After his team's victory over Sprague on Tuesday, North Medford's Chris Faust went home feeling disappointed about his individual effort and focus.

After his team's victory over Sprague on Tuesday, North Medford's Chris Faust went home feeling disappointed about his individual effort and focus.

That night in his room, the 6-foot-2 forward had a conversation with his father, Richard.

"We just talked about me needing to get more into it and how to get into it," Faust said.

The junior went home happy on Wednesday night.

Making his biggest impact in the first half, Faust recorded 15 points and seven rebounds as the undefeated Black Tornado held off Redmond, 49-41, to advance to the Abby's Holiday Classic championship game at South Medford High.

North (8-0) will face cross-town rival South Medford (8-1) in the title contest at 6 p.m. today. South Medford beat West Salem, 68-47, in the other semifinal game.

The Black Tornado led by as many as 14 points against the Panthers, but after a miserable third quarter, found itself on the brink of a letdown.

But Redmond's missed opportunities — and missed shots — ultimately cost the Panthers, who found themselves in a tight game late.

Connor Lau of Redmond made a layup with 5:25 to go to pull the Panthers within four. After a North miss, the junior was fouled on the ensuing possession and made both free throws, leaving the Black Tornado ahead just 35-33.

After a stretch of poor play by both teams, North knocked down eight of its 10 attempts at the charity stripe in the final 1:06. Meanwhile, Redmond went just 5-for-11 at the line in the fourth quarter and managed just three field goals.

Trailing 43-36, the Panthers were forced to foul. Led by Trey Garfas — who buried five of his six free-throw attempts in the last 1:06 — the Black Tornado sealed the deal.

"Well I knew we had to make the shots," said Garfas, who finished with eight points and five rebounds. "You don't make free throws, you can't win games."

Faust, who had five offensive rebounds, sank seven of his 10 field-goal attempts and had 12 points by the end of the second quarter, when North showcased a fierce defense that flustered Redmond. He began 6-for-6 and did not miss until the 5:35 mark in the third quarter, filling the hoop with jump shots, layups and follow-up buckets.

"I was more into it and thinking about what I needed to do before the game and then during the game, and then went out and executed," Faust said.

The Black Tornado earned a 27-15 halftime lead before the Panthers rallied in the third quarter, outscoring North 14-6 after temporarily solving the home team's full-court press. North had just one field goal, a 3-pointer by Derek Mautz, and went 1-for-10 in the forgettable frame.

The Black Tornado finished with 21 turnovers, while Redmond had 22. North was 15-for-26 at the free-throw line and outrebounded the Panthers, 38-21.

"We've got to clean up turnovers, free throws, all those things, we have not done good the last couple games," North head coach Scott Plankenhorn said. "We did a really good job in the first half and then (Redmond) got in there and fixed some things in the second half and really started to handle us and got way too many layups.

"We have a lot of things to clean up for a team that is 8-0 or whatever."

Mautz had eight points, four assists and three steals, and Michael Osmanski registered seven points, six rebounds and four assists for North. Jared Knox grabbed seven rebounds.

Center Brad Carter scored 16 for the Panthers, who play West Salem in the third-place game at 4:15 p.m. today.

Even though his squad had some hiccups on Wednesday, Plankenhorn said he can't complain about where they are today.

"No matter how we feel like we played, we are in the title game, and that's a good thing," he said.

REDMOND (41) — Carter 16, Lau 4, Mi. Dahlen 0, Gerdes 4, Pies 5, Genz 7, Manselle 2, Ma. Dahlen 3, Larkin 0. Totals: 17-43 5-12 41.

NORTH MEDFORD (49) — Ellis 3, Knox 4, Osmanski 7, Artale 3, Browne-Moore 1, Mautz 8, McEwen 0, Howitt 0, Faust 15, Garfas 8. Totals: 15-41 15-26 49.

Redmond 6 9 14 12 — 41

North Medford 12 15 6 16 — 49

3-point goals — Redmond 2-8 (Ma. Dahlen 1, Genz 1), North Medford 4-15 (Mautz 2, Knox 1, Artale 1). Fouled out — Mi. Dahlen.

BEAVERTON 64, RED BLUFF 57 — Randy Salsedo knocked down three 3-pointers and finished with 17 points and Ershad Mahmood recorded 15 points for Beaverton at the Abby's Holiday Classic.

Tyler Cady had 14 points for the Beavers. Carlos Tapia scored 17 points for Red Bluff.

RED BLUFF (57) — Hill 5, Medieros 12, Blaser 5, Robison 2, Tapia 17, Lewis 6, McInnis 10. Totals: 15 12-18 57.

BEAVERTON (64) — Cady 14, J. Cunha 0, B. Cunha 10, Marshall 4, Mahmood 15, Bettendorf 0, Richard 0, Bly 0, Lowe 2, Salsedo 17, Bradley 2. Totals: 25 9-18 64.

Red Bluff 16 13 12 16 — 57

Beaverton 19 16 18 11 — 64

3-point goals — Red Bluff 5 (Tapia 4, Hill 1), Beaverton 5 (Salsedo 3, Mahmood 1, B. Cunha 1). Fouled out — Lowe, Blaser.

SOUTH EUGENE 56, SPRAGUE 47 — Taylor Vanderkley poured in 19 points and South Eugene outscored Sprague 16-9 in the third quarter en route to a win in the Abby's Holiday Classic.

AJ Papray paced Sprague with 16 points.

South Eugene 13 12 16 15 — 56

Sprague 12 13 9 13 — 47

SOUTH EUGENE (56) — Ramsey 2, Vanderkley 19, Gaddini 0, Craig 9, Barnes 2, Dunlap 8, Honn 0, Banks 6, Thompson 2, Ausland 2, Wells 6. Totals: 24 5-12 56.

SPRAGUE (47) — Triance 9, McNally 5, Gage 2, Foote 5, Lapray 16, Kim 0, Brotton 0, Ellis 10. Totals: 18 9-10 47.

3-points goals — South Eugene 3 (Vanderkley 3), Sprague 2 (Triance 1, Foote 1).

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