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North's upset bid comes up short at Roseburg

ROSEBURG ' Seventh-ranked Roseburg used its height advantage to rally past North Medford in a nip-and-tuck Southern Oregon Conference affair Friday night.

The Indians, whose posts average about three inches taller than North's, racked up lopsided advantages in rebounds and free throws to secure the come-from-behind victory.

Tied after the first period, North Medford (6-11, 3-6 SOC) buried four 3-pointers in the second quarter to lead second-place Roseburg 27-22 at the half.

(North Medford) did a nice job of running their offense, said Roseburg coach Mike Pardon. It was just a good game, and I thought they were clutch.

The Black Tornado started to lose momentum in the final periods as Roseburg (18-1, 8-1) worked the ball inside to 6-foot-8 Jeff Stricklin and 6-7 Eric Thompson.

— We're big and I think we're taking the ball to the basket, Pardon said. I thought we executed better in the second half than the first.

A 32-21 rebounding advantage allowed Roseburg put-back opportunities, and caused North Medford to commit fouls. Tornado posts Ty Ryan (6-5) and Ben Running (6-4) were in foul trouble for most of the contest but North received solid play off the bench from Abe Eubank and Shaun Waldron.

North Medford managed to connect on 49 percent of its attempts from the field, but that wasn't enough to stave off the Indians as all-conference point guard Steven Davis took control of the game late and finished with a game-high 16 points.

I thought North Medford played fantastic, Pardon said. It could have gone either way.

North Medford's John Berger buried a trey with seven seconds left in the fourth quarter to pull within two, but Myles Walkup countered with two free throws for Roseburg.

Davis stole the ensuing inbounds play by North to help seal the victory as Isaiah Smith tacked on two more free throws for the final tally. Overall, Roseburg connected on 17 of 24 shots from the foul line, compared to 2-for-4 by North.

Stricklin and Thompson finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Kyle Williamson led North Medford with 15 points, with Running adding 10 and Drew Herrera doling out five assists for the Tornado.

NORTH MEDFORD (52) ' Williamson 15, Running 10, Berger 7, Ryan 7, Herrera 5, Barry 3, Eubank 3, Waldron 2, Stroh 0. Totals: 22 2-4 52.

ROSEBURG (58) ' Davis 16, Stricklin 12, Thompson 10, Walkup 5, Shriver 3, Smith 3, Schott 2, B. Malone 5, J. Malone 2. Totals: 18 17-24 58.

North Medford............................9 18 11 14 ' 52

Roseburg.....................................9 13 17 19 ' 58

3-point goals ' North Medford 6 (Williamson 3, Barry 1, Herrera 1, Berger 1), Roseburg 5 (Davis 2, Shriver 1, Walkup 1, B. Malone 1). Fouled out ' Ryan.

JV score ' North Medford 49, Roseburg 46, OT.

ASHLAND 67, EAGLE POINT 46 '

At Ashland, Ashland had four players score in double figures, led by Josh Cornelius' 15 as the Grizzlies cruised to the SOC victory.

Cornelius also added eight rebounds and Jeff Skinner chipped in with 10 points and 11 boards for Ashland (14-5, 6-3 SOC).

Ashland's Corey Costantino and Josh McDermott had 13 and 12 points, respectively.

For the Eagles (0-9), Derek Grieve posted 22 points, and Mychal Williams finished with eight.

EAGLE POINT (46) '

Grieve 22, Williams 8, Bateman 5, Hagert 5, Warner 4, Almaraz 2, Nevin 0, Owens 0, Boles 0. Totals: 18 7-18 46.

ASHLAND (67) ' Cornelius 15, Costantino 13, McDermott 12, Skinner 10, Reinstedt 6, Kitchell 5, Lee 4, Eriksen 2, Hartzell 0, Littleton 0, Pittman 0. Totals: 28 10-17 67.

Eagle Point..................................11 7 15 13 ' 46

Ashland......................................17 14 16 20 ' 67

3-point goals ' Eagle Point — (Bateman 1, Williams 1, Hagert 1), Ashland — (Cornelius 1). Fouled out ' Bateman.

JV result ' Ashland won.

GRANTS PASS 76, CRATER 51 ' At Central Point, a second-quarter barrage of 3-pointers by Jake Dastrup helped Grants Pass pull away for the SOC rout.

With the Cavemen (13-7, 7-2 SOC) leading 27-24 and 2:12 left in the second quarter, Dastrup took the wind out of Crater's sails by connecting on three of GP's four 3-pointers to close out the half 39-24.

Dastrup finished with five of his team's eight 3-pointers en route to 21 points. Jason Nunnemaker also added 21 points for GP.

Jordan Moser had 15 points to lead Crater (3-16, 1-8).

GRANTS PASS (76) ' Dastrup 21, Nunnemaker 21, Tocher 7, Dolmage 7, Cowell 6, Wiersma 6, Murray 3, Erbe 3, Berg 2, Lathen 0, Thorp 0. Total: 27 14-19 76.

CRATER (51) ' Moser 15, Robertson 9, Oshel 7, Louie 6, Crook 3, Hogenson 2, Hunt 2, Hartzer 2, Wilkerson 2, Tejcka 2, Wasniewski 0. Totals: 17 8-12 51.

Grants Pass.............................. 18 21 19 18 ' 76

Crater......................................... 18 6 16 11 ' 51

3-point goals ' Crater 9 (Robertson 3, Moser 3, Louie 2, Moser 1), Grants Pass 8 (Dastrup 5, Cowell 1, Dolmage 1, Murray 1). Fouled out ' Oshel.