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Days Creek rallies past Riddle, 45-43, wins Skyline tournament

February 18, 2019

COOS BAY — The Days Creek boys basketball team won the Skyline League tournament championship with a thrilling 45-43 victory over Riddle on Saturday night at Marshfield High School.

Caleb Kruzic took an inbounds pass around half-court and hit a 3-point field goal with 1.6 seconds left to give the Wolves (20-5 overall) the lead and win.

Nate Hopkins missed a 3-point shot from just inside half-court for the Irish (22-4) as time expired.

“It was a great win,” Days Creek coach James Ellis said. “It was back and forth, just like the first time we played them (a 44-43 D.C. win at Riddle). Caleb Kruzic hit a deep 3 off the dribble.”

Sophomore Zane DeGroot led Days Creek with 18 points — 15 coming in the second half — and Kruzic finished with 12. Blake Ellis had six points and five assists. The Wolves hit 11 3-pointers, four each by DeGroot and Kruzic.

“Zane (DeGroot) was a man tonight,” coach Ellis said. “He shot the ball well and had it going. He had eight points in the fourth quarter.”

Freshman Mario Gianotti scored 15 points for the Irish and Dylan McFadden had 14. Hopkins, Riddle’s leading scorer on the season, was held to 10 points.

James Ellis said the Wolves trailed by four points with about 1 1/2 minutes left in the contest, but a 3-pointer by Blake Ellis started the comeback.

Riddle will host North Lake on Tuesday in a 1A first-round playoff game. Days Creek will host a second-round game Friday against an opponent to be determined.

DAYS CREEK (45) — Zane DeGroot 18, Kruzic 12, Ellis 6, Whetzel 4, Muir 3, Martin 2. Totals 14 6-6 45.

RIDDLE (43) — Mario Gianotti 15, McFadden 14, Hopkins 10, McMichael 2, Myers 2, Co. Greer. Totals 19 4-9 43.

Days Creek;8;6;10;21;—;45

Riddle;4;11;16;12;—;43

3-Point Goals — D.C. 11 (DeGroot 4, Kruzic 4, Ellis 2, Muir 1), Rid. 1 (Gianotti). Total Fouls — D.C. 12, Rid. 10.