A slow start wouldn't deter the South Medford boys basketball team on Tuesday night.

The Panthers fell behind early before sizzling past Grants Pass, 68-38, during Southwest Conference play at South Medford High.

South trailed 9-0 out of the gates and was behind 17-9 after the first quarter.

Riley Martin went for 17 points and three steals and Jaalen Owens added 14 points for the Panthers, who rallied to take a 30-24 halftime lead.

South’s second unit with Owens, Will Winans, Reese Fisher and Enoch Cunningham stepped up in the second quarter, Panthers head coach James Wightman said.

“They brought it,” he said.

A 22-8 run in the third by South all but sealed the victory.

Owens had seven of his points in the second quarter and Martin scored 11 of his in the third.

Winans added nine points and Chase Cota eight rebounds for the Panthers (8-14, 3-8 SWC), whose other league triumphs were also by large margins (70-48 against South Eugene and 63-46 against Willamette).

Tayler Phillips led the Cavemen (5-16, 2-8) with 19 points.

GRANTS PASS (38): Crume 4, Flaming 0, Dowd 4, Appling 0, Rund 7, Anderson 4, N. Phillips 0, Zozaya 0, Clark 0, T. Phillips 19, Lopez 0, Hubbard 0. Totals: 15 8-15 38.

SOUTH MEDFORD (68): Mitchell 8, Martin 17, Phillips 0, Owens 14, Cunningham 8, Fisher 5, Von Strahl 0, Parnell 2, Winans 9, Cota 4, Higgins 1. Totals: 27 8-14 68.

Grants Pass;17;7;8;6;—;38

South Medford;9;21;22;16;—;68

3-point goals — South Medford 6 (Martin 2, Owens 1, Cunningham 2, Fisher 1).

JV score — South Medford 58, Grants Pass 36.

NORTH MEDFORD 51, ROSEBURG 36: Seventh-ranked North Medford grabbed an early lead and used a balanced offense to register the SWC home victory.

The league-leading Black Tornado (17-5, 9-1 SWC) went out to an 18-8 first quarter lead, then after an 8-2 run to begin the fourth built the margin to 50-30.

Joey Hunter, a senior guard, led North with 13 points and Kaison Faust added 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

ROSEBURG (36): Johnson 12, Crince 8, Seely 0, Lookabaugh 2, Warmouth 8, M. Stone 4, J. Stone 0, Christner 2, Jacks 0. Totals: 12-25 6-11 36.

NORTH MEDFORD (51): Baptiste 2, Tepa 0, O’Connor 0, Hunter 13, Barry 0, Parker 0, Spence 0, Rumrey 8, Allen 8, Holmes 8, Faust 10, Ireland 2. Totals: 19-46 9-15 51.

Roseburg;8;12;8;8;—;36

North Medford;18;12;12;9;—;51

3-point goals — Roseburg 6-11 (Johnson 4, Crince 1, Warmouth 1), North Medford 4-15 (Hunter 1, Rumrey 2, Holmes 1).

JV score — North Medford 52, Roseburg 32.

CHURCHILL 62, CRATER 50: At Eugene, Kiefer Edwards had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Mason Vranes 20 points for Crater in the Midwestern League contest.

Vranes knocked down six 3-pointers for the Comets (11-10, 4-7 MWL), who trailed 32-19 at halftime against Churchill (17-4, 10-1).

CRATER (50): White 2, M. Vranes 20, Ki. Edwards 21, Weaver 5, Ko. Edwards 2, Stollings 0, Henderson 0, Horton 0, Kramer 0, Souza 0. Totals: 15 7-11 50.

CHURCHILL (62): Hall 6, Wilson 17, Warshafsky 3, Morrell 3, Jackson 4, Schwin 8, Slayton 4, Beam 2, Hoffman 13, Lewis 2. Totals: 17 17-23 62.

Crater;6;13;21;10;—;50

Churchill;19;13;13;17;—;62

3-point goals — Crater 9 (M. Vranes 6, Ki. Edwards 2, Weaver 1), Churchill 3 (Warshafsky 1, Schwin 2).

JV result — Churchill won.

EAGLE POINT 50, ASHLAND 43: At Eagle Point, Zakk Scott scored eight of his 13 points in the fourth quarter as the Eagles rallied for the Midwestern League victory.

Levi Scott added nine points, five assists and three steals and Mario Quintero drained two big fourth-quarter 3-pointers for the Eagles (10-8, 6-5 MWL), who trailed by as many as 13 in the third.

Jake Hansen scored 12 points and Malik Pippa had 10 points for Ashland (6-15, 3-8).

ASHLAND (43): Benson 0, Swanson 8, Atteberry 2, Hansen 12, Sentle 0, Fuller 9, A. Jones 0, Ellis 2, MacMillen 0, Shibley 0, Pippa 10, Andrews 0, C. Jones 0. Totals: 18 2-2 43.

EAGLE POINT (50): Nielsen 6, Rodgers 3, Perkins 0, Shopp 2, Hill 0, L. Scott 9, Z. Scott 13, Gray 6, Quintero 8, Morgan 2, Bell 1. Totals: 17 8-12 50.

Ashland;11;7;19;6;—;43

Eagle Point;11;4;16;19;—;50

3-point goals — Ashland 5 (Fuller 3, Pippa 2), Eagle Point 8 (Nielsen 2, Rodgers 1, L. Scott 1, Z. Scott 1, Gray 1, Quintero 2).

JV score — Eagle Point 38, Ashland 29.