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Roseburg routs North boys

This season seemed too good to be true for the North Medford boys basketball team.

After losing its top returning player K.C. Rumrey to an injury early in the season, North showed enough resilency to remain in the thick of the Southern Oregon Conference race.

But after winning eight of its first 11 SOC games, the Black Tornado has dropped three of four in the last 10 days, including a 51-39 loss to Roseburg on Tuesday.

Now North Medford (15-9, 9-6 SOC) most likely needs to defeat Klamath Union at home on Friday to remain a viable contender for the Class 4A state playoffs.

The Black Tornado got off to a slow start against Roseburg and it proved costly. North only converted 1-of-9 field goals in the opening period and ended the half 4 of 20.

They knocked us back on our heels to start the game, North Medford coach Terry Gregg said. We played pretty tentative in the first half. They forced the issue and we didn't respond.

North trailed 8-6 at one point before the Indians reeled off 16 unanswered points.

The Black Tornado came back in the second half to cut the Roseburg lead to six points early in the fourth quarter. North Medford forward Jesse Fowler connected for all 15 of his points after intermission and pulled down nine rebounds.

NORTH MEDFORD (39) -- Foreman 2, Wooton 2, Fowler 15, Hinkle 6, Carter 10, Randall 2, Zimmer 2. Totals: 13-41 12-15 39.

ROSEBURG (51) -- Libby 20, Coen 5, Anderson 4, Cordell 6, Brown 10, Linderman 0, Michalek 6. Totals: 18-35 11-16 51.

North Medford6 7 14 12 -- 39

Roseburg14 12 10 15 -- 51

3-point goals -- North Medford — (Fowler 1), Roseburg 4 (Libby 3, Coen 1). Fouled out -- Fowler, Brown.

JV score -- North Medford 56, Roseburg 45.

KLAMATH UNION 56, EAGLE POINT 38 -- At Klamath Falls, Klamath Union assured itself at least a tie for third in the SOC behind senior guard Mark Chocktoot's 24 points.

After allowing Eagle Point 14 first-quarter points, the Pelicans defense stiffened and limited the Eagles to a total of eight points in the second and third quarters.

EAGLE POINT (38) -- Garrett 9, Mallari 5, Stuart 5, Johnston 2, Kezer 2, Buda 2, Lucas 2, Sawyer 4, Rouhier 3, Hansen 4. Totals: 16-41 3-7 38.

KLAMATH UNION (56) -- Chocktoot 24, Johnson 9, Hedlund 7, Bennett 4, Yee 2, Tucker 2, Bailey 4, Davison 2, Woodrum 2, Axberg 0. Totals: 22-49 9-18 56.

Eagle Point14 6 2 16 -- 38

Klamath Union19 12 18 7 -- 56

3-point goals -- Eagle Point — (Hansen 1, Rouhier 1, Mallari 1), Klamath Union — (Chocktoot 3). Technical fouls -- Rouhier, Mallari.

JV result -- Eagle Point won.

CRATER 58, MAZAMA 56 -- At Central Point, Mike Jacobs' field goal for Crater (12-10, 6-8 SOC) with eight seconds left broke a 56-all tie, but Mazama came back to almost send the game into overtime.

After Jacobs' basket, Mazama's Brent Palmer got fouled driving to the hoop. Palmer missed the first of two free throws, but John Carswell got a good opportunity on a put-back chance when Palmer intentionally missed his second free throw.

Jacobs led all scorers with 24 points.

MAZAMA (56) -- Palmer 11, Michaelis 17, Carswell 16, Fast 2, Bussey 10, Neves 0, Batsell 0. Totals: 21 8-13 56.

CRATER (58) -- Stickley 3, Wangel 6, Campbell 2, Jacobs 24, Brown 17, Harthun 4, Asay 2, Foster 0, Korthals 0. Totals: 24 9-10 58.

Mazama20 15 11 10 -- 56

Crater12 11 18 17 -- 58

3-point goals -- Mazama — (Palmer 1), Crater — (Stickley 1).

JV score -- Crater 67, Mazama 52.

GRANTS PASS 61, ASHLAND 51 -- At Grants Pass, Obie Strickler scored 18 points and Trent Thompson 16 as the Cavemen gave their playoff hopes a boost.

Kristopher Pavilionis scored 13 to lead Ashland.

Grants Pass pulled to within a half-game of North Medford, which lost to Roseburg, for the fourth and final playoff berth. The Cavemen finish the regular season at Eagle Point on Friday and at Mazama on Tuesday. North Medford finishes its regular season at home against Klamath Union.

ASHLAND (51) -- Pavilionis 13, Alcala 4, Jordan 5, Pippa 7, Zundel 6, Kalemkeris 4, Mason 4, Challman 8, Holden 0. Totals: 21 4-5 51.

GRANTS PASS (61) -- Strickler 18, Lathen 1, Stewart 5, Thompson 16, Sorensen 7, Stine 5, Howard 9, Berg 0, Barbee 0, Slagle 0. Totals: 22 13-19 61.

Ashland6 17 8 20 -- 51

Grants Pass19 9 12 21 -- 61

3-point goals -- Ashland 5 (Challman 2, Pavilionis 1, Pippa 1, Jordan 1), Grants Pass 4 (Strickler 2, Thompson 1, Stewart 1). Fouled out -- Pavilionis.

JV score -- Grants Pass 63, Ashland 50.

SOC Girls

CRATER 63, MAZAMA 39 -- At Klamath Falls, fifth-ranked Crater got its fastbreak offense in gear in the third quarter to put away last-place Mazama.

While Crater (21-2, 15-1) held Mazama to only three field goals in the opening half, the Comets only shot 7-of-27 from the field, but still led 21-9 at the break.

Freshman guard Skye Hemphill came off the bench to lead Crater with 14 points.

CRATER (63) -- Gentile 4, Dunlap 6, Chase 8, Hemphill 14, Robbins 0, Sapienza 2, Caster 4, Ross 3, Che. Wiersma 9, McLeod 4, Wiley 0, Cha. Wiersma 4, Schneider 5. Totals: 20-67 14-19 63.

MAZAMA (39) -- Teeples 6, Sha 1, Bednar 4, K. Young 2, Guetzloe 11, Mills 0, D. Young 15, Ireland 0. Totals: 12-49 11-20 39.

Crater10 11 20 22 -- 63

Mazama5 4 7 23 -- 39

3-point goals -- Crater 9 (Dunlap 1, Chase 2, Hemphill 3, Che. Wiersma 3), Mazama 4 (Bednar, Guetzloe 1, D. Young 2).

JV score -- Crater 69, Mazama 32

NORTH MEDFORD 67, ROSEBURG 43 -- The Black Tornado scored the game's first 15 points and rolled from there in its final SOC regular season game.

Seventh-ranked North Medford (21-3, 14-2 SOC) got 16 points and 10 rebounds from Ericka Brosterhous. Ashlee Giles excelled in several facets of the game, scoring 15 points, recording nine steals, and dishing out five assists. Dolinda Meeker chipped in 13 points and Alicia Harvey had six steals.

ROSEBURG (43) -- Crossfield 12, Goodell 2, Makinson 2, Weeks 2, Johnson 7, Stephens 4, Wolf 6, Randall 4, Dodd 4, Coke 0, Hall 0. Totals: 20 3-11 43.

NORTH MEDFORD (67) -- Close 2, Crenshaw 5, Meeker 13, Harvey 6, Dickerson 4, MacLauchlan 4, Giles 15, Manwaring 4, Brosterhous 16, Ross 0, Ledford 2, Jackson 0. Totals: 28 8-17 67.

Roseburg7 13 9 14 -- 43

North Medford17 18 19 13 -- 67

3-point goals -- North Medford — (Crenshaw 1, Harvey 1, Giles 1).

JV score -- North Medford 47, Roseburg 35.