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Prep Basketball: Roseburg boys survive again at Grants Pass

GRANTS PASS — For the second time this season, the Roseburg High boys basketball team survived a scare at Grants Pass.

The way the Cavemen have been playing lately, the Indians don’t see that as a bad thing.

Brian Luther had the chance to give the Cavemen a lead with 3.1 seconds left, but missed the front end of a 1-and-1 at the free-throw line and the Indians escaped with a 55-52 win on Tuesday at Heater-Newman Gym.

Junior guard Carson Reid, who scored a team-high 15 points for Roseburg (15-5 overall, 6-3 Southern Oregon), grabbed Luther’s miss and put the game away with two makes at the line.

Grants Pass (6-12, 2-7), which started 0-5 in league but recently registered wins against Crater and North Medford, was led by Micah Johnson’s 17 points and Luther’s 12. The Indians had to rally to pick up a 54-50 win on Jan. 2 at Heater-Newman Gym.

“That’s one of the most improved teams I’ve seen,” Roseburg coach Craig Stinnett said. “We had to play a lot more aggressive in the second half to win it.”

Senior guard Kai Seely helped with 11 points, Alex Johnson had nine and Drew Groshong eight.

The Indians host first-place South Medford on Friday, and need a win to stay in the hunt for an SOH title.

ROSEBURG (55) — Carson Reid 15, Seely 11, Reid 15, Haskett 3, Lent 2, Johnson 9, Groshong 8, Caylor 2, Weber 5. Totals 21 7-9 55.

GRANTS PASS (52) — Micah Johnson 17, Meadows 2, Luther 12, McKinley 2, Strempel 16, Busald 2, Brennan 1. Totals 19 10-12 52.

Roseburg 11 11 22 11 — 55

Grants Pass 6 15 21 10 — 52

3-point shots — Rose. 6 (Johnson 2, Seely 1, Reid 1, Haskett 1, Groshong 1), G.P. 4 (Strempel 4). Fouls — Rose. 16, G.P. 10. JV score — Roseburg 43, Grants Pass 35.

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