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Running shot sparks North rally

SOC Boys Roundup

CENTRAL POINT ' An offensively-challenged game turned on one shot.

Ben Running nailed a desperation 3-pointer at the second-quarter buzzer to pull North Medford within four at the intermission and spark a second-half surge as the Black Tornado out-slugged Crater, 47-39, in Southern Oregon Conference boys basketball on Tuesday.

Ryan Lucas scored 18 for the Tornado (8-5, 2-1 SOC) and Running finished with 11.

Crater crept out to a 20-13 lead in the closing seconds of the first half before Running grabbed a loose ball and hoisted in a set shot just before the buzzer.

North scored the first seven points of the third quarter ' five by Running ' to grab the lead for good.

Both teams struggled to shoot the ball, said Comets coach Matt Meunier. North looked to run it and get quick shots. We came down and got good shots, but we couldn't get them to fall.

— North's pressure defense forced 20 turnovers and held Crater to just 14-of-52 shooting from the field.

The 20-9 scoring run in the third quarter helped seal the win for the Black Tornado.

(The third quarter) was the difference in the game, said Meunier. Their press got us a few times and we took some quick shots that they turned around and pushed at us.

The Comets managed to pull within 40-35 in the fourth quarter on an Austin Wiersma 3-point shot, but Lucas answered immediately at the other end with two free throws to seal the deal.

Lucas hauled in a team-high 10 rebounds, while Drew Herrera dished seven assists.

Preston Tate led Crater (4-9, 1-3 SOC) with 17 points.

NORTH MEDFORD (47) ' Running 11, Herrera 4, Williamson 5, Hovland 9, Berger 0, Gielow 0, Ryan 0, Lucas 18, O'Brien 0, Faaeteete 0. Totals: 16-39 12-17 47.

CRATER (39) ' Tate 17, Wiersma 7, Seegmiller 2, Hartzer 0, Wasniewski 0, King 0, Slezak 8, Pierce 2, Wilkerson 1, Herbold 2. Totals: 14-52 6-10 39.

North Medford............................11 5 20 11 ' 47

Crater............................................9 11 9 10 ' 39

3-point goals ' North Medford — (Running 1, Williamson 1, Hovland 1), Crater 5 (Tate 3, Wiersma 1, Slezak 1).

JV score ' Crater 56, North Medford 46.

SOUTH MEDFORD 85, KLAMATH UNION 73 '

At Klamath Falls, freshman Kyle Singler burned Klamath Union for a game-high 26 points as second-ranked South Medford (12-1, 3-0) grabbed an early lead and prevailed in the high-scoring affair.

Both teams shot well from the field. South Medford was just over 50 percent (31 of 60), while Klamath Union connected on 26 of 57 attempts.

Ryan Fiegi added 17 points and Craig Johnson 13 for the Panthers.

Senior guard Paxton Ritter scored 20 points to pace Klamath Union (7-5, 1-2 SOC).

Will Sargent and Sam Stewart each had seven rebounds to help the Pelicans to a 25-23 advantage on the boards.

SOUTH MEDFORD (85) ' Singler 26, Fiegi 17, Heil 0, Sabori 0, Adams 4, Berkey 6, Haggert 6, Hunter 5, Weaver 2, C. Johnson 13, B. Johnson 6. Totals: 31-60 20-25 85.

KLAMATH UNION (73) ' Ritter 20, S. Hughes 12, B. Hughes 5, Wynn 7, Sargent 15, Spires 8, Stewart 6. Totals: 26-57 17-25 73.

South Medford........................27 17 17 24 ' 85

Klamath Union........................20 16 16 21 ' 73

3-point goals ' South Medford 3-12 (Hunter 1, Berkey 2), Klamath Union 4-14 (Spires 1, Ritter 1, S. Hughes 2). Fouled out ' Ritter, Singler, C. Johnson.

JV score ' South Medford 73, Klamath Union 55.

ROSEBURG 51, ASHLAND 38 ' At Ashland, Seth Bauman led all scorers with 13 points for Roseburg as the Indians beat Ashland.

Jeff Skinner led the Grizzlies (4-9, 0-3 SOC) with eight.

Roseburg dominated the inside with size, crashing the boards, denying second-chance shots and blocking many others.

ROSEBURG (51) ' Bauman 13, Davis 11, Hall 10, Jeremiah 6, Malone 5, Frazer 3, Smith 3, Behrens 2. Totals: 17 14-24 51.

ASHLAND

(38)

' Skinner 8, Costantino 7, McDermott 5, Morris 0, Bishop 0, Cornelius 0, Steadmon 3, Pitchell 0, Pittman 0. Totals: 13 9-14 38.

Roseburg.....................................5 18 14 14 ' 51

Ashland.......................................10 11 10 7 ' 38

3-point goals ' Ashland — (McDermott 1, Steadmon 1, Skinner 1) Roseburg 4 (Hall 2, Jeremiah 2).

GRANTS PASS 88, EAGLE POINT 42 '

At Grants Pass, junior Jake Dastrup scored 11 first-quarter points as Grants Pass (9-3, 2-1 SOC) jumped out to a 28-9 lead by the end of the opening period.

Dastrup scored a game-high 23 points to lead four Grants Pass players in double figures.

The Cavemen built a 54-20 advantage by halftime.

Grants Pass had a dozen 3-point goals and Eagle Point had 10.

Dastrup and Tom Higgins paced the Cavemen with four treys each.

Junior Malgarejo knocked down two 3s and led Eagle Point with 10 points. Sophomore Mychal Williams added three 3-pointers for the Eagles (2-9, 0-3 SOC).

EAGLE POINT (42) ' Almaraz 5, Williams 9, Malgarejo 10, Flood 0, Grieve 2, Nevin 0, Bateman 0, Robinson 8, Conley 3,B. Warner 5, J. Warner 0. Totals: 16 0-1 42.

GRANTS PASS (88) ' Higgins 12, Cowell 10, Davidson 3, Erbe 2, Pollock 7, Berg 13, Dastrup 23, Nunnemaker 3, Davey 0, Morgan 5, Waites 6, Lathen 4. Totals: 34 8-18 88.

Eagle Point..................................9 11 16 6 ' 42

Grants Pass...............................28 15 27 18 ' 88

3-point goals ' Eagle Point 10 (Almaraz 1, Williams 3, Malgarejo 2, Robinson 2, Conley 1, B. Warner 1), Grants Pass 12 (Higgins 4, Cowell 2, Berg 1, Pollock 1, Dastrup 4).

JV result ' Grants Pass won.