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Warriors defeat Nixyaawii

Warriors win one of three games over weekend

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Aaron Phillips drives tothe basket against Dufur.

The Crook County Christian/Central Christian boys basketball team won only one of their three games this last week, but according to Head Coach Jason Riste are making progress.
   The Warriors fell to Sherman County High School on Friday, Jan. 18, 81-66, and then rebounded to beat Nixyaawii, 70-65 on Saturday, before falling to Dufur on Monday 69-60.
   "Maturity," said Riste. "We went from Sherman losing by 15, but fighting back in the second half to Nixyaawii playing ball control and turning the ball over only seven times and getting a win. And then coming here and taking on a team that we lost to by 40 points a week ago and playing them this tight."
   The Warriors dropped to 2-7 in the Big Sky League and 4-11 overall, but are focusing on improvement more than wins.
   "I think we really broke through a wall against Sherman County," said senior guard Aaron Phillips. "We just continued it against Nixyaawii and beyond. We're getting there."
   Phillips had a huge weekend, scoring 32 points against Sherman County, 31 at Nixyaawii, and 34 against Dufur, and even though the weekend produced only one win the team believes that they have taken a giant step forward.
   "Phillips and Tim Clements have not only sparked the team, but they've stepped their play up as well," Riste said. "We are seeing a lot of maturity right now and we are seeing it from our sophomores as well so that's a big positive."
   The Warriors have a busy week of basketball coming up. They take on Horizon Christian in Hood River on Friday, then play Echo at Crook County Middle School on Saturday with a scheduled 3 p.m. tip-off, and then play South Wasco on back-to-back nights on Monday and Tuesday of next week. The busy schedule was forced to make up games that were postponed by snow earlier in January.
   "The end of this season is directed at making sure that everybody understands that you won't look past Central Christian again," said Riste. "When you come to play us you are going to have to play, you are going to have to plan for us."
   Friday, Jan. 18
   Sherman County (81) -Walker Kaseberg 28, Mobly 15, Moore 10, Stroud 10, Edson 7, McCullough 6, Wood 4, Brown 1. Totals 31 19-33 81.
   Crook County Christian/Central Christian (66) -Aaron Phillips 31, K. Woods 11, McCarty 7, Uptain 6, Clements 5, Rocco 4, C. Woods 2. Totals 24 17-29 66.
   Sherman County 22 16 22 21 - 81
   CCC/CC 11 14 13 26 - 66
   Three-point goals - CCC/CC: Phillips 1.
   Saturday, Jan. 19
   CCC/CC - Aaron Phillips 32, C. Woods 10, Luloff 2, Uptain 12, Rocco 2, Clements 12. Totals 27 12-16 70.
   Nixyaawii (65) - Denny 2, S. Simpson 26, Robinson 6, Case 17, VanPelt 14. Totals 25 12-18 65.
   CCC/CC 18 14 24 14 - 70
   Nixyaawii 10 24 17 14 - 65
   three-point goals - CCC/CC: Phillips 4. Nixyaawii: Case 3, Robinson 1, Simpson 1.
   Monday, Jan 21
   Dufur (69) - C.J. Forrest 22, Hammel 16, Tibbets 9, Frischman 6, Miller 6, Meanus 6, S. Begay 4, J. Begay. Totals 30 9-21 69.
   CCC/CC (60) - Aaron Phillips 34, K. Wood 13, Uptain 6, Rocco 4, McCarty 2, Clements 1, Rodriquez, C. Wood, Luloff. Totals 21 15-23 60.
   Dufur 19 18 11 21 - 69
   CCC/CC 16 16 12 16 - 60
   Three-point goals - Dufur: none. CCC/CC: Phillips 3.