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North Medford's struggles in boys basketball continued Tuesday night.
The Black Tornado led visiting Roseburg most of the game, but a flurry of turnovers late in regulation and overtime contributed to a 44-36 home defeat.
North Medford, which has lost six of its last seven games, will host a Class 6A state play-in game Friday.
The Black Tornado (13-10, 4-9 SOH) held leads of 17-12 at halftime and 27-20 going into the fourth quarter. But the Indians outscored the Black Tornado 15-8 in the final period and 9-1 in overtime.
North shot 16 of 47 (34 percent) from the field, while Roseburg was 17 of 47.
"It's a funny game," said North Medford seventh-year coach Scott Plankenhorn. "We controlled the game for the most part. Our defense was pretty solid, but they couldn't shoot either. That's why we were winning."
North committed nine of its 16 turnovers in the final two minutes and overtime.
Julian Gray's layup gave the Black Tornado a four-point lead with just over one minute to go in regulation but Roseburg inbounded the ball quickly and got a transition basket to cut the margin back to two.
"A big part was we didn't get back on defense against a team that doesn't usually play fastbreak basketball," said Plankenhorn. "Our guys just blanked on what we were doing. Then we couldn't inbound the ball or throw it to each other. It became an ugly affair with two minutes to go and in overtime."
The Indians tied the game 44-all with about 40 second to go. North Medford worked clock down before Aaron Browne-Moore missed a 17-footer from the baseline with seven seconds left.
"We were spacing the floor," said Plankenhorn, about North's final possession in regulation. "Roseburg went for a steal and (Brian) Bush got down the lane, kicking it to Browne-Moore, who got a fairly good look."
North's futility continued in overtime as Roseburg jumped out to a 5-0 lead. The Black Tornado's only point came on a free throw by Gray.
Sophomore Tristen Holmes paced North Medford in scoring with 10 points and Oshea Bailey grabbed a team-best seven rebounds.
"We took a nice lead into the fourth quarter, but we just didn't finish," lamented Plankenhorn. "We've been close. It's been a chore getting over the hump."
ROSEBURG (44) — Seely 5, Reid 12, Haskett 0, Lent 4, Johnson 3, Groshong 0, Caylor 11, Weber 9. Totals: 17-47 7-12 44.
NORTH MEDFORD (36) — Gray 5, Bush 5, Klug 0, Bailey 4, Holmes 10, Polataivao 2, Browne-Moore 2, Knox 8, Sherbourne 0. Totals: 16-47 3-4 36.
Roseburg 8 4 8 15 9 — 44
North Medford 9 8 10 8 1 — 36
3-point goals — Roseburg 3-15 (Seely 1, Reid 1, Caylor 1), North Medford 1-12 (Bush 1).
JV score — North Medford 63, Roseburg 55.