-17 at the break before pulling away for a 45-28 win.

In Saturday’s win over St. Mary’s, Pacific got 17 points from John Morrill-Keeler, 13 from Jack Lehnherr and 11 from Josh Engdahl.

Jakab Bowling had 11 points and Gabe Mayer 10 for St. Mary’s.

Pacific has won nine of its 10 games since a season-opening loss at Class 2A power Western Mennonite, a squad with just one loss, by two points to Knappa.

Pacific is ranked No. 1 in the Class 1A power rankings of the Oregon School Activities Association.

The Pirates now are off until opening the Skyline League schedule on Jan. 5 at Days Creek.

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