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Zimmer leads North past Mazama

KLAMATH FALLS -- With its starting point guard sidelined, the North Medford boys basketball team rallied the troops and pulled out a 61-51 Southern Oregon Conference victory over Mazama on Friday.

Senior K.C. Rumrey suffered a slight ligament tear in his left knee during a tournament last weekend. It's uncertain whether he'll return to action.

Guard Jeff Zimmer picked up the scoring slack in Rumrey's absence by scoring a career-high 17 points, including four straight 3-point baskets between the second and third quarters.

It was a gutsy effort on our part, said North coach Terry Gregg, whose team improved to 8-3 overall and 3-0 in league. We had some things we needed to make up for, but we had some guys step up and have solid efforts.

Like senior Kyle Foreman, who stepped in at point guard and added 12 points.

He's the kind of guy that keeps himself ready to play, said Gregg. He's a solid player and you never have any doubts about his effort. He really played well.

Also for North, Travis Hinkle had 12 points and nine rebounds, Jesse Fowler 12 points and Kacy Carter six rebounds and five assists.

We stuck with our game and stuck with the things we do well, said Gregg. Any time your lead guy is not in the lineup you miss him. It's just one of those challenges athletics deals you.

NORTH MEDFORD (61) -- Foreman 0, Wooten 7, Fowler 12, Hinkle 12, Carter 9, Randall 4, Zimmer 17. Totals: 21-45 13-23 61.

MAZAMA (51) -- Neves 0, Palmer 6, Michaelis 8, Carswell 12, Batsell 2, Fast 4, Bussey 6, Blevins 1, Zahler 9, Starkey 3. Totals: 19-52 11-19 51.

North Medford13 18 20 10 -- 61

Mazama14 10 8 19 -- 51

3-point goals -- North Medford 4 (Zimmer 4, Fowler 2), Mazama 2 (Michaelis 1, Starkey 1). Fouled out -- Hinkle, Palmer.

JV Score -- North 72, Mazama 64, OT.

SOUTH MEDFORD 53, ROSEBURG 50 -- South Medford, built an 18-point second-half lead, then had to hold on for the SOC victory in its gym.

South Medford senior point guard James Wightman sank two free throws with 5.1 seconds remaining for the margin of victory.

The Panthers led 27-17 at halftime and surged to a 45-27 lead with 2:15 to go in the third quarter.

South, who was playing without starter Bryn Ritchie, didn't score for the first 4 minutes of the fourth quarter as Roseburg went on an 11-0 run.

Ritchie missed the game to participate on a regional Olympic development soccer team in San Diego.

Roseburg SOC all-star Matt Brown was held to five points in the first half, but the 6-foot-8 center helped the Indians' comeback with 18 points after intermission.

Adam Decker led South with 15 points, all coming on 3-pointers, while Wightman had 10 assists.

ROSEBURG (50) -- Libby 9, Coen 7, Anderson 2, Linderman 0, Michalek 2, Cordell 7, Brown 23. Totals: 18 9-13 50.

SOUTH MEDFORD (53) -- Wightman 14, Hilgendorf 0, Schilz 0, DeManby 16, Melin 0, Okon 3, Decker 15, Foster 4, Spangler 1. Totals: 19 6-9 53.

Roseburg13 4 15 18 -- 50

South Medford16 11 20 6 -- 53

3-point goals -- Roseburg 5 (Libby 3, Coen 1, Cordell 1), South Medford 9 (Wightman 2, DeManby 1, Okon 1, Decker 5). Fouled out -- Spangler.

JV score -- South Medford won.

EAGLE POINT 62, ASHLAND 59 -- At Ashland, senior guard Obie Hansen sank a 3-point goal just before the final buzzer to send Ashland to its third SOC loss in three outings.

Ashland (1-8) trailed by 15 points early in the second half, but the Grizzlies' defensive pressure helped cut the deficit.

Elijah Jordan, who paced the Grizzlies with 18 points, tied the game with a basket off an offensive rebound with about eight seconds remaining in the game. Then Hansen ruined Ashland's attempt for its first SOC win.

Eagle Point junior Phil Garrett led all scorers with 19 points and hauled down five rebounds.

EAGLE POINT (62) -- Garrett 19, Rouhier 12, Hansen 7, Sawyer 7, Lucas 7, Mallari 6, Stewart 4. Totals: 25 9-20 62.

ASHLAND (59) -- Jordan 18, Werbin 13, Pavilionis 9, Alcala 7, Kalemkeris 6, Challman 4, Zundel 3. Totals: 25 6-9 59

Eagle Point18 20 15 9 -- 62

Ashland13 16 15 15 -- 59

3-point goals -- Eagle Point — (Hansen 1, Rouhier 1, Lucas 1), Ashland — (Jordan 2, Werbin 1). Technical foul -- Ashland bench.

JV result -- Eagle Point won in overtime.

GOLD BEACH 71, ROGUE RIVER 44 -- At Rogue River, Alphonso Powers scored a game-high 20 points and Tyson Crumley added 16 to lead Gold Beach to the non-league victory.

Chris Berg had a fine all-around night for Rogue River (3-4) with 12 points, five blocked shots and five assists.

Ron Wessels added 13 points and 10 rebounds and Beau Gibson 10 points.

GOLD BEACH (71) -- Powers 20, Wardle 3, Smith 0, Robbins 5, Middleton 8, Elliott 2, Hoffman 6, Storns 2, Engdahl 3, Gray 6, Crumley 16. Totals: 29 7-13 71.

ROGUE RIVER (44) -- Wessels 13, Shelby 0, Peterson 0, Daily 2, McMillian 4, Paxson 3, Berg 10, Gibson 10, Tuulik 0, Shockcor 0, Brown 2, Cunningham 0. Totals: 19 5-9 44.

Gold Beach20 16 19 16 -- 71

Rogue River10 11 13 10 -- 44

3-point goals -- Gold Beach 6 (Powers 4, Wardle 1, Robbins 1), Rogue River — (Gibson 1).

JV Score -- Gold Beach 43, Rogue River 29.

PROSPECT 66, UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN 46 -- At Roseburg, seniors Pat Gordon and Scott Roberts combined for 45 points as Prospect improved to 6-4 with the non-league victory.

Prospect blitzed the Monarchs early with full-court pressure that led to easy baskets. The Cougars' defensive efforts were most effective in the first and third quarters when they combined to outscore the Monarchs 36-16.

Keith Howard had seven rebounds and nine points for the Cougars.

PROSPECT (66) -- Roberts 22, P. Gordon 23, Howard 9, Mahoney 6, Z. Gordon 6, Woods 0, Andresen 0, Harbison 0, Briggs 0, Blythe 0. Totals: 22 16-20 66.

UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN (46) -- Shelton 15, Crowl 9, Burch 2, Smalling 6, Freeman 8, Henry 6, Thompson 0, Zink 0, Jones 0. Totals: 21 3-8 46

Prospect17 16 19 14 -- 66

Umpqua Valley Christian8 16 8 14 -- 46

3-point goals -- Prospect 6 (P. Gordon 2, Roberts 4), Umpqua Valley — (Crowl 1).

JV score -- UVC 56, Prospect 40.