It wasn’t difficult for coach James Wightman to pinpoint the weakness of his South Medford boys basketball team in recent games.

“On defense, we’ve been giving up a lot of points lately,” he said.

That changed Tuesday when the Panthers clamped down on visiting Roseburg in a 49-44 Southwest Conference victory.

In the Panthers’ three previous games, they allowed 68, 70 and 82 points, and lost each one by 23 points.

“I told the guys we had to be between 48 and 52, that was our goal,” said Wightman. “And we held them to 44, seven in the fourth quarter. That’s how we’re going to win games.”

That and reducing turnovers. South Medford had only eight in improving to 7-13 overall and 3-6 in the SWC.

Sherman Hunter had 13 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead the Panthers, and Jesse Higgins scored 10.

Jaalen Owens, making his first start after returning from a back injury, scored nine points and had four steals. Thomas Fealey provided a spark off the bench with eight points, six rebounds and solid defense.

Roseburg’s Collin Warmouth scored 16 first-half points but was held to two in the second half as the Indians dropped to 11-9 and 2-6.

ROSEBURG (44): Crince 4, Johnson 13, Seely 2, Warmouth 18, Lake 2, Meedak 0, Stone 2, Ellis 3. Totals: 16 6-9 44.

SOUTH MEDFORD (49): Hunter 13, A. Boster 3, DeBoer 0, P. Owens 2, J. Owens 9, Lozinski 4, Fealey 8, English 0, Randleman 0, Higgins 10. Totals: 20 6-11 49.

Roseburg;11;14;12;7;—;44

South Medford;18;10;9;12;—;49

3-point goals — Roseburg 6 (Crince 1, Johnson 3, Warmouth 1, Ellis 1), South Medford 3 (Hunter 3).

JV score — South Medford 52, Roseburg 49.

GRANTS PASS 55, NORTH MEDFORD 50: At Grants Pass, Grants Pass jumped on Southwest Conference leader North Medford from the outset and a late Black Tornado run fell short at Heater-Newman Memorial Gym.

The victory pulled the Cavemen (13-8, 6-3 SWC), who lost to North 65-51 earlier in the season, to within a half game of the Tornado (17-3, 6-2) in the SWC standings.

North, which trailed 37-27 entering the fourth quarter, cut the lead to 49-48 with about one minute to play, but the Cavemen capitalized from the free-throw line to ice the game.

Kaison Faust excelled for North with 19 points and 18 rebounds, including nine offensive boards.

The Tornado shot just 37 percent from the field and was outscored by 16 points from the foul line.

Grants Pass hit 49 percent of its field goal attempts, and Tyler Rund scored 18 points to lead three Cavemen in double figures.

NORTH MEDFORD (50): Wells 7, Banuelos 3, Rumrey 2, Thomas 9, O’Connor 2, Parker 5, Faust 19, Spence 3. Totals: 20-54 7-12

GRANTS PASS (55): Rich 2, Lopez 11, Rucker 0, Rund 18, Anderson 14, Clark 4, Phillips 6. Totals: 17-35 20-23 55.

North Medford;9;9;9;23;—;50

Grants Pass;12;13;12;18;—;55

3-point goals — North Medford 3-20 (Wells 1, Thomas 1, Parker 1), Grants Pass 1-5 (Anderson 1).

JV score — North Medford 59, Grants Pass 37.

THURSTON 68, ASHLAND 47: At Ashland, Thurston outscored Ashland 22-4 in the fourth quarter to hand Ashland its fifth straight loss.

Adam Jones and Lowell Saulsbury scored 11 points apiece and Anthony Swanson added 10 for the Grizzlies (5-14, 1-8 MWL), who trailed by only three points, 46-43, heading into the fourth quarter.

Isaac Lange scored 26 points and Mason Miller 18 for Thurston (14-4, 6-3).

THURSTON (68): Minor 6, Powell 4, Crist 0, Connor 9, Lange 26, Miller 18, Starck 0, Haas 5. Totals: 28 7-14 68.

ASHLAND (47): Pippa 9, Swanson 10, Wallner-Sentle 6, A. Jones 11, Desmond 0, Saulsbury 11, C. Jones 0. Totals: 18 5-12 47.

Thurston;18;15;13;22;—;68

Ashland:15;14;14;4;—;47

3-point goals — Thurston 5 (Powell 1, Connor 1, Lange 3), Ashland 6 (Pippa 1, Swanson 1, A. Jones 1, Saulsbury 3). Technical fouls — Thurston bench.

JV score — Thurston 62, Ashland 54.

CRATER 85, EAGLE POINT 46: At Eagle Point, Kiefer Edwards scored 27 points and Mason Vranes 22, including six 3-pointers, as Crater cruised to the Midwestern League win.

The Comets (18-1, 8-1 MWL) erupted for 28 first-quarter points and built a 45-21 halftime advantage.

Eagle Point’s Levi Scott had 10 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Tyler Vance contributed nine rebounds for the Eagles (3-16, 2-7).

CRATER (85): J. Vranes 6, Horton 3, M. Vranes 22, Archer 2, Hollingsworth 0, Ki. Edwards 27, Kr. Edwards 0, Johnson 2, Weaver 8, Stollings 10, Bittle 4. Totals: 33 10-11 85.

EAGLE POINT (46): Adams 6, Z. Scott 9, Judd 3, L. Scott 10, Neyt 6, Graham 0, Shaffer 2, Aguilar 3, Vance 3, Gelbrich 4. Totals: 19 5-12 46.

Crater;28;17;29;11;—;85

Eagle Point;14;7;12;13;—;46

3-point goals — Crater 11 (J Vranes 2, Horton 1, M. Vranes 6, Ki. Edwards 1, Weaver 1), Eagle Point 3 (Z. Scott 1, L. Scott 1, Aguilar 1).

JV result — Crater won.

NORTH VALLEY 49, PHOENIX 38: At Merlin, North Valley avenged an earlier 44-41 loss to Phoenix in the Skyline Conference home game.

The Knights (10-10, 4-3 Sky) got 15 points from senior Colton Lauby and sophomore Tanner Lauby added 12.

For Phoenix (5-15, 2-5), Javan Gail had 11 points.

PHOENIX (38): Martinez 2, Bre. Watts 6, Hutsell 6, Goff 0, Lozano Reyes 7, Lopez 0, Bra. Watts 5, Peterson 0, Gail 11, Botermans 1. Totals: 11 11-15 38.

NORTH VALLEY (49): T. Lauby 12, C. Lauby 15, McLittle 8, Taylor 1, Smith 5, Wytcherley 8. Totals: 19 9-18 49.

Phoenix; 5;11;7;15;—;38

North Valley;6;16;13;14;—;49

3-point goals — Phoenix 5 (Bre. Watts 2, Hutsell 2, Bra. Watts 1), North Valley 2 (T. Lauby 1, C. Lauby 1). Fouled out — Lozano Reyes.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 65, ILLINOIS VALLEY 47: At Cave Junction, Cascade Christian pulled away in the fourth quarter to remain unbeaten in the Southern Cascade League.

The Challengers (15-8, 7-0 SCL) , who led 44-38 entering the fourth quarter, upped their defensive intensity and outscored Illinois Valley by 12 points in the final frame.

Ben Dunn (22 points) and Joel McLemore (17) were the offensive leaders for Cascade.

Senior Cody Box hit three treys and scored 16 points to pace the Cougars (13-10, 4-4).

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (65): Reese 3, Crowl 2, Dunn 22, H. Schaan 10, K. Schaan 0, Cochran 5, West 3, McLemore 17, Dexter 4, Flores Alatorre 2, Lewis 0, Collom 0. Totals: 28 7-9 65.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (47): Bruner 12, Hess 12, Southard 0, McLanahan 2, Box 16, Buckmaster 0, Herrera 3, Bell 2. Totals: 16 11-16 47

Cascade Christian;19;11;14;21;—;65

Illinois Valley;13;13;12;9;—;47

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 2 (West 1, McLemore 1), Illinois Valley 4 (Bruner 1, Box 3). Technical foul — McLemore

JV result — Cascade Christian won