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Tornado snaps three-game skid

SOC Boys

CENTRAL POINT ' For North Medford's Beau Hovland, it's either feast or famine.

Hovland feasted on Crater Tuesday night as the Black Tornado ended a three-game losing streak with a 74-61 victory over the Comets in Southern Oregon Conference boys basketball.

The win boosted North's playoff hopes and moved the Black Tornado (10-8, 6-4 SOC) into sole possession of third place in the SOC.

Meanwhile Crater (7-13, 3-7 SOC) remains tied for sixth ' two games behind Klamath Union and Roseburg for the conference's fourth and final playoff spot.

It was a very big game to stay alive for the playoff picture, Crater coach Matt Meunier said. It was a game we thought we could win.

The Comets' chances were hurt dramatically by the versatile Hovland's performance.

The 6-foot-2 junior guard not only scored a career-high 29 points, but he had seven steals, six rebounds and five assists.

Hovland was too athletic for us, said Meunier. He was either slashing to the basket or hitting 3-pointers. We couldn't contain him.

Crater trailed 32-23 at halftime but cut the margin to two points entering the final period.

The Comets switched to a zone defense at the beginning of the fourth quarter to counter the effectiveness of North post Ryan Lucas, who had 10 points in the third period.

The strategy backfired when Hovland buried two treys and Jeff DeLine added another in quick order to bump the lead back up.

We were hoping going to a zone, we could stop Lucas, said Meunier. We were able to stop him, but Hovland and DeLine put the dagger in us.

Andrew Norum carried Crater with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

For us to win some games down the stretch, we're going to have to have some other people step up, said Meunier. We're relying too much on Andrew.

NORTH MEDFORD (74) ' Timmerman 2, DeLine 11, Hovland 29, Clifton 5, O'Brien 1, Ryan 6, Lucas 20, Running 0, Strahm 0, Fuller 0, Faaeteete 0, Herrera 0. Totals: 24 21-31 34.

CRATER (61) ' Schoonover 8, Tate 5, Wiersma 5, Norum 21, Herbold 1, Slezak 13, Bogle 8, Medina 0, Wilkerson 0. Totals: 19 19-26 61.

North Medford............................20 12 19 23 ' 74

Crater..........................................11 12 26 12 ' 61

3-point goals ' North Medford 5-14 (DeLine 2, Hovland 5), Crater 4-14 (Tate 1, Wiersma 1, Norum 1, Slezak 1). Fouled out ' Tate, Wiersma.

JV result ' North Medford won.

SOUTH MEDFORD 87, KLAMATH UNION 68 ' At Klamath Falls, Craig Johnson scored 24 points as the Panthers improved to 10-0 in the SOC.

Ryan Fiegi and Eric Fischer were also in double figures for the Panthers with 19 and 15 points, respectively.

KU's Jacob Wynn led all scorers with 28 points

SOUTH MEDFORD (87) ' Fiegi 19, Roberts 0, Benson 1, Frantz 7, Berkey 4, Hagert 5, Hunter 5, Johnson 24, Fischer 15, Marshall 7. Totals: 30 23-38 87.

KLAMATH FALLS (68) ' Tucker 7, Crawford 7, Ritter 10, Lockrem 0, B. Hughes 0, Wynn 28, Sargent 7, S. Hughes 0, Baldwin 0, Metz 9. Totals : 25 12-16 68.

South Medford ...........................27 14 19 27 ' 87

Klamath Union............................11 13 19 25 ' 68

3-point Goals 'South Medford 4 (Marshall — hunter — Berkey — Frantz 1) Klamath Union 6 (Wynn 2, Ritter 2 Crawford 1, Tucker 1). Fouled out ' Sargent, Ritter.

JV score' South Medford 62, Klamath Union 45.

GRANTS PASS 96, EAGLE POINT 41 '

At Grants Pass, junior forward Wes Lathen came off the bench to score 20 points to lead five Grants Pass players in double figures.

Eagle Point (7-13, 0-10 SOC) trailed by 11 after the first quarter, then got outscored 48-16 over the next two periods.

Junior guard Mike Pollock added 19 points for the Cavemen (15-5, 8-2 SOC), including five of their 12 3-pointers. Teammate Matt Cowell handed out a game-high 14 assists.

Casey Hedrick and Jacob Goodson scored 10 points each to pace Eagle Point.

EAGLE POINT (41) ' Hinkle 3, Malgarejo 9, Martinen 4, Brewington 0, Andersen 5, Hawkins 0, Hedrick 10, Goodson 10, Brown 0. Totals: 14 9-11 41.

GRANTS PASS (96) ' Fode 0, Higgins 15, Cowell 0, Heater 5, Pollock 19, Mace 10, Dastrup 3, N. Davidson 0, R. Davidson 12, Mahr 8, Chamberlain 4, Lathen 20. Totals: 40 4-5 91.

Eagle Point......................................13 8 8 12 ' 41

Grants Pass.................................24 24 27 21 ' 96

3-point goals ' Eagle Point 4 (Hinkle 1, Malgarejo 3), Grants Pass 12 (Higgins 3, Heater 1, Pollack 5, Mace 2, Dastrup 1).

JV result ' Grants Pass won.

ROSEBURG 44, ASHLAND 41 ' At Ashland, Seth Bauman scored 18 points as Roseburg held off Ashland.

The Grizzlies (3-7 SOC) pulled even at 41-all with less than one minute to play after trailing throughout, but Roseburg answered with a late basket and free throw.

Clint Bryan had 18 points for the Grizzlies. Josh Pust added 14 for Roseburg, which improved to 5-5 in the SOC.

ROSEBURG (44) ' Bauman 18, Pust 14, Clagett 5, Krieg 3, Simone 2, Gerretsen 2, Harvey 0, Behrens 0. Totals: 14 13-17 44.

ASHLAND (41) ' Bryan 18, Palmesano 9, Clevenger 7, Skinner 5, Presicci 2, Brown 0, Mackovjak 0, Morris 0, Bishop 0. Totals: 13 11-11 41.

Roseburg.......................................11 9 14 10 ' 44

Ashland..........................................5 11 14 11 ' 41

3-point goals ' Roseburg — (Pust 2, Clagett 1), Ashland 4 (Bryan 1, Clevenger 1, Palmesano 1, Skinner 1). Fouled out ' Skinner.

JV score ' Roseburg 68, Ashland 66, 2OT.