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Cavemen crush No. 10 Roseburg

GRANTS PASS ' For such a big buildup, Tuesday's boys basketball matchup between 10th-ranked Roseburg and Grants Pass was not much of a contest.

With state-playoff seeding and a potential bid for a Southern Oregon Conference title up for grabs, only the host Cavemen proved up for the challenge at Heater-Newman Memorial Gym.

Grants Pass (16-7, 10-2 SOC) opened a 32-18 halftime lead and limited the Indians to only 14 points in the second half as the Cavemen won going away, 68-32.

It was a weird game, said GP coach Bill Cowell. Everything we did went right and everything Roseburg did went wrong. It was just crazy. We probably played close to as well as we can play and they were on the other end of the spectrum. They just didn't have it tonight for some reason.

Senior guard Jake Dastrup drained six 3-pointers en route to a game-high 27 points, with Craig Dolmage adding nine and Kevin Berg and Jason Nunnemaker eight each for the Cavemen.

The 32 points proved to be a season-low for Roseburg (20-2, 10-2). With No. 7 South Medford (18-4, 11-1) coming to town Friday, the Indians could have been in contention to win the SOC title outright had they beaten GP on Tuesday.

— As it is now, a Grants Pass victory Friday at Ashland (15-7, 7-5) ' combined with a Roseburg win over South ' would create a three-way tie for first place in the SOC with one game remaining.

It's out there, Cowell said of a potential tie for first. We've got to take care of our part of it first and then see what happens. Going to Ashland will be tough, especially since it's going to be senior night.

Eric Thompson had all 10 of his points in the first half for Roseburg, while SOC sixth-leading scorer Steven Davis was held to only two points.

ROSEBURG (32) ' Shriver 4, Stephens 0, Davis 2, Schott 2, Walkup 0, Smith 8, B. Malone 0, J. Malone 2, Stricklin 4, Thompson 10. Totals: 13 4-5 32.

GRANTS PASS (68) ' Thorp 0, Tocher 0, Cowell 4, Wiersma 7, Dolmage 9, Ingledue 0, Berg 0, Dastrup 27, Nunnemaker 8, Murray 3, Erbe 8, Lathen 2. Totals: 26 7-9 68.

Roseburg.........................................7 11 6 8 ' 32

Grants Pass...............................15 17 20 16 ' 68

3-point goals ' Roseburg 2 (Thompson 2), Grants Pass 9 (Dastrup 6, Wiersma 1, Dolmage 1, Murray 1).

JV score ' Grants Pass 56, Roseburg 45.

NORTH MEDFORD 77, EAGLE POINT 48 '

At Eagle Point, Ben Running put together a complete performance with 18 points, 11 rebounds and five assists to lead North Medford (8-12, 5-7 SOC).

The Black Tornado took advantage of a strong inside game to shoot 63 percent from the field.

North also outrebounded Eagle Point, 37-23.

Black Tornado senior guard John Berger added 15 points and eight rebounds, while senior point guard Drew Herrera had eight points and seven assists.

Derek Grieve scored 17 points to pace the Eagles (6-16, 1-11), while point guard Juan Almaraz dished out seven assists.

NORTH MEDFORD (77) ' Running 18, Berger 15, Williamson 9, Ryan 8, Herrera 8, Stroh 7, Waldron 6, Barry 4, Eubank 2, Theel 0, Stanek 0, Slowey 0. Totals: 29-46 16-21 77.

EAGLE POINT (48) ' Grieve 17, Williams 14, Hagert 11, Bateman 4, Almaraz 1, Owens 1, Warner 0, Boles 0, Strickland 0, Goodson 0. Totals: 18-60 10-21 48.

North Medford.........................19 20 21 17 ' 77

Eagle Point................................8 15 13 12 ' 46

3-point goals ' North Medford 3-8 (Herrera 1, Williamson 1, Berger 1), Eagle Point 2-17 (Grieve 1, Warner 1).

JV score ' North Medford 46, Eagle Point 38.

KLAMATH UNION 63, CRATER 59 ' At Klamath Falls, Crater's interior presence controlled the first half, but the Pelicans' agressive full-court pressure in the second half turned the tide in the SOC contest.

Senior post Lenny Pierce scored 12 of his 18 points in the first half for Crater (3-19, 1-11 SOC).

KU junior Seth Hughes paced the Pelicans (7-15, 3-9) with a game-high 22 points.

CRATER (59) ' Pierce 18, Wilkerson 10, Oshel 10, Moser 9, Hartzer 5, Robertson 3, Hunt 2, Louie 2, Wasniewski 0, Hogenson 0, Uhles 0. Totals: 23 9-11 59.

KLAMATH UNION (63) ' Hughes 22, Bennett 12, Gallager 12, Landrum 11, Martin 3, Yazzie 3, Foster 0, Garcia 0. Totals: 21 15-29 63.

Crater.........................................16 18 9 16 ' 59

Klamath Union..........................10 13 22 18 ' 63

3-point goals ' Klamath Union 6 (Landrum 3, Bennett 2, Hughes 1), Crater 4 (Moser 3, Robertson 1). Fouled out ' Louie.

JV result ' Crater won.