Doubleheader: Lady Owls Fall Late; Raider Men's Hoops Upset
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. —
(Courtesy: Oregon Tech Sports Information)
The Oregon Tech Hustlin’ Owls (5-2 in CCC and 12-5 on the season) win at home against regional rival, Southern Oregon Raiders (5-2 in CCC and 10-6 on the season) by a score of 88-73 on Danny Miles Court.
The game started off with the two teams exchanging buckets up to double-digits, before Oregon Tech went on a 10-2 run, stretching their lead up to 12-points, 10:00 minutes into the half. SOU worked to narrow the gap and brought it back within 5-points, at 34-29. A late surge by the home team to close out the period of play saw Tech up 52-39 at the halftime break.
The second half would see the Hustlin’ Owls keep up their aggressive play on both ends of the floor, as they held onto their double-digit lead all half. SOU worked to get the game back in hand, but a late 13-2 run for Tech stretched the lead up to 20-points in the final few minutes of the contest.
The game would come to a close with the Raiders going on a small 5-point run, but the final score sat 88-73 in favor of the home team. The win sees SOU and Oregon Tech now tied in the CCC standings at 2nd place with a CCC record of 5-2.
On the night, SOU had five players in double-digit scoring, with Tristen Holmes with 15-points leading the way. Jordan Hunt, Ben DeSaulnier, Conor Carroll and Kenny Meyer contributed 13, 12, 11 and 10 points respectively.
The Owls were led by freshman Harrison Steiger with 20-points on the night, while Mitchell Fink added 17-points and 9-assists, while Jalen Carvalho put in 14-points with 7 rebounds, and Jordan Henderson tallied 11 points and 5 boards.
The SOU Raiders squeak out a 4-point win in overtime over the Oregon Tech Lady Owls, as they ended end the drama filled evening by a score of 83-79 on Danny miles Court.
In the first quarter of play, the Lady Owls ran the court well, breaking down the Raiders full-court press defense and playing tough defense, limiting the visiting team to mostly outside shots. Tech held the lead 15-10 over the opening 10:00 minutes of play.
The Raider women opened up the second quarter of play with a 12-0 run, jumping ahead on the scoreboard by 7 points, before the Lady Owls would call a timeout to regroup. Coming of the pause in play, Tech established more of an offensive rhythm to match SOU’s production, as the two teams exchanged buckets for the remainder of the half. The teams would enter the break with the visiting team holding a slight lead; the score 34-38.
The second half of play began with the SOU Raiders looking again to stretch their lead, going on an 8 to 2 run, jumping out to a 10-point lead. Tech, again, worked over the period to chip away the lead from the visitors, but were limited to just 9-points, while SOU added 17 to their score. Heading into the fourth quarter of play, the away team led the game 55-43.
The final stanza of scheduled action brought out the intensity of both teams, as the Lady Owls climbed back into the game, facing their largest deficient of the night of 12 points. Going on a 12 to 3 scoring run of their own, Tech found themselves within 3 points, at 63-66 with 2:30 left on the clock. The game added more drama in the final :30 seconds of the game with SOU missing two free-throws and leaving the door open for the Lady Owls to tie up the score. With just :04 seconds left in the game, Nohea Waiwaiole found a path to the hoop and laid a shot in to tie the game at 69-69, forcing the game into overtime.
The extra action kept the intensity level up in the gym with nothing separating the teams. For each home basket, there was an away basket. In the final :30 seconds, just one made free-throw was the difference, this time the Lady Owls leading and with possession of the ball. After a foul by SOU, one more made shot from the stripe made it a 2-point game. In the remaining :20 seconds, the Raiders would drive the court, seeing Ariel Augustine put in a shot in the paint to tie the game at 79-79. A turnover on the Owls inbound play gave the ball back to SOU.
Capitalizing on their shot in the paint would see SOU make the go-ahead points, before one last foul by Tech put Toria Bradford on the line to seal the game. The visiting SOU Raiders pick up the win with a final overtime score of 83-79.
The Raiders on the night were led by Remi Mejia with 30-points and 7 rebounds, while Toria Bradford put up 21-points and had 6 assists. Ariel Augustine contributed 16 points and 7 rebounds herself.
The Lady Owls had six players in double-digit scoring, as Nohea Waiwaiole and Mikaela Shumaker both put up 13-points, while grabbing 13 boards between the pair. Megan Morris, Alix Biddington, Amanda Constant and Baylee Tony all added 10-points of their own on the evening.