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South has little trouble getting past Ashland

One half and two completely different quarters is what separated the second-ranked South Medford boys basketball team from Ashland on Friday.

The visiting Grizzlies slowed the tempo of the game and trailed by only 13 points heading into the final period before South shifted gears and cruised to a 74-45 win.

The Panthers, who led 39-23 at the half, shot just 2-of-9 in the third quarter as Ashland crept closer.

"Their (Ashland) whole intent was to slow the game down and limit our possessions," said South Medford coach Dennis Murphy, whose team took only 21 shots in the second half compared to 16 for Ashland. "We just cranked it up a little in the fourth quarter."

South Medford, which forced 19 Ashland turnovers while committing only nine, found the range in the final frame with a 9 of 12 effort from the field.

Ryan Heil topped the scoring column for South with 21 points and displayed a steady floor game with eight assists, five steals and only one turnover.

Eric Fiegi added 19 points and Boomer Marshall scored 11 to go along with five boards, three assists and two steals.

Nick Palmesano led the Grizzlies with 17 points and Bryan Clevenger added 16.

The Panthers (22-1, 13-0 SOC) will try and complete the SOC season unscathed with a road game at Klamath Union on Tuesday.

"We've played well and won a lot of basketball games," said Murphy. "We'd like to go over there (Klamath Falls) and play with a sense of urgency, just like it was the first game of the season."

ASHLAND (45) - Bryan 2, Weston 4, Clevenger 16, Palmesano 17, Morris 0, Presicci 2, Wright 4, Compton 0, Brown 0. Totals: 17 6-9 45.

SOUTH MEDFORD (74) - Smith 7, Lower 0, Fisher 2, Heil 21, Walport 0, Haggert 8, Olson 2, Johnson 2, Carpenter 2, Marshall 11, Fiegi 19. Totals: 25 15-20 74.

Ashland................................................9 14 10 12 - 45

South Medford......................................17 22 7 28 - 74

3-point goals - Ashland 5 (Clevenger 4, Palmesano 1), South Medford 9 (Smith 1, Heil 5, Marshall 3).

JV result - South Medford won.

? NORTH MEDFORD 97, EAGLE POINT 37 - At Eagle Point, North Medford post Gabe Burchfiel erupted for a school-record 42 points, outscoring Eagle Point by himself.

Burchfiel's career-high total eclipsed the previous Black Tornado record of 39 points by Jeff Nielson.

A 6-foot-4 senior, Burchfiel shot 15-for-21 from the field and 12-for-15 from the free-throw line. He also grabbed 18 rebounds, including eight at the offensive end.

North (7-15 overall, 4-9 SOC) sped to a 52-15 halftime edge on the strength of a 33-3 second-quarter advantage. Burchfiel tallied 19 in the second, the new Tornado record for points in a quarter.

The Eagles (2-21, 1-12) had three players foul out and picked up two technicals in defeat. Junior wing Tim Martinen and senior forward Rocky Johnston each recorded 10 points for Eagle Point.

North senior guard Zach Taylor scored 15 points to aid Burchfiel's outpouring.

NORTH MEDFORD (97) - Burchfiel 42, Taylor 15, Clifton 10, Timmerman 5, Lucas 5, DeLine 4, Barlow 4, Hovland 2, Rowley 3, Higgins 2, Strong 0, Faaeteete 0. Totals 36-60 20-34 97.

EAGLE POINT (37) - Martinen 10, Johnston 10, Goodson 6, Brown 3, Tree 3, Sychla 3, Hinkle 2, Anderson 0, Brewington 0. Totals 13-32 9-22 37.

North Medford ............................... 19 33 26 19 - 97

Eagle Point .................................... 12 — 13 9 - 37

3-point goals - North Medford 5-10 (Timmerman 1, DeLine 1, Clifton 1, Taylor 1, Rowley 1), Eagle Point 2 (Sychla 1, Martinen 1). Fouled out - Johnston, Goodson, Brown. Technicals - Brown, EP coach Boye.

JV result - North Medford won.

ROSEBURG 44, KLAMATH UNION 32 - At Klamath Falls, Joe Newton scored seven of his game-high 16 points as Roseburg pulled away in the fourth quarter.

The victory keeps the Indians tied for second in the SOC with Grants Pass. Klamath Union remains one game ahead of Crater, which lost to Grants Pass 50-48, for fourth place in the conference with one game remaining.

The Pelicans (12-10, 7-6 SOC) tied the game at 27-all early in the fourth quarter, but the Indians went on a 17-5 run the rest of the way.

Garrett Stembridge got the Indians off to a quick start by canning all three of his 3-point baskets in the first quarter. Stembridge finished with 12 points.

ROSEBURG (44) - Brundige 6, Hall 7, Stembridge 12, Pust 0, Garrelts 3, Krieg 0, Bauman 0, Newton 16. Totals: 16-44 8-14 44.

KLAMATH UNION (32) - Tucker 8, Garcia 4, Baker 6, Pisan 4, Wynn 5, Mortenson 3, Caleb 2. Totals: 11-51 5-7 32.

Roseburg.............................................13 4 10 17 - 44

Klamath Union..................................10 — 11 8 - 32

3-point goals - Roseburg 4-12 (Stembridge 3, Hall 1), Klamath Union 5-25 (Baker 2, Garcia 1, Tucker 2). Fouled out - Wynn, Tucker.

JV result - Roseburg won.