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Tornado tumbles, will play for seventh

Tornado tumbles, will play for seventh

North Medford High's boys basketball team ran into a relentless inside passing and scoring team that refused to be denied Wednesday.

McMinnville shot 52 percent (30-for-58) and cut up North's intense, man-to-man defense with precise passing in a 73-58 win in the consolation round of the Abby's Holiday Classic in the North gym.

Forward Jayson Pratt scored 17 points and 6-foot-7 center Travis Jones added 11 points and nine rebounds for McMinnville.

North, which fell behind 41-19 with 1:09 left in the first half, dropped to 2-6 for the season. The Black Tornado will meet Sheldon of Eugene today at 2 p.m. in the seventh-place game at North.

North coach Gene Quilhaugh said the Grizzlies' quick start, when they opened a 20-8 first-quarter lead, gave them confidence to keep running and scoring.

We had a few communication problems in the first quarter, said Quilhaugh. I had called a defense, and three of us were running it and two weren't.

We let them do some things, and pretty soon they were so confident, they were a team in a zone on offense. It's the kind of thing you like to see if it's your team doing it. But it's no fun if they are doing it to your team. When it's the other team doing it, you have to ride it out.

Behind its inside passing game, which resulted in seven layups in the first half, McMinnville built a 41-21 lead at halftime. Five of those seven layups came off backdoor cuts when the Grizzlies threw passes over the top of North's overplaying defenders.

We wanted to penetrate to the basket and get the lead, McMinnville coach Sean Burke. Then once we got the lead, we knew the backdoors would be there.

Pratt scored four straight points for the Grizzlies early in the second quarter, and 6-3 forward Tom Peterson had six points on two inside field goals and two free throws during a 15-4 McMinnville run that gave the Grizzlies their big lead.

The kids played very well and executed our game plan well, said Burke. I wish we had played like this last night (Tuesday) against McNary. We were asleep at the start of that game.

Mike Olson led North with 17 points. Junior forward Kevin Foreman came off the North bench to score 13.

Foreman did a real good job, said Quilhaugh. We will make sure to let him know that, and he earned himself some more playing time.

Olson did a good job defensively, and I thought he played well overall, said Quilhaugn. I thought Casey Casebier came in and gave us some good minutes, too.

Casebier, a center, said the Tornado hasn't found itself, yet.

We aren't doing the right things at the right time, he said. We need to get some things together as a team, and we will be fine.

The character of his players gets a test in games like this, said Quilhaugh.

When this happens, he said. it helps me see which of my players have the mental toughness it takes to bounce back.

They'll get that chance today.

MCMINNVILLE (73)-- Hurl 8, Briggs 5, Pratt 17, Paterson 9, Noble 10, S. Jones 1, West 8, T. Jones 11, McCou 0, McFaddin 4, Kimura 0. Totals: 29 12-17 73.

NORTH MEDFORD (58)-- Olson 17, Weyers 1, Oliver 0, Foreman 12, Mellbye 6, Towne 3, Anderson 2, Jensen 4, O'Brien 2, Casebier 4, Schlicting 4, Clark 3. Totals: 22 12-24 58.


...............22 19 16 16 -- 73 North Medford

.........10 11 18 20 -- 58

3-point goals -- North Medford 2 (Olson 1, Towne 1); McMinnville — (Pratt 1, Noble 1, T. Jones 1). Fouled out -- Noble.

GLENCOE 54, SHELDON 47-- At North Medford High, senior post Nick Pitts tallied a game-high 16 points to help Glencoe turn back Sheldon.

The Crimson Tide will face McMinnville this afternoon at 3:45 p.m. in the consolation bracket final, while the Irish will face host North Medford at 2 p.m.

Ben Moen-Arnold paced Sheldon with 14 points.

GLENCOE (54)-- Henningfeld 8, Barnett 0, Benson 0, Gayman 8, Tingley 3, Fonder 6, McInnis 2, Richardson 0, Huson 0, Kirsch 2, Rice 7, Pitts 16. Totals: 23 8-14 54.

SHELDON (47)-- Ross 0, Drennan 0, King 0, Martell 5, Erickson 0, Baker 7, Slonecker 7, Marsden 5, Copley 1, Moen-Arnold 14, Haliski 8. Totals: 16 13-20 47.


.........14 10 11 19 -- 54 Sheldon

.............9 14 7 17 -- 47

3-point field goals -- Sheldon 2 (Marsden 1, Slonecker 1). Fouled out -- Martell, Gayman.