After facing a double-digits deficit through most of the game, the Raiders gave Dominican University a run for its money down the stretch in nonconference men's basketball game Tuesday, only to fall short, 84-82.




With a diminished front line due to a mix of injuries and quitting players, the Penguins (3-6) ruled the paint and out-rebounded Southern Oregon (4-8) by 15 in the Raiders' fifth straight loss.




Dominican got out in front early. Adam Chavis and Ari Iventosch combined for 26 first half points and the Penguins took a 41-28 lead into halftime at McNeal Pavilion.




It was more of the same in the second half as the Penguin lead reached 16. Although the outlook was dim, the Raiders never quit and didn't allow Dominican to run away with the game. Senior Matt Cowell and sophomore Trenton Fraser led the late Raider charge, scoring 18 and 14 second-half points, respectively.




A full-court press employed by SOU coach Brian McDermott combined with timely 3-point shooting on numerous pick and rolls brought SOU to within one, 81-80, with seconds remaining. After a Iventosch free throw, Fraser hoisted a shot that would have won the game. He missed his 3-pointer, but it was rebounded by SOU's David Grant, who hurled the loose ball toward the hoop as the buzzer sounded. That shot also missed, and the wounded Raiders were left to wonder what could have been.




Dominican's Chavis led all scorers with 24 points. The only other Penguin in double figures was Iventosch with 21. Cowell was a perfect 11-for-11 from the charity stripe en route to his team-leading 22 point performance. Fraser added 16 while Josh McDermott and Ryon Pool each contributed 11.




The Raiders were 18-for-21 from the free throw line and shot 12-for-18 from behind the arc.




Cowell, who fouled out in the final minute, said the late comeback run can be attributed to effort and toughness.




"We basically started competing with them, playing hard," he said. "When they were fouling us, we were fouling them back. The whole game was physical and the first 35 minutes we took it, and (at the end) we just didn't take it anymore."




Brian McDermott said he still doesn't have a good read on his team and hopes the pieces will begin to fit together soon.




"I was real disappointed with the way we played tonight for the most part and real disappointed with our execution of a lot of things," McDermott said. "They always keep me wondering. We haven't made that steady progress and a lot of its because of injuries and different things."




With Tuesday night marking the end of the Raiders' nonconference schedule, McDermott and company look to make things right in Cascade Conference play when they host Evergreen State next Tuesday and Northwest University the following night.




"We'll just keep plugging away," McDermott said. "We'll probably try to simplify it a little bit more and go with what we do. Its not quite the team I envisioned, but its who we are and we'll make the best of what we've got."




Girls basketball




Heidi Siebenlist's contributions don't always show up in the statistics.




Siebenlist scored just two points for Ashland in a nonconference girls basketball game against Churchill Tuesday. But the senior guard was the catalyst in the fourth quarter as the Grizzlies posted their fourth straight victory by pulling out a 47-36 win against Churchill of Eugene.




"Heidi battles every night," said Ashland coach Steve Farley. "She played great defense and made their point guard (Susan Smith) work hard. She got our tempo going in the fourth quarter with a few steals and we got some easy transition buckets."




The Grizzlies (4-2) held a 24-22 advantage entering the final period but the Lancers briefly took the lead. Brenna Heater's three-point play put Ashland back in front and Kelsey McKinnis' two 3-pointers helped the Grizzlies keep the lead.




Heater, who was sidelined early with two opening-quarter fouls, scored nine of her game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter. The 6-foot-3 junior post added 13 rebounds.




"They were very physical with (Heater) down low," said Farley. "She made some adjustments shooting and knocked down some shots for us in the second half."




McKinnis added 17 points, including 10 in the final period. McKinnis also turned in a fine defensive performance.




CHURCHILL (36) &

Fegles 11, Jubber 4, Moore 6, Goschie 4, Stalling 0, Weber 0, Smith 7, Nnoli 4, Bernhardt 0. Totals: 15 3-11 36.




ASHLAND (47) &

Heater 20, DelCarlo 0, Gida 4, Petitt 0, McKinnis 17, Siebenlist 2, Zare 0, Silbowitz 0, Pavlich 1, Van Vleck 3. Totals: 15 5-8 47.




Churchill 7 5 10 17 "" 39




Ashland 8 10 6 23 "" 47




3-point goals &

Churchill — (Smith 1), Ashland 4 (McKinnis 3, Van Vleck 1).




JV result &

Churchill won.