With the Southern Oregon Hybrid season just around the corner, the South Medford boys basketball team wanted to end its preseason on a high note.

With the Southern Oregon Hybrid season just around the corner, the South Medford boys basketball team wanted to end its preseason on a high note.

It did just that, downing Thurston, 61-43, to claim third place in the Abby's Holiday Classic at North Medford High Friday.

South Medford opened the season with a 65-57 road victory over Thurston.

"The important thing, having lost last night, was to come back and win today so we head into league on a good note," said Panthers coach Dennis Murphy.

South hosts Roseburg in its league opener Tuesday.

South Medford made only 21 percent of its field goals in a 48-33 semifinal loss to Sprague. But it rebounded and ran its record to 8-2, "which isn't bad," said Murphy.

Jack Singler scored 24 points, Matt Retzlaff had 12 and Jack Delaney turned in 11, all showing improvement from the night before.

"We talked about us not getting any of those shots back from yesterday," said Murphy, "but we'd get good shots again today and we have to make them."

The Panthers were 23 of 48 against Thurston, while Singler was 10 of 17 en route to a career high. He scored 17 in the first half, helping to build a 32-21 halftime edge.

"When he brings that kind of effort and that kind of energy and competes like that, he's a much better player and we're a much better team," said Murphy. "And we need him to do that. He showed a little hop in his step and grit."

Delaney added six rebounds and Retzlaff six assists.

Caleb Wilson scored 14 points for Thurston (2-6).

SOUTH MEDFORD (61) — Sarsona 2, Retzlaff 12, McCoy 2, Johnson 0, Delaney 11, Singler 24, Jimenez 3, Garcia 5, Cooney 0, Curtius 2. Totals: 23-53 10-14 61.

THURSTON (43) — Mesecher 5, Lillingston 0, Austin 6, Bell 0, Cowdin 6, Wilson 14, Downes 3, Car. Cook 2, Cam. Cook 7. Totals: 17-47 5-17 43.

South Medford 20 12 15 14 — 61

Thurston 13 8 15 7 — 43

3-point goals — South Medford 5-12 (Retzlaff 2, Delaney 1, Singler 1, Jiminez 1), Thurston 4-10 (Mesecher 1, Wilson 3).

WEST SALEM 66, SOUTH EUGENE 48 — West Salem took fourth place as Alex Roth led second-half surge at North Medford High.

With the two teams tied at 30 at halftime, Roth came out and score nine of his 24 points in the third as the Titans (6-6) built an eight-point advantage.

Sixth-place South Eugene (1-7) got 14 points from Jake Mather.

WEST SALEM (66) — Whitenack 9, Dhindsa 0, Roth 24, Cavell 4, Singh 6, Snow 5, Garthwaite 8, Poland 4, Gray 0, Ashley 6. Totals: 26-43 11-20 66.

SOUTH EUGENE (48) — Barnes 3, Green-Richards 7, Neel 0, Moran 0, Smith 0, Lininger 5, Young 2, Mather 14, Schinder 0, Gilland 11, Richardson 6. Totals: 18-56 7-10 48.

West Salem 12 18 18 18 — 66

South Eugene 20 10 10 8 — 48

3-point goals — West Salem 3-6 (Roth 2, Snow 1), South Eugene 5-18 (Green-Richards 1, Lininger 1, Mather 2, Gilland 1).

GLENCOE 62, RED BLUFF 42 — Glencoe (3-7) gained its first win of the tournament to place seventh, while Red Bluff, Calif., dropped to eighth with its eighth loss in 12 games.

Matt Fields (13), Alex Blaylock (12) and Kurtis Campbell (11) led a balanced scoring attack for Glencoe of Hillsboro.

Taylor Blaser scored 16 for Red Bluff.

GLENCOE (62) — Gardner 4, Johnson 4, Barr 0, Van Roekel 8, Fields 13, Campbell 11, Larry 8, Blaylock 12, Becker 2, Petersen 0, Melanson 0. Totals: 23-41 12-18 62.

RED BLUFF (42) — Sinclair 2, Ross 5, Blaser 16, Burns 7, Nichols 3, Avila 2, Sandow 0, Fulk 0, McInnis 7. Totals: 16-43 6-14 42.

Glencoe 16 14 16 16 — 62

Red Bluff 14 8 9 11 — 42

3-point goals — Glencoe 4-7 (Fields 2, Campbell 2), Red Bluff 4-16 (Ross 1, Blaser 2, Nichols 1).