Adam Jones scored 25 points and sophomore Lowell Saulsbury hit a clutch 3-pointer with under a minute to go to ice the game as Ashland beat Grants Pass 71-61 in nonleague boys basketball action Wednesday at Mountain Avenue Gym.
Jones hit seven 3-pointers, including three in the fourth quarter, to help the Grizzlies take down a Class 6A foe and pick up their third win in a row to climb over .500 (3-2) for the first time this season.
“It was such a great defensive effort the whole game,” Ashland coach Sam Osofsky said. “We were outmatched physically inside by a lot and we knew that they had really strong guard play. We put together a game plan that we thought could keep the ball out of the middle and force them to make some tough decisions and I thought we executed it well.”
That game plan called for man-to-man defense against a Grants Pass team that had three players who stand 6-foot-4, 6-5, and 6-6. Saulsbury was a big part of that. Besides his key shot, the 6-2 forward limited the 6-6 Tayler Phillips to 16 points — none in the fourth quarter.
“We had a game plan of execution and bringing help,” Osofsky said, “and they were consistently in the right spots and made it real difficult for (Phillips).”
Also for Ashland, Anthony Swanson scored 16 points and KJ Pippa and Gabe Ekwall added eight apiece.
Taylor Anderson added 13 points and Tyler Rund 12 for the Cavers (1-3).
“To get three (wins) in a row for us and to have a winning record is huge,” Osofsky said. “As we’ve gone through this rebuilding process the last couple years learning how to win is not easy. I think they believe in themselves and are really taking ownership of this season, and it’s so great to see them do the necessary things to have the scoreboard in our favor when it’s all said and done.”
Joe Zavala is a reporter for the Ashland Daily Tidings. Reach him at 541-821-0829 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Joe_Zavala99.