Bulldogs finish second at Klash
- Billy Gates
- Madras Pioneer - Sports
>Team picks up two winsThe Culver boys basketball team picked up a second-place finish at the Klamath Klash tournament, which conlcuded with a 64-50 loss to Gold Beach in the tournament championship game Saturday at Mazama High School.
The Bulldogs picked up wins on both Thursday and Friday to advance to the title game. They pounded Lost River for the second-straight time, 60-42, to open the tournament Thursday, then upended Chiloquin in Friday's semifinals, 66-45.
The 2-1 mark at the tournament moved the Bulldogs to 5-3 on the year.
Gold Beach 64, Culver 50
Gold Beach raced out to a 17-5 first-quarter lead and never looked back on its way to the tournament championship.
Something the Bulldogs haven't been doing with regularity this season is hitting perimeter shots, but they drilled seven longballs against the Panthers after playing from behind all night long.
Senior guard Ryan Fritz drained four 3-pointers while Clay Gibson knocked down three of the long-range shots.
Gibson finished the game with a team-high 17 points and nine rebounds while Fritz scored 14 and dishes out five assists in the game. Gerson Gonzalez scored 11 points to be the third Culver player to score in double figures.
If it wasn't for that dreadful first frame, Culver played the Panthers close the rest of the game. The Panthers outscored the Bulldogs by two, 47-45
Gold Beach's Garrett Litterell scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Panthers to the championship.
Culver 66, Chiloquin 45
Gonzalez had another huge night for the Bulldogs, scoring 38 points and hauling in nine rebounds to pave the way in the semifinal win Friday night. Gibson score 12 points and Jon Slaght chipped in seven points for the Bulldogs.
Culver opened the game hot, taking a 14-8 lead after the first period, then really pushing the gas pedal down to stretch the lead to 32-15 at the half.
The Bulldogs hit seven 3-pointers in the contest, with Gonzalez connecting on three.
Culver 60, Lost River 42
Slaght led the way for the Bulldogs with 17 points in Culver's second consecutive win against the Raiders on Thursday in the first round of the Klamath Klash.
Culver beat Lost River 62-31 in the third-place game of the Culver Booster Club Invitational last Saturday in Culver.
To go with Slaght's big night, Gibson notched a double-double, with 13 points and 13 rebounds, and also had five steals and four assists for a nice all-round performance. Gonzalez scored 15, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out six assists.