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Newton keys Roseburg's rout of Panthers

ROSEBURG — Joe Newton proved to be the difference maker Tuesday as Roseburg defeated South Medford 77-52 in a Southern Oregon Conference boys basketball opener.

The South (8-3, 0-1 SOC) held the Indians 6-foot-7 junior post to five points in the first half and the Panthers went into the break with a 33-31 lead.

But all that changed in the second half when Newton burned the Panthers for 23 points, while South 6-8 center Eric Fiegi was held scoreless after scoring all 11 of his points in the opening 16 minutes.

He (Newton) stepped up, South Medford coach Dennis Murphy said. He got position and they got him the ball and he took it to the basket. And that's something we didn't do.

Another factor for the Panthers demise was 4-of-25 shooting from the field in the second half. South was limited to just a pair of field goals in each of the final two quarters.

Attribute a big part of that to Roseburg's defense, said Murphy. They just manned us to death and dominated us. We haven't played a physical team like them and they're real strong.

South trailed by five at the end of the first period, but outscored the Indians 19-12 in the second quarter.

We did a better job of defending and we made some shots, said Murphy about the second quarter turnaround.

Junior guard Ryan Heil added 11 points for South, while Fiegi pulled down seven rebounds.

— SOUTH MEDFORD (52)

— — Marshall 13, Tomlins 5, Lower 0, Smith 0, Heil 11, McKay 4, Hilgendorf 0, Olson 1, Mulhollen 5, Johnson 2, Burnett 0, Fiegi 11. Totals: 16 16-24 52.

— ROSEBURG (77)

? Newton 28, Walker 8, McInerny 0, Moss 14, Williams 2, Osborn 0, Garrelts 11, Brundige 4, Stembridge 2, Hall 8. Totals: 27 19-28 77.

South Medford ...........................................14 19 9 10 — 52 Roseburg .................................................19 12 23 23 — 77

3-point goals — South Medford 4 (Marshall 2, Mulhollen 1, Heil 1), Roseburg 4 (Moss 2, Walker 1, Hall 1). Fouled out — McKay, Fiegi. Technical foul — Mulhollen

JV result — Roseburg won.

EAGLE POINT 49, CRATER 48 (OT) -At Central Point, Matt Campbell sank two free throws with 11 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Crater over Eagle Point in the SOC opener for both teams.

The Comets, now 4-7 overall, had a chance to tie or win the game in the final seconds, but missed two free throws and then a 3-pointer by Derek Petersen as time ran out.

The two archrivals played an overtime game for the second time this season and, remarkably, for the fourth time in their past five meetings and for the sixth time in their past 11 meetings.

Crater led 25-16 at halftime, but Eagle Point's tenacious man-to-man defense forced 13 second-half turnovers that enabled the Eagles to get back in the game.

Crater's Andy Haas , whose late free throw in regulation sent the game into overtime, led all scorers with 17 points .

— EAGLE POINT (49) ?

Horn 8, Campbell 7, Johnson 2, Nackerud 4, Acrey 15, Paul Burdick 13, Brooks 0. Totals: 16 11-18 49.

— CRATER (48) ?

Goode 3, Norum 14, Petersen 3, Sills 4, Darnell 2, Haas 17, Burrill 2, Goff 3, Ryan 0. Totals: 19 7-17 48.

Eagle Point ................................................ 9 7 18 8 7 — — 49 Crater ........................................................13 12 9 8 6 — 48

3-point goals — Eagle Point 2 (Horn 2), Crater — (Norum 2, Petersen 1). Fouled out — Nackerud. Techncial fouls — Burdick.

JV score: Crater 62, Eagle Point 52.

GRANTS PASS 58, KLAMATH UNION 53- At Klamath Falls, Klamath Union did not go down easily against No. 2-ranked Grants Pass (11-0, 1-0 SOC).

The Pelicans (3-6, 0-1 SOC) led by as many as five points in the second half, but went six minutes without scoring against a tough Caveman match-up zone defense. KU trailed 42-40 entering the final period.

Andy Dobner paced Grants Pass in the fourth quarter with a timely 3-point goal and sank 4 of 4 from the foul line down the stretch. The 6-foot senior guard notched a game-high 23 points.

Grants Pass lost two starters when senior post Ian Elseth fouled out midway through the fourth quarter and senior guard Brant Minor was ejected.

Tyler Baker paced the Pels, who made eight 3-point baskets, with 16 points.

— GRANTS PASS (58)- York 7, Minor 4, Andy Dobner 23, Berg 4, Dastrup 5, Lathen 4, Mahr 2, Elseth 9. Totals: 20-47 12-22 58.

— KLAMATH UNION (53)

— — Ja. Mortenson 6, Garcia 9, Tucker 3, Pisan 1, Tr. Baker 0, Orwiler 0, Je. Mortenson 7, Mitchell 5, Tyler Baker 16, Caleb 6. 16-34 13-20 53.

Grants Pass..............................................11 20 11 16 — 58 Klamath Union........................................11 19 10 13 — 53

3-point goals — Grants Pass 6-14 (Dastrup 1, Dobner 4, York 1), Klamath Union 8-19 (Caleb 1, Ty. Baker 2, Mitchell 1, Tucker 1, Garcia 3). Fouled out — Elseth, Ja. Mortenson. Tehcnical foul — Minor (ejected).