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Tornado opens season with 67-53 win over Bend

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North Medford faced a character test in its first boys basketball game of the season and came out the better team Friday night.

Despite squandering a 10-point halftime lead, the Black Tornado circled the wagons at the right time in topping Bend, 67-53, at North Medford High.

The Lava Bears used a 20-8 surge in the third quarter to take a 43-41 lead, only to have North reclaim its advantage and slowly pull away.

Despite opening with three first-time varsity starters, North didn't skip a beat in taking a seven-point lead in the first quarter. Five different Tornado players scored during the opening frame, with two reserves providing a key lift for North.

Charlie Jensen and Pete Oliver off the bench gave us a real nice surge, said North coach Gene Quilhaugh. Pete Oliver hit a big 3-pointer and Charlie Jensen had a couple nice steals to help our first quarter rotation.

Eight North players scored against Bend, with Wes Towne and Jeff Schlichting leading the way with 13 points apiece. Schlichting added seven rebounds in his first varsity start, with first-timers Mike Olson and Thomas O'Brien combining for 15 points.

We had balance for the first quarter and that balance continued for the remainder of the game, Quilhaugh said of his team's run.

Tate Mellbye chipped in nine rebounds and eight points, while Oliver finished with nine points.

North (1-0) proved to be its worst enemy in a dismal third quarter to let Bend back into the contest.

We made some unforced errors and they hit a variety of nice 15- to 18-foot shots, said Quilhaugh. We didn't defend those very well. They attacked us with their high-low offensive set really well.

Tyler Hayes led Bend with 22 points.

BEND (53)-- Hayes 22, Rundle 7, Bigelow 2, West 0, Martin 0, McMillan 4, Douglas 0, DeMarco 12, Liabraaten 0, Norris 6. Totals -- 23 7-11 53.

NORTH MEDFORD (67)-- Towne 13, Schlichting 13, Olson 7, Weyers 3, Oliver 9, Forman 0, Mellbye 8, Jensen 6, O'Brien 8, Casebier 0, Clark 0. Totals -- 22 20-36 67.

Bend

...............10 13 20 10 -- 53 North

.................17 16 8 26 -- 67

3-point goals -- North Medford — (Olson 1, Oliver 2). Technical fouls -- Rundle. Fouled out -- Mellbye, Douglas, McMillan.

JV score -- North Medford won.

CRATER 68, MAZAMA 45-- At Klamath Falls, Crater won its second straight game behind 20 points from wing Brent Foster and 18 from center Andy Haas.

Foster made four 3-point field goals and P.J. Price had two on the way to 10 points.

CRATER (68)-- Foster 20, Haas 18, Darnell 14. Price 10, Wright 2, Peteren 2, Jones 2.

MAZAMA (45)-- Storm 14, Hesia 6, Zahler 10, Rhodes 2, Hickel 3, Starkey 8, Means 2.

Crater

.............20 20 8 20 -- 68 Mazama

...........13 15 9 8 -- 45

3-point goals -- Crater 6 (Foster 4, Price 2). Mazama — (Storm 1, Starkey 2).

JV score -- Crater 59, Mazama 58.

GRANTS PASS 78, SPRINGFIELD 47-- At Grants Pass, junior wing Andy Dobner tossed in a game-high 20 points as Grants Pass led wire-to-wire to romp past Springfield in the non-conference opener for both teams.

Sophomore point guard Tyler York added 14 points and senior wing Robbie Lesher had 12 for the Cavemen, who led 22-13 after one period and 42-23 at halftime.

Grants Pass dominated the backboards as 6-foot-6, 300-pound Mike DeLaGrange grabbed nine rebounds and 6-7 Ian Elseth had eight.

SPRINGFIELD (47)--Smith 1, Joll 0, Guiley 7, Rise 0, Foley 6, Price 2, Wilson 16, Noh 4, Lake 3, Weber 0, Klein 3, Rusow 0, Walkup 5. Totals -- 15 12-19 47.

GRANTS PASS (78)--Lesher 12, York 14, Minor 5, Dobner 20, Berg 6, Schirle 3, Lathen 6, McIntosh 0, DeLaGrange 6, Elseth 6. Totals -- 27 17-26 78.

Springfield

...........13 10 16 18 -- 47 Grants Pass

..........22 20 17 19 -- 78

3-point goals -- Springfield 5 (Wilson 3, Lake 1, Klein 1), Grants Pass 7 (Lesher 2, York 2, Dobner 3).

ROSEBURG 59, SHELDON 55-- At Roseburg, sophomore Joe Newton used his height advantage to pour in 21 points and Roseburg held off a Sheldon rally to gain its first victory.

Kevin Linderman added 16 points and Ole Sheldon had 11 for the Indians (1-1). Roseburg managed a 31-16 lead at halftime thanks to a 23-4 surge in the second quarter.

Sheldon's Matt Haliski heated up in the second half, scoring 11 of his team-high 16 points as Sheldon finally heated up from the outside.

SHELDON (55)-- Haliski 16, Slonecker 10, Baker 10, Martell 9, Ross 6, Drennan 2, King 2, Erickson 0, Frederickson 0, Marsden 0, Copley 0. Totals -- 19 12-16 55.

ROSEBURG (59)-- Newton 21, Linderman 16, Sheldon 11, Coen 6, Moss 5, Holt 0, Garcia 0, Richardson 0. Totals -- 23 12-20 59.

Sheldon

..............12 4 19 20 -- 55 Roseburg

..........8 23 16 12 -- 59

3-point goals -- Sheldon 5 (Ross 2, Slonecker 2, Martel 1), Roseburg — (Sheldon). Technical fouls -- Martel. Fouled out -- Baker.

JV score -- Roseburg 63, Sheldon 45.

REDMOND 61, KLAMATH UNION 53-- At Klamath Falls, senior Reagan Gilbertson pumped in 16 points to lead No. 8 Redmond to a non-conference win in the season-opener for both teams.

Adam Bailey led Klamath Union with 12 points, while Anthony Munson chipped in with 11.

REDMOND (61)-- McMahon 2, Mooney 0, Gilbertson 16, Clontz 5, Norton 8, M. Wagner 0, Fultz 0, J. Wagner 7, Waggenblast 11, Clark 5, Steed 0, Billings 3, Colvin 4. Totals -- 22-45 14-21 61.

KLAMATH UNION (53)-- Mortenson 2, Munson 11, Smith 5, Tr. Baker 0, Bailey 12, Ty. Baker 6, Woodrum 6, Caleb 9, Thomas 2. Totals -- 23-52 4-8 53.

Redmond

...........18 11 17 15 -- 61 Klamath Union

....8 13 11 21 -- 53

3-point goals -- Redmond 2 (Gilbertson 1, Clontz 1). Klamath Union — (Caleb 1, Bailey 2). Fouled out -- Smith.

JV score -- Klamath Union 66, Redmond 57.