SALEM — The North Medford boys basketball team faced a stiff early season challenge — a long road trip followed by a tough opponent — and fell short Saturday, losing 68-61 to West Salem in a nonleague game.

After trailing by double digits in the second half, North cut the lead to six in the final minute but missed a good look at a 3-pointer and couldn’t get closer.

Kaison Faust, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, finished with 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Black Tornado (2-1), which committed 21 turnovers and shot just 7 of 27 from behind the 3-point arc.

“We kept ourselves in the game even though we weren’t playing to the best of our abilities,” North coach Scott Plankenhorn said.

“That’s not gonna cut it,” he added.

North struggled to contain West Salem’s Kyle Greeley, a 6-foot-5 senior who is one of the best players in the state, Plankenhorn said. Greeley scored 22 to lead the Titans (2-1).

Senior guards Quinton Rumrey (14 points) and Oscar Banuelos (12 points) were standouts for North.

NORTH MEDFORD (61): Wells 0, Banuelos 12, Rumrey 14, Thomas 3, O’Connor 2, Orozco-Bernal 1, Parker 3, Faust 24, Spence 2. Totals 22 10-17 61.

WEST SALEM (68): Thompson 0, Bulgin 15, Robertson 6, Greeley 22, Cooper 0, Schoonover 3, Scoggin 8, Miller 14. Totals 20 25-32 68.

North Medford;14;10;19;18;—;61

West Salem;11;17;24;16;—;68

3-point goals — North Medford 7 (Banuelos 3, Rumrey 2, Thomas 1, Parker 1); West Salem 3 (Bulgin 1, Greeley 2). Technical foul — Bulgin. Fouled out — Thomas.

JV result — West Salem won 63-57.

SUMMIT 74, SOUTH MEDFORD 64: At Bend, South Medford made a huge run in the fourth quarter but could not overcome a massive deficit fueled by turnovers in a nonleague loss to Summit.

The Panthers (1-2) received solid inside play from 6-foot-9 senior post Jesse Higgins, who had 18 points, and 6-4 senior post Nick Randleman, who scored 16.

SOUTH MEDFORD (64): Hunter 13, A. Boster 5, DeBoer 0, Owens 0, T. Boster 3, Losinski 4, Fealey 3, English 2, Randleman 16, Higgins 18. Totals 25 7-12 64.

SUMMIT (74): Tompkins 14, Blea 13, Mickel 5, Dugan 0, Doan 2, Cody 4, Hicks 9, Heimuller 6, Scalley 4, Buresh 1, Klecker 16. Totals 28 12-14 74.

South Medford;15;23;27;9;—;74

Summit;17;13;9;25;—;64

3-point goals — South Medford 7 (Hunter 4, A. Boster 1, T. Boster 1, Fealey 1); Summit 6 (Tompkins 2, Blea 1, Mickel 1, Klecker 2). Fouled out — Klecker.

JV result — Summit won.

CRATER 53, RIDGEVIEW 36: At Central Point, Crater won for the third time in as many days in its home tournament, the Crater Invitational, knocking off Ridgeview.

Kiefer Edwards had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Comets (6-0), who were the only team among the six in the round-robin tournament to win all three of their games.

Nate Bittle had four blocked shots to spark an inspired defensive effort by Crater, while Jayden Vranes added 12 points, four assists and three steals.

RIDGEVIEW (36): Wright 11, Schneider 5, Nelson 3, Olson 4, Davis 13. Totals 13 7-12 36.

CRATER (53): J. Vranes 12, M. Vranes 10, Ki. Edwards 21, Archer 0, Hollingsworth 0, Kr. Edwards 0, Johnson 0, Weaver 5, Stollings 0, Bittle 5. Totals 21 9-15 53.

Ridgeview;6;9;6;15;—;36

Crater;17;6;16;14;—;53

3-point goals — Crater 2 (Edwards 1, Bittle 1); Ridgeview 3 (Wright 1, Schneider 1, Nelson 1).

ASHLAND 44, NORTH VALLEYS (NEV.) 42: At South Lake Tahoe, Nev., Adam Jones scored 14 of his game-high 17 points in the third quarter to help rally Ashland to its second win in two days at the George Whittelll Tournament.

The Grizzlies (2-2) trailed 25-18 at halftime.

Jones connected on four 3-pointers in the third period as Ashland pulled even heading into the final stanza.

ASHLAND (44): Pippa 9, Swanson 12, Wallner-Sentle 3, Jones 17, Shibley 0, Saulsbury 3, C. Jones 0.

NORTH VALLEYS (42): Aero 4, Bruner 0, Lawson 0, Grill 14, Buckner 9, Duggins 10, Karch 1, Parry 4.

Ashland;11;7;18;8;—;44

North Valleys;12;13;11;6;—42

ELMIRA 55, PHOENIX 42: At Elmira, Phoenix outscored the host team 26-25 in the second half but could not make up a big halftime deficit in the nonconference game.

Ethan Hutsell had eight points to pace the Pirates (1-2), who trailed 30-16 at the break.

PHOENIX (42): Martinez 3, Serna 3, Bre. Watts 5, Goff 3, Hutsell 8, Reyes 3, Mendez, 0, Bra. Watts 3, Peterson 2, Gail 7, Botermans 5. Totals: 22 5-10 42.

ELMIRA (55): Ossowski 2, Olson 0, Cook 10, Smith 25, Davis 2, Storey 3, Duquette 2, Bender 8, Delamater 3.

Phoenix;8;8;11;15;—;42

Elmira;22;8;14;11;—;55

3-point goals — Phoenix 5 (Martinez 1, Serna 1, Bre. Watts 1, Goff 1, Bra. Watts 1), Elmira 1 (Cook 1), .

CATLIN GABEL 55, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 48 (OT): At Tigard, Catlin Gabel knocked down 11 of 13 free throw attempts in overtime to surge past Cascade Christian in the fourth-place game of the Academy Mortgage Invitational at Westside Christian High.

Joel McLemore had 18 points and Tyler Cochran scored 11 for the Challengers (1-2).

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (48): Reece 6, Crowl 2, Dunn 8, H. Schaan 0, K. Schaan 1, Cochran 11, McLemore 18, Dexter 0, Flores-Alatorre 2. Totals 18 9-17 48.

CATLIN GABEL (55): Sheng 6, McGautha 14, Hoffman 14, Dean 2, Zeller 6, Agapiev 8, Traw 0, Langlois 2, Williamson 3. Totals 17 18-22 55.

Cascade Christian;11;12;11;8;6;—;48

Catlin Gabel;11;10;12;9;13;—;55

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 3 (Dunn 1, Cochran 1, McLemore 1); Catlin Gabel 2 (McGautha, Hoffman). Fouled out — Cochran, Flores-Alatorre.

ST. MARY’S 62, ROGUE RIVER 45: At Coquille, Jakab Bowling scored 17 points and pulled down six rebounds to lead St. Mary’s to third place at the Winterlake Classic.

The Crusaders (3-4) received 12 points from Gabe Mayer, and Tre Foster added seven points and nine rebounds.

Derek Nelson had 17 points to lead the Chieftains (0-5), while Henry Black added 12 points and Tyler Walsh scored 11.

Bowling, a senior guard, was named to the all-tournament team.

ST. MARY’S (62): Miles 0, Mayer 12, Young 0, Sternenberg 0, Grant 6, Rajagopal 7, Silsbee 5, Snyder 2, Bowling 17, Hadley 2, Reynolds 4, Foster 7. Totals 25 7-13 62.

ROGUE RIVER (45): Poston 0, Cook 0, Nelson 17, Henricks 2, Black 12, Tambolini 0, Walsh 11, Decker 0, Agosto 3, Smith 0, Mattingly 0, Tognoni 0. Totals 19 4-10 45.

St. Mary’s;21;7;12;12;—;62

Rogue River;10;11;8;16;—;45

3-point goals — St. Mary’s 5 (Mayer 1, Rajagopal 2, Bolling 2); Rogue River (Nelson 2, Walsh 1).