South Medford took visiting Sheldon to the limits Friday night but the Irish pulled out a 63-62 victory over the Panthers in Southwest Conference boys basketball.

It was a gut-wrenching home loss for South Medford (7-14, 3-7 SWC), which was decisively defeated 65-49 by Sheldon (12-10, 6-4) on the road earlier in the season.

“That’s the best we’ve played all year,” said South Medford coach James Wightman. “Our kids battled. We did a good job on the defensive end winning the hustle plays.”

Sheldon’s Uta Mageo went 1-for-2 from the free-throw line with six seconds left for the final margin of victory. Robbie Patterson grabbed the rebound on Mageo’s miss and got the ball upcourt to Jaalen Owens but his open 3-pointer from the right baseline missed just before the final buzzer.

That’s not all that went wrong near the end of the game for the Panthers.

Holding a two-point lead with about 50 seconds remaining, South Medford turned the ball over on a long inbound pass. Then after the Irish tied the game 62-all, Nick Randleman missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free throw with 30 ticks left.

Patrick Herbert, Sheldon’s 6-foot-5 junior post, was a difficult matchup for the Panthers. Herbert finished with a game-high 22 points.

“Herbert is a man-beast, he can do everything,” said Wightman. “They run their offense around him.”

Sophomore Sherman Hunter scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half to pace the Panthers’ attack. Jesse Higgins added 10 points, six rebounds and three blocks.

South only turned the ball over six times.

“We put ourselves in a position to win,” said Wightman. “It’s too bad. We led almost the whole game.”

SHELDON (63): Frey 3, Bailey 12, Hankins 0, Herbert 22, McGarvey 6, Mageo 13 Banks 4, Owen 3. Totals: 22 15-18 63.

SOUTH MEDFORD (62): Hunter 15, A. Boster 0, DeBoer 5, Patterson 7, T. Boster 0, J. Owens 8, Losinski 4, Fealey 5, English 2, Randleman 6, Higgins 10. Totals: 22 12-17 62.

Sheldon;13;17;16;17;—;63

South Medford;13;20;17;12;—;62

3-point goals — Sheldon 4 (Frey 1, Mageo 2, Owen 1), South Medford 6 (Hunter 3, DeBoer 1, Patterson 1, Fealey 1). Fouled out — Higgins.

JV result — Sheldon won.

CRATER 48, NORTH EUGENE 32: At Eugene, Crater held North Eugene to single-digit scoring in all four quarters and gradually pulled away for a Midwestern League victory.

Kiefer Edwards, a senior wing, finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and two steals to pace the Comets (19-1, 9-1 MWL), who have won nine in a row after dropping their league opener at Springfield.

Also for Crater, freshman forward Nate Bittle added 15 points, including 2 of 4 from behind the 3-point arc, to go along with six rebounds, three assists and four blocked shots.

Cameron Parks, a sophomore wing, had 16 points to account for half of the total scoring output for the Highlanders (5-15, 3-7).

CRATER (48): J. Vranes 3, Horton, M. Vranes 0, Ki. Edwards 17, Weaver 5, Stollings 8, Bittle 15. Totals: 20 5-11 48.

NORTH EUGENE (32): Pratt 0, DeGarmo 5, Enciso 7, Duke 4, Fulton 0, Parks 16, Foytek 0, Rieman 0, Wilson 0, Richardson 0, Kerr 0. Totals: 10 9-15 32.

Crater;9;10;14;15;—;48

North Eugene;5;9;9;9;—;32

3-point goals — Crater 3 (J. Vranes 1, Bittle 2), North Eugene 2 (DeGarmo 1, Parks 1).

MARIST 67, EAGLE POINT 47: At Eugene, Isaac Zachem scored 20 points to help Marist snap a three-game losing streak at Marist High.

Levi Scott had 19 points, three assists and three steals, Dennen Adams 13 points and three steals and Hayden Neyt six rebounds for Eagle Point (3-17, 2-8 MWL).

Chase Cutsforth and Jace Krier added nine points apiece for the Spartans (10-10, 4-6).

EAGLE POINT (47): Adams 13, Z. Scott 2, Judd 4, L. Scott 19, Neyt 2, Hoppes 1, Gelbrich 6. Totals: 14 13-23 47.

MARIST (67): Cutsforth 9, Franssen 6, Collins 2, Coleman 2, Weilbrenner 2, Hopkins 3, Zachem 20, Anderson 2, Hart 4, Courtemanche 4, Whittaker 4, Krier 9. Totals: 24 13-21 67.

Eagle Point;4;10;9;22;—;47

Marist;18;12;18;19;—;67

3-point goals — Eagle Point 4 (Adams 1, L. Scott 3), Marist 6 (Zachem 3, Hart 1, Krier 2).

JV score — Marist won.

SPRINGFIELD 63, ASHLAND 44: At Springfield, Zach Brown scored 19 of his game-high 32 points in the first half as Springfield built a big early lead en route to the MWL victory.

Jordan Carrillo was the only other Miller to score in double figures with 14 points.

Springfield (15-5, 8-2 MWL) led 17-2 after the first quarter as Ashland was held to two KJ Pippa free throws in the opening frame.

Pippa and Anthony Swanson both scored a team-high 12 points for the Grizzlies (5-15, 1-9). Lowell Saulsbury added eight points and Joseph Wallner-Sentle seven.

ASHLAND (44): Pippa 12, Swanson 12, Wallner-Sentle 2, Ekwall 7, Smity 0, A. Jones 3, Shibley 0, Watson 0, Harris 0, Desmond 0, Saulsbury 8, C. Jones 0. Totals: 14 9-18 44.

SPRINGFIELD (63): Breese 2, Chavez 0, Ja. Carrillo 2, Hill 4, Grousbeck 4, Bryant 3, Jo. Carrillo 14, Smallwood 0, Phillips 0, Brown 32, Garcia 2. Totals: 24 12-16 63.

Ashland;2;18;11;13;—;44

Springfield;17;21;18;7;—;63

3-point goals — Ashland 7 (Pippa 1, Swanson 2, Ekwall 1, A. Jones 1, Saulsbury 2), Springfield 3 (Bryant 1, Jo. Carrillo 2)

JV score — Springfield 48, Ashland 41.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 56, LAKEVIEW 43: At Lakeview, Kyle Reece scored nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, in which Cascade Christian pulled away to capture its second consecutive Southern Cascade League crown.

It was the second time in a row that the Challengers (16-8, 8-0 SCL), who wait to host the winner of Wednesday’s St. Mary’s-Illinois Valley matchup in the SCL championship game next Saturday, were flawless in league play.

Tyler Cochran finished with 16 points for Cascade Christian, which went 6-for-6 from the foul line in the fourth.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (56): Reece 17, Crowl 0, Dunn 8, H. Schaan 4, K. Schaan 0, Cochran 16, West 0, McLemore 6, Dexter 0, Flores-Alatorre 5. Collom 0. Totals: 17 12-16 56.

LAKEVIEW (43): Hernandez 4, Maita 6, Brazeal 1, Lampman 16, Greenfield 7, Steward 0, Decker 7, Gustaveson 2. Totals: 13 15-23 43.

Cascade Christian;13;12;16;15;—;56

Lakeview;11;9;15;8;—;43

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 4 (Reece 1, Cochran 2, McLemore 1), Lakeview 2 (Lampman 2).

JV result — Cascade Christian won.

ST. MARY’S 67, ROGUE RIVER 43: At Rogue River, sophomore Trevahn Foster capped St. Mary’s regular season with a monster performance, putting up career highs with 18 points, 21 rebounds and nine blocked shots.

The Crusaders (12-11, 6-2 SCL), who have won six of their last seven games, were runners up in the SCL. They will host third-place Illinois Valley on Wednesday to decide Cascade Christian’s opponent in the conference championship game Feb. 17.

Gabe Mayer went 4-for-4 from the 3-point line in the fourth quarter and made six in the game to finish with 20 points for the Crusaders, while Jakab Bowling chipped in 12 points and five rebounds.

Rogue River (1-21, 0-8) was led by Tyler Walsh’s 12 points and Henry Black’s 11.

ST. MARY’S (67): Zhen 3, Miles 0, Keaeo-Wailehua 2, Young 0, Sternenberg 2, Grant 2, Rajagopal 3, Silsbee 3, Bowling 12, Hadley 2, Foster 18, Chen 0, Mayer 20. Totals: 25 9-16 67.

ROGUE RIVER (43): Posten 0, Cook 0, Nelson 2, Herinckx 5, Black 11, Tambellini 0, Walsh 12, Agosto 6, Tognoni 7, Canoe 0, Bundy 0. Totals: 17 7-17 43.

St. Mary’s;22;10;23;12;—;67

Rogue River;10;15;5;13;—;43

3-point goals — St. Mary’s 8 (Rajagopal 1, Bowling 1, Mayer 6), Rogue River 2 (Walsh 1, Tognoni 1).

JV result — St. Mary’s won.