KLAMATH FALLS &

It was as though Klamath Union's boys basketball team did not have enough troubles, not having played a game since Dec. 28.




Ashland made the Pelicans' woes even deeper with solid defense and a brilliant shooting run that, at one points, including 12 straight field goals, as the Grizzlies remained unbeaten in Southern Sky Conference play with a 51-31 rout.




While the Grizzlies completed the first third of their league season at 4-0, KU finally had a chance to open its league season at Pelican Court.




"Coming from a four-game winning streak and then having all that snow, it upset our rhythm," KU junior Arlen Wilder said after the Pels went 12-for-42 from the floor, including a 1-for-16 effort from behind the three-point arc.




"That's totally normal for a team that has not played for awhile," KU coach Bret Crawford said. "Plus, that's a good basketball team that is 4-0 in the league now."




KU missed its first 10 shots and finally found its way to the scoreboard when Randy Denson scored with four seconds left in the first quarter.




When Mark Brooks scored to open the second period, KU trailed just 8-4.




Later in the period, KU cut Ashland's lead to 15-10, and then the Grizzlies unloaded and scored on their final five possessions of the first half.




In the third quarter, Ashland made its first seven field-goal tries and finished the period 10-for-12 from the floor and had two turnovers to pull away from KU.




"Our defense came along good, but our shots," Wilder said. "We tried to rush it and not take our time."




While the Pels pressed, Ashland adroitly moved the basketball for the open shots it knocked down.




"In the third quarter, they blew us out," Crawford said. "For us to get back into the game, we needed to do what Ashland did. Our defense was there, but we needed to make some baskets to go with it.




"If we get a couple of baskets, we have been OK."




KU tried to press and force Ashland to run early, but the inability to make layups &

the Pels missed six in the first quarter &

proved costly in a game in which KU was able to neutralize Ashland's height advantage.




Dillon Thigpen scored nine of his game-high 15 points in the first half as Ashland took early control of the game. He was the catalyst when the Grizzlies began to pull away in the second period.




Garrett Tygerson also scored in double figures for Ashland, while Eric Chadderdon finished with 10 KU points.




ASHLAND (51) &

Thigpen 7-13 0-1 15, Javna 3-9 0-0 6, Clement5 1-2 0-0 2, Tygerson 4-6 2-3 11, Lipski 4-5 0-0 8, Sebrell 1-1 1-1 3, Pavlich




1-2 0-0 2, Mokowitz 1-2 0-1 2, Amrhein 0-1 0-0 0, Raymond 1-2 0-1 2, Wilson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 23-45 3-7 51.




KLAMATH UNION (31) &

Foster 0-2 0-0 0, Brooks 1-3 0-2 2, Lundy 0-4 0-0 0, Chadderdon 3-13 4-5 10,Gallagher 2-3 0-0 5, Denson 3-6 1-1 7, Amos 0-2 0-0 0, Bartolomei 2-6 1-1 5, Wilder 1-2 0-0 2, McLaughlin 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 12-42 6-9 31.




Ashland 815244""51




Klamath Union21298""31




3-point goals: Ashland 2-9 (Tygerson 1-1, Thigpen 1-5, Clement 0-1, Javna 0-2), Klamath Union 1-16 (Gallagher 1-2, Foster 0-1, Brooks 0-1, Lundy 0-2, Denson 0-2, Bartolomei 0-2, Chadderdon 0-6).




Rebounds: Ashland 27 (Lipski 5, Raymond 4, Sebrell 3, Moskowitz 2), Klamath Union 26 (Bartolomei 5, Brooks 4, Chadderdon 4, Amos 2).




Assists: Ashland 7 (Lipski 3, Clement 2), Klamath Union — (Lundy).




Steals: Ashland 5 (Javna 2, Clement, Tygerson, Lipski, Moskowitz), Klamath Union 4 (Lundy 2, Brooks, Denson). Blocked shots: Ashland — (Lipski). Turnovers: Ashland 8, Klamath Union 18. Personal fouls:




Ashland 13, Klamath Union 10. Technical fouls: none. Fouled out: none.




JV game &

Ashland 73, Klamath Union 60.




is the sports editor of the Klamath Falls Herald and News.