• South Medford boys fall flat in season opener

  • EUGENE — South Medford's boys basketball team figured to experience some growing pains this season and South Eugene made sure of that Tuesday in the Panthers' season opener.
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  • EUGENE — South Medford's boys basketball team figured to experience some growing pains this season and South Eugene made sure of that Tuesday in the Panthers' season opener.
    The Axemen looked very much like a team destined to improve to 3-0 and South Medford couldn't match that rhythm in a 64-53 loss at South Eugene High.
    South Eugene sophomore Eli Lininger lived up to his billing as one of the top sophomores in the state, with the 6-foot-5 left-hander dropping in 33 points to lead the charge.
    "We got behind early and never caught up," said Panthers head coach Dennis Murphy, "and we just did not have an answer for the Lininger kid, obviously. We looked like a basketball team that was playing our first game. We had 20 turnovers and we didn't shoot the ball very well at all."
    Only seniors Adrian Garcia and Jesse Mondry return with varsity experience for South Medford (0-1), with Mark Winans, a transfer from North Medford, also boasting varsity experience. The trio combined for 27 points, with Winans' 14 points pacing the group.
    Junior wing Bryson Carpenter added 10 points for the Panthers, who were outrebounded 31-17 by the Axemen and shot 6-for-22 from 3-point range. South Eugene (3-0) led by only three points through one quarter but used an 18-11 surge in the second quarter to provide a cushion.
    SOUTH MEDFORD (53) — Winans 14, Carpenter 10, Mondry 8, Keepes 6, Toreson 6, Garcia 5, Massey 2, Lallo 2, Robertson 0, Orndoff 0. Totals: 21-48 5-9 53.
    SOUTH EUGENE (64) — Lininger 33, Green-Richards 13, ChubbFertal 9, Kiplinger 2, Thompson 5, Richardson 2, Strgar 0, Moran 0, Bassett 0, O'Neil 0, Lea 0. Totals: 24-45 13-22 64.
    South Medford 18 11 10 14 — 53
    South Eugene 21 18 12 13 — 64
    3-point goals — South Medford 6 (Carpenter 2, Toreson 1, Garcia 1, Winans 2), South Eugene 3 (Green-Richards 2, ChubbFertal 1). Fouled out — Toreson.
    JV score — South Medford 43, South Eugene 33.
    BEND 60, GRANTS PASS 49 — At Grants Pass, Connor Scott poured in 27 points to lead Bend to the nonconference win.
    Micah Johnson and Brian Luther each scored 12 points to pace Grants Pass (0-3), which committed more than 20 turnovers to hinder its cause.
    BEND (60) — Scott 27, Beaumarchais 4, Ricker 2, Spitler 1, Robinson 12, Connell 7, Larson 7, Johnson 0, Kearsley. Totals: 24 7-13 60.
    GRANTS PASS (49) — Johnson 12, Luther 12, Brooks 7, McKinley 4, Strempel 5, Busald 3, Musser 2, Brennan 1, Weiss 3, Iwamizu 0, Ryan 0, Jensen 0, Meadows 0. Totals: 16 12-16 49.
    Bend 17 11 14 18 — 60
    Grants Pass 10 18 9 12 — 49
    3-point goals — Bend 5 (Scott 2, Robinson 2, Larson 1), Grants Pass 5 (Brooks 1, McKinley 1, Strempel 1, Busald 1, Weiss 1).
    JV result — Grants Pass won.
    ASHLAND 64, MAZAMA 56 — At Ashland, Gabe Stanely scored a game-high 23 points and Quaid Walters scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter as Ashland battled back from a 13-point deficit to pick up its first win after an 0-3 start.
    The Grizzlies, who trailed 44-40 entering the fourth quarter, hit five of their 10 3-pointers in the final frame to pull away. Steen Fredrickson helped Ashland's cause by scoring 11 points.
    Mazama fell to 2-2.
    MAZAMA (56) — Ford 13, Marquit 13, Alaquinez 4, Moore 7, Healy 2, Crowell 17. Totals: 24 6-10 56.
    ASHLAND (64) — Malcolm 0, Kaegi 5, Kandaris 2, Fredrickson 11, Walters 15, Feinberg 3, Layton 5, Crenshaw 0, Stanely 23. Totals: 25 4-6 64.
    Mazama 23 9 12 12 — 56
    Ashland 14 16 10 24 — 64
    3-point goals — Mazama 2 (Ford 1, Moore 1), Ashland 10 (Kaegi 1, Fredrickson 2, Walters 3, Feinberg 1, Layton 1, Stanely 2).
    JV score — Ashland 64, Mazama 44.
    NORTH VALLEY 74, SOUTH UMPQUA 46 — At Merlin, Cameron Lyon had 18 points and J.J. Chirnside 17 for North Valley in nonconference play.
    Chirnside finished with eight rebounds and Lyon three assists for the Knights (3-0), who led 39-19 at halftime.
    Wyatt McCue added 13 points, Chris Morsa 10 points, Kevin Brazille six points, six assists and three steals and Tristan Burke six points, six rebounds, three steals and three assists.
    SOUTH UMPQUA (46) — Yarbrough 11, Ball 10, Page 7, B. Johnson 8, E. Johnson 5, Loper 3, Parker 2, Holloway 0, Rudy 0, Phillips 0. Totals: 17 7-14 46.
    NORTH VALLEY (74) — Cameron Lyon 18, Churnside 17, McCue 13, Morsa 10, Brazille 6, Burke 6, Olmstead 2, Calzada 2, Thompson 0, Tappan 0, Vodicka 0, Eskitgis 0, Nelson 0, Pina 0. Totals: 32 5-10 74.
    South Umpqua 9 10 18 9 — 46
    North Valley 19 20 25 10 — 74
    3-point goals — South Umpqua 5 (Ball 2, Yarbrough 1, E. Johnson 1, Loper 1), North Valley 5 (Morsa 2, Lyon 2, McCue 1). Technical foul — South Umpqua head coach.
    JV score — North Valley 55, South Umpqua 35.
    ST. MARY'S 61, NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN 38 — Junior Kade Benton had 30 points, including 17 in the third quarter, to propel St. Mary's in nonconference play.
    Benton, who made all eight of his free throws, finished with six rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
    Michael Gambee turned in nine points, Connor Vinyard eight points, eight rebounds and two blocks and Glenn Alvarez six assists for the Crusaders (2-2), who used a 23-7 run in the third to pull away.
    NEW HOPE (38) — Huttema 1, Albright 6, Shields 2, Abbott 18, Rossiter 11, Merlos 0. Totals: 17 3-11 38.
    ST. MARY'S (61) — Alvarez 2, Marchini 3, Gambee 9, Lewis 2, Benton 30, Li 2, Vinyard 8, Crennen 5, Robino 0, Conway 0, Eaton 0, Chen. Totals: 22 11-13 61.
    New Hope 6 12 7 13 — 38
    St. Mary's 6 17 23 15 — 61
    3-point goals — New Hope 1 (Abbott 1), St. Mary's 6 (Marchini 1, Gambee 2, Benton 2, Vinyard 1). Fouled out — Merlos. Technical fouls — Alvarez, Albright.
    JV score — St. Mary's 73, New Hope 33.
    REEDSPORT 43, ROGUE RIVER 36 — At Reedsport, Shawn Donahue led Rogue River (0-2) with 17 points in nonleague play.
    Montana Frame had 15 points for Reedsport (1-3), which outrebounded the Chieftains 36-23.
    ROGUE RIVER (36) — Donahue 17, Valencia 7, Campbell 4, McFetridge 0, Ehrhardt 4, Strickland 4, Perston 2, Schmidt 0, Milligan 0, Gretz 2, Lawson 0. Totals: 15 4-4 36.
    REEDSPORT (43) — Frame 15, Strowbridge 14, Mitchell 6, Hixenbaugh 2, Allen 2, Smith 2, James 0, Ryan 2. Totals: 11 18-29 43.
    Rogue River 7 8 4 17 — 36
    Reedsport 16 5 4 18 — 43
    3-point goals — Rogue River 2 (Valencia 1, Ehrhardt 1), Reedsport 3 (Strowbridge 2, Frame 1). Fouled out — Valencia. Technical fouls — Valencia.
    JV score — Rogue River 37, Reedsport 35.
    ILLINOIS VALLEY 48, NORTH DOUGLAS 24 — At Drain, Illinois Valley's Mack Epple turned in 16 points and the Cougars recorded 16 steals in nonleague play.
    Chaise Robbins and Zach Welch had seven apiece for Illinois Valley (1-1).
    ILLINOIS VALLEY (48) — Hoelzle 5, Sanchez 6, Epple 17, Welch 7, Robbins 7, Nordal 2, Doyle 2, Worley 2, Davis 0. Totals: 21 4-10 48.
    NORTH DOUGLAS (24) — Gilmore 3, Derrick 4, Huckins 7, Cain 6, Burris 4, Rundell 0, Black 0, LaCosso 0, Wooley 0, Nash 0. Totals: 9 5-8 24.
    Illinois Valley 8 7 16 17 — 48
    North Douglas 0 8 8 8 — 24
    3-point goals — North Douglas 2 (Welch 1, Hoelzle 1), North Douglas 1 (Huckins 1).
    JV score — Illinois Valley 31, North Douglas 18.
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