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Free throws help Pels down North

KU scores 28 from foul line

KLAMATH FALLS -- When Klamath Union was issued two free throws before the opening-tip of its game with North Medford Friday night, few suspected the major role free-throw shooting would play.

The Pelicans made 28-of-34 foul shots -- including 17-of-18 in the second half -- and fashioned a 58-45 Southern Oregon Conference boys basketball victory over the Black Tornado.

Klamath Union (4-1 SOC) shot two free throws prior to play when North Medford players were observed dunking during warmups. The game was a defensive battle from there.

It was difficult for anybody to score, said Klamath Union coach Barry Gottula. We were just fortunate enough to have the lead.

The Black Tornado forged a 24-20 lead with 1:40 left in the first half, but the Pelicans went on a 7-0 run to go into the intermission with a 27-24 advantage.

In the opening minutes of the second half, North's Tom Wooton converted a three-point play to tie the score, but the Pelicans went on another 7-0 run to seize control.

We had our opportunities, said North coach Terry Gregg. We just didn't convert.

The Pelicans' Mark Chocktoot gave the Black Tornado fits all night, scoring a game-high 24 points, while Brian Hedlund added 14 points.

Jesse Fowler led North with 15 points, while Kacy Carter added 12.

NORTH MEDFORD (45) -- Foreman 2, Zimmer 4, Wooton 4, Fowler 15, Hinkle 6, Carter 12, Jantzer 0, Randall 2. Totals: 17-52 11-24 45.

KLAMATH UNION (58) -- Yee 4, Chocktoot 24, Bennett 5, Johnson 5, Hedlund 14, Axberg 2, Davison 0, Bailey 4, Tucker 0, Woodrum 0. Totals: 14-25 28-34 58.

North Medford15 9 11 10 -- 45

Klamath Union12 15 18 13 -- 58

3-point goals -- Klamath Union 2 (Chocktoot 1, Bennett 1). Fouled out -- Wooten, Yee. Technical fouls -- North Medford team.

JV score -- North Medford 49, Klamath Union 29.

GRANTS PASS 82, EAGLE POINT 72 -- At Grants Pass, the Cavemen dominated the second and third quarters then held off a late Eagle Point charge spearheaded by sophomore Nick Rouhier.

Grants Pass (5-7, 3-2 SOC) outscored the Eagles 49-24 during the game's middle two quarters. Obie Strickler, Trent Thompson and Reed Sorenson combined for 37 points during the spurt.

Thompson finished with 27 points for the Cavemen, while Strickler had 22, Casey Stewart 14 and Sorenson 13.

Rouhier finished with 20 points, including a trio of fourth-quarter 3-pointers that brought the Eagles to within six points with three minutes left.

EAGLE POINT (72) -- Hansen 2, Rouhier 20, Sawyer 7, Lucas 15, Kezer 4, Stewart 7, Mallari 5, Garrett 12. Totals: 26 14-20 72.

GRANTS PASS (82) -- Lathen 2, Stewart 14, Thompson 27, Strickler 22, Barbee 3, Sorenson 13, Stein 1. Totals: 30 19-27 82.

Eagle Point22 8 16 26 -- 72

Grants Pass15 23 26 18 -- 82

3-point goals -- Eagle Point 6 (Rouhier 4, Lucas 1, Mallari 1), Grants Pass — (Stewart 1, Thompson 2). Fouled out -- Sorenson, Rouhier.

JV score -- Grants Pass won.

CRATER 69, ASHLAND 58 -- At Central Point, Mike Jacobs scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Crater to its first SOC victory.

Ashland, winless in SOC action, kept the game close most of the way. The Grizzlies trailed 47-44 entering the fourth period, but Crater (7-6, 1-4 SOC) got some key stops and picked it up offensively. The Comets connected on 4-of-7 shots from the field and burried 10-of-13 free throws in the final quarter.

SOC scoring co-leader Matt Brown had 15 points for Crater.

ASHLAND (58) -- Challman 10, Werbin 14, Jordan 9, Kalemkeris 2, Pavilionis 17, Zundell 6, Pippa 0, Kirkpatrick 0. Totals: 23 7-13 58.

CRATER (69) -- Stickley 11, Wangle 4, Korthals 5, Foster 4, Jacobs 18, Brown 15, Harthun 10, Asay 2, Campbell 0. Totals: 24 15-20 69.

Ashland14 10 20 14 -- 58

Crater13 15 19 22 -- 69

3-point goals -- Ashland 5 (Challman 1, Werbin 2, Jordan 1, Pavilionis 1), Crater 6 (Stickley 3, Brown 2, Harthun 1). Fouled out -- Jordan, Harthun.

JV score -- Crater 76, Ashland 51.