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South topples Ashland

South topples Ashland

At the halfway point of the Southern Oregon Conference season, the South Medford boys basketball team put a stronger hold on a state-playoff berth with a convincing home win over Ashland.

The Panthers built a 40-19 halftime lead and coasted to a 79-53 victory over the Grizzlies on Friday night.

With the win, South Medford rests in third place behind Grants Pass and Roseburg and, according to coach Dennis Murphy, every game from here on out is big.

I would have hoped to have at least one less loss, said Murphy of his team's 5-2 league mark. But it?ll be exciting as we play this thing out.

Ashland didn't have an answer for South guard Ryan Heil or post Eric Fiegi.

The two combined for 14 of the Panthers? 16 first-quarter points and the Grizzlies turned the ball over 13 times in the first half, spelling an easy win for South.

They didn't really have an answer for them (Heil and Fiegi), said Murphy. Our free throw shooting was also very good (7 of 8) in the first half.

Heil scored a game-high 21 points, dished out five assists and pulled down six rebounds. He also finished 8-of-13 from the field with only two turnovers. Fiegi finished with 19 points.

Ryan Allred paced Ashland with 11 points but was the only Grizzly to score in double figures.

South Medford, which improved to 13-4 overall, plays host to Roseburg Tuesday night and will try to avenge a 77-52 conference-opening loss.

It's a big game, said Murphy. We're trying to stay in the hunt for that No. — spot so Tuesday's game is critical.

I think we're better than the last time we played them and that's the most important thing.

— ASHLAND (53)- Allred 11, Ehlers 5, Streng 6, Kirkpatrick 4, Clevenger 2, Beugli 9, Bishop 4, Reins 4, Cate 2, Shields 6, Weston 0. Totals: 19-39 13-22 53.

— SOUTH MEDFORD (79)

— — Heil 21, Tomlins 9, Lower 3, Smith 2, McKay 8, Hilgendorf 2, Olson 0, Mulhollen 4, Johnson 7, Burnett 0, Marshall 4, Fiegi 19. Totals: 30-53 14-22 79.

Ashland...................................................10 9 14 20 — 53 South Medford.......................................16 24 18 21 — 79

3-point goals — Ashland 2 (Streng 1, Beugli 1), South Medford 5 (Heil 3, Lower 1, McKay 1). Fouled out — Shields, Mulhollen.

JV result — South Medford won.

GRANTS PASS 72, CRATER 53 -At Central Point, Ian Elseth led a balanced Grants Pass scoring attack with 16 points as the second-ranked Cavemen remained unbeaten in the SOC.

Crater jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first quarter despite the absence of center Andy Haas, the No. 2 scorer in the league, who was out with an illness. But Grants Pass, now 7-0 in conference play, outscored the Comets 26-13 in the second frame and connected on 7 of 11 from 3-point range to grab a 43-33 half-time edge.

Crater scored the opening bucket of the third quarter but didn't connect from the field over the next seven minutes.

— GRANTS PASS (72)

? Cohen 7, York 11, Minor 8, Dobner 12, Berg 10, Dastrup 6, Mahr 2, Elseth 16. Totals: 27 9-15 72.

— CRATER (53) ?

Norum 7, Petersen 15, Sills 2, Darnell 10, Ryan 11, Pettegrew 8, Goode 0. Totals: 21 4-12 53.

Grants Pass............................................17 26 19 10 — 72 Crater.......................................................20 13 4 16 — 53

3-point goals — Grants Pass 9 (Olson 1, York 2, Dobner 4, Dastrup 2), Crater 6 (Norum 1, Petersen 3, Darnell 1, Pettegrew 2).

JV result — Grants Pass won.

ROSEBURG 57, KLAMATH UNION 50 -At Klamath Falls, Roseburg's two big men proved to be too much for the Pelicans as the Indians improved to 6-1 in league play.

Brennan Garrelts, a 6-foot-6 post, scored 18 points while 6-7 Joe Newton tallied 16 for the Indians.

The Pelicans (6-8, 3-4 SOC) were able to cut a 28-16 halftime lead to two in the fourth quarter but the Indians converted 10 of 10 shots from the free-throw line in the quarter to secure the win.

— ROSEBURG (57) -Walker 3, Moss 14, Williams 0, Osborn 2, Garrelts 18, Hall 4, Newton 16. Totals: 18-42 15-21 57.

— KLAMATH UNION (50) -Ja. Mortenson 7, Luis Garcia 11, Tucker 7, Pisan 4, Tr. Baker 6, Orwiler 0, Je. Mortenson 4, Wynn 0, Mitchell 0, Ty. Baker 9, Caleb 2. Totals: 17-47 8-14 50.

Roseburg.............................................13 15 8 21 — 57 Klamath Union..................................... 7 9 14 20 — 50

3-point goals — Roseburg 6 (Moss 4, Hall 1, Walker 1), Klamath Union 8 (Tr. Baker 2, Ty. Baker 2, Garcia 2, Pisan 1, Tucker 1). Fouled Out — Garcia, Garrelts.

JV result — Klamath Union won.