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  • PREP BASKETBALL

    Back to the finals

    Big nights from Grimes, Singler push Panthers into state championship game
  • EUGENE — Fourth-ranked Jesuit played pick-your-poison with Jon Grimes on Friday night, and the South Medford senior killed the Crusaders' title hopes.
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  • EUGENE — Fourth-ranked Jesuit played pick-your-poison with Jon Grimes on Friday night, and the South Medford senior killed the Crusaders' title hopes.
    Known more as a defensive stopper, Grimes burned both ends of the candle in the semifinals of the Class 6A boys basketball state tournament here at McArthur Court.
    The 6-foot-2 wing drilled 6 of 9 shots for 15 points and shut down Jesuit's leading scorer to help the Panthers advance to their second straight championship game with a 70-51 rout in front of 7,032 fans.
    "Grimes was huge for them," said Jesuit coach Gene Potter. "We thought we've got to try to take (Kyle) Singler away inside as much as we can and (Grimes) stepped up and made a lot of big shots in the first half."
    Grimes led the second-ranked Panthers with eight points in the first half as South opened a 28-19 advantage by halftime. His 3-pointer kicked off a 12-0 run to start the game for the Panthers to immediately put Jesuit on its heels.
    "I'm just so happy for Jon because he's a kid that's truly overachieved," said South Medford coach Dennis Murphy. "Hopefully he can overachieve one more time."
    Murphy obviously was alluding to tonight's Class 6A final, which will be a repeat of last year's classic with top-ranked Lake Oswego (26-1). Tipoff is slated for 8:30 p.m., with doors opening for the final session at 5:30 p.m.
    Only general admission tickets are still available at Mac Court, at a cost of $7 for adults and $5 for children. There are approximately 2,600 tickets left for the championship final session for Class 5A and 6A. North Eugene and Roosevelt will play for the 5A title at 6:30 p.m.
    Tonight's 6A championship will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest (Ch. 23), with the Mail Tribune also providing a live blog of the game at mailtribune.com. Radio broadcast is also available at 105.1-FM.
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