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Grants Pass streaks by Roseburg

Thanks to Tyler York's inspired play for Grants Pass, combined with the absence of Roseburg's Joe Newton due to foul trouble, the Cavemen broke open a one-point lead at halftime and stormed to a 59-43 win at Heater-Newmann Memorial Gym.

"Tyler came out in the second half and pretty much carried us offensively," said Grants Pass coach Bill Cowell.

York scored 19 of his game-high 22 in the final two quarters, while Brand Minor added 16 for the Cavemen, who avenged an early-season loss to Roseburg.

"If we lose tonight then we're probably looking at third place (in the SOC) and that's not where we want to be in the playoffs," said Cowell.

Friday's win helped Grants Pass (15-3 overall, 7-2 SOC) break a tie in the SOC standings for second, keeping the Cavemen two-games behind South Medford (9-0 SOC) but now one game ahead of Roseburg (6-3 SOC) and Crater (6-3 SOC) with five games to play.

Newton, last year's SOC player of the year, scored 14 points to lead the Indians but picked up his fourth foul midway through the third quarter and was forced to the bench.

With the 6-foot-9 post sidelined, Grants Pass opened up a 12-point advantage and never relented.

"We did a really good job of putting the game away at the end," said Cowell.

ROSEBURG (43) - Newton 14, Brundige 3, Hall 9, Stembridge 2, Pust 9, Garrelts 2, Krieg 2, Bowman 2. Totals: 14 11-14 43.

GRANTS PASS (59) - Draper 0, Cohen 9, York 22, Minor 16, Voges 4, Bailey 2, Mahr 6, Heater 0. Totals: 21 13-21 59.

Roseburg..............................................9 11 12 11 - 43

Grants Pass........................................11 10 16 22 - 59

3-point goals - Roseburg 4 (Hall 3, Pust 1), Grants Pass 4 (Cohen 2, York 2). Fouled out - Newton.

JV result - Roseburg won.

The Comets (6-3 SOC) were in dire straits at the end of the first overtime. They trailed by two points with Ashland at the free-throw line for two shots. But the Grizzlies missed, then Chris Pettegrew tied it with but seconds to spare at the other end.

In the second OT, Ashland had three crucial turnovers and Pettegrew and Bryan Davis each hit two foul shots down the stretch to seal the win.

Derek Petersen scored 18, Andrew Norum 14 and Pettegrew 13 for the Comets.

Chris Presicci and Clint Bryan had 14 points and Nick Palmesano 13 for the Grizzlies (5-12, 1-8 SOC).

CRATER (60) - Petersen 18, Norum 14, Pettegrew 13, Ryan 7, Davis 4, Goode 2, Gugliotta 2. Totals: 20 15-22 60.

ASHLAND (55) - Presicci 14, Bryan 14, Palmesano 13, Weston 8, Rowe 4, Clevenger 2, Wright 0. Totals: 19 13-16 55.

Crater..............................................13 10 7 19 4 7 - 60

Ashland.........................................14 11 12 12 4 2 - 55

3-point goals -Crater 5 (Petersen 4, Pettegrew 1), Ashland 4 (Palmesano 3, Bryan 1). Fouled out - Ryan, Norum.

JV result - Crater won.

The Panthers (18-1, 9-0 SOC) outscored the Eagles (1-18, 0-9) 42-18 in the second half and shot 55 percent from the field for the game.

Eagle Point stayed within single digits for most of the first half.

Tim Martinen had an outstanding game for the Eagles, with 24 points, seven steals and three assists.

SOUTH MEDFORD (84) - Fiegi 23, Heil 20, Lower 8, Johnson 8, Fischer 7, Olson 4, Marshall 4, Smith 3, Carpenter 3, Walport 2, Hagert 2. Totals: 28-51 24-31 84.

EAGLE POINT (44) - Martinen 24, Anderson 6, Brown 5, Johnston 4, Goodson 3, Hinkle 2, Sychla 0, Tree 0, Brewington 0, Geisen 0. Totals: 19-40 5-14 44.

South Medford....................................21 21 18 24 - 84

Eagle Point...........................................13 13 8 10 - 44

3-point goals - South Medford 4 (Heil 3, Lower 1), Eagle Point — (Martinen). Fouled out - Goodson, Johnston. Technical - Tree.

JV result - South Medford won.

ROSEBURG 58, GRANTS PASS 40 - At Roseburg, Lindsey Heard scored 22 points, including 12 on 3-pointers, as Roseburg remained a game behind Crater in the SOC race.

Heard had eight rebounds, as did Jori Grady, who also scored 13 points for the Indians.

Patina Taylor scored nine for Grants Pass.

GRANTS PASS (40) - Taylor 9, Briggs 2, Morton 3, Tardieu 8, Glovinsky 2, Klingel 6, Claflin 2, Austin 0, McHen 2, Moon 6. Totals: 13-41 13-17 40.

ROSEBURG (58) - Heard 22, Grady 13, Shepherd 0, Williams 4, Stephens 0, Bartholomew 0, Tatone 0, Burmeister 9, Lint 1, Bitter 9, Kitzrow 0, Coen 0. Totals: 25-54 3-9 58.

Grants Pass............................................8 7 12 13 - 40

Roseburg............................................14 14 14 16 - 58

3-point goals - Grants Pass — (Tardieu 1), Roseburg 5 (Grady 1, Heard 4).

JV score - Grants Pass won (OT).

SOUTH MEDFORD 65, EAGLE POINT 31 - A smothering defensive effort helped South Medford construct a 25-6 halftime lead and roll to an SOC home victory.

Grant swiped four steals, Gillingham grabbed 10 rebounds and junior post Jennie Brennan contributed 11 rebounds and six points for South (12-8 overall, 8-3 SOC).

Sophomore post Ashley Curtis paced Eagle Point (5-15, 2-9) with eight points.

EAGLE POINT (31) - Bilden 0, Rouhier 6, Curtis 8, Bateman 2, Collier 0, Winner 7, Stanfield 0, McLauhglin 5, Sychla 2, Lee 1. Totals 12 6-13 31.

SOUTH MEDFORD (65) - Wright 12, Carlton 2, Grant 15, Ingram 1, Gillingham 15, Silva 0, Mueller 4, Singler 10, Brennan 6, Magness 0. Totals 24 17-23 65.

Eagle Point ..................................... 2 4 12 13 - 31

South Medford ............................... 13 12 17 23 - 65

3-point goals - Eagle Point — (Winner 1).

JV result - South Medford won.

The Pelicans (4-15, 1-10 SOC) held a huge lead from the charity stripe, connecting on 21 of 42 attempts compared to a 12-for-22 outing for North (5-16, 2-9 SOC).

KU went 10-for-19 from the line in the fourth quarter when the Tornado was forced to foul in hopes of getting back into the game.

Sophomore guard Anna Lilly paced the Black Tornado with 12 points, while Shea Reeves pulled down 12 rebounds.

NORTH MEDFORD (39) - Lilly 12, Seeley 7, Miller 7, Bostwick 6, Rettmann 2, Mellbye 2, Westerman 2, Reeves 1, Cordell 0, Siebenlist 0, Gentry 0. Totals: 13 12-22 39.

KLAMATH UNION (51) - Ritter 25, Leppert 8, Fagan 8, Bocchi 7, Hackett 2, Cooke 1, McVay 0, DeGroot 0, Uerlings 0. Totals: 15 21-42 51.

North Medford..........................................6 15 5 13 - 39

Klamath Union.......................................15 9 11 16 - 51

3-point goals - North Medford — (Bostwick 1). Fouled out - Fagan, Mellbye. Technical - North Medford bench.

JV result - North Medford won.