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South, GP, Roseburg share SOC boys crown

CENTRAL POINT ' South Medford hasn't lost two straight boys basketball games since the Class 4A state tournament two years ago.

That streak reached 53 games Tuesday with the Panthers' 88-44 dismantling of Crater to clinch a share of the Southern Oregon Conference championship.

South Medford (19-5, 12-2 SOC), which dropped a 74-71 decision to Roseburg on Friday, earned a share of the title with Grants Pass and Roseburg.

The Panthers, as determined by a coin flip Tuesday afternoon, will travel to play the Indians at 7 p.m. Thursday, with the winner playing Grants Pass at 7 Saturday for the league's No. — seed. If South beats Roseburg, it will play host to the Cavemen. If Roseburg beats South, it will travel to Grants Pass.

The loser of Thursday's league playoff will claim the SOC's No. — spot to the Class 4A state playoffs, with Saturday's loser taking the No. 2 seed.

— To our kids' credit, said South coach Dennis Murphy, who won a share of his ninth SOC crown, they bounced back nicely from Friday's loss. No question, the kids stepped up.

South Medford held Crater to 38 percent shooting (15 of 40) and outrebounded the Comets 40-18.

There were a couple of times where we tapped it around three or four times until somebody put it in, said Murphy of his team's tenacious effort on the offensive boards.

South led 27-7 after the first quarter and built a 40-15 edge at the half.

We came out real well, said Murphy. I think that set the tone for the game.

We needed to come back and regroup (after Friday's loss) and get some momentum back.

Kyle Singler scored 20 points to lead a balanced attack. Isaiah Adams added 17, Brent Johnson 16 and Michael Harthun 14.

Kendall Gielow and Johnson each had 10 rebounds, while Singler contributed seven boards and Harthun six assists.

Jon Robertson and Callan Hartzer scored 10 apiece to lead Crater, which finishes the season 3-21 overall and 1-13 in the SOC.

SOUTH MEDFORD (88)

' Singler 20, Adams 17, Johnson 16, Harthun 14, Daley 9, Gielow 4, Weaver 4, Desimone 2, McKay 2, Wright 0. Totals: 32 18-27 88.

CRATER (44) ' Robertson 10, Hartzer 10, Louie 2, Hogenson 2, Pierce 6, Hunt 3, Wilkerson 9, Schmelzer 2, Moser 0, Crook 0. Totals: 14 8-15 44.

South Medford..........................27 13 26 22 ' 88

Crater............................................7 8 12 17 ' 44

3-point goals ' South Medford 6 (Harthun 2, Adams 2, Singler 1, Daley 1), Crater 6 (Robertson 2, Hunt 1, Hartzer 2, Wilkerson 1). Fouled out ' Louie, Weaver. Technical foul ' Crater bench.

JV result ' South Medford won.

GRANTS PASS 94, KLAMATH UNION 54 '

At Grants Pass, Jason Nunnemaker scored 21 of his season-high 25 points in the first half as Grants Pass clinched a conference first-place tie.

The Cavemen (18-6, 12-2 SOC) left little to doubt when they jumped out to a 58-22 halftime lead.

Grants Pass had three other players score in double figures led by Austin Wiersma and Jake Dastrup, who both tallied 15 points.

For Klamath Union (7-17, 3-11 SOC), Seth Hughes scored 20 points and Daniel Landrum added 17.

KLAMATH UNION (54) '

Hill 0, Landrum 17, Foster 2, Garcia 0, Bennett 6, Cruz 0, Gallagher 0, Hughes 20, Snyder 0, Martin 4, Porter 2, Brooks 0, Yazzie 4. Totals: 20 5-8 54.

GRANTS PASS (94) ' Nunnemaker 25, Thorp 5, Tocher 8, Cowell 3, Wiersma 15, Dolmage 12, Ingledue 0, Berg 6, Dastrup 15, Murray 0, Erbe 2, Lathen 3. Totals: 37 10-17 94.

Klamath Union..........................11 11 18 14 ' 54

Grants Pass..............................,32 26 19 17 ' 94

3-point goals ' Klamath Union 9 (Landrum 5, Hughes 4), Grants Pass 10 (Thorp 1, Cowell 1, Wiersma 3, Dolmage 2, Dastrup 3).

JV score ' Grants Pass 49, Klamath Union 31.

ROSEBURG 75, EAGLE POINT 39 ' At Roseburg, Eric Thompson scored 21 points and Roseburg held a 37-11 edge in rebounds en route to clinching a share of the SOC title.

The eighth-ranked Indians (22-2, 12-2 SOC), who shared the conference crown with South Medford and Grants Pass, will host the Panthers at 7 p.m. Thursday in a league playoff game. The winner plays Grants Pass Saturday for the league's No. — seed.

Thompson scored 21 over the first three quarters before sitting out the fourth. Steven Davis had seven rebounds to lead the Indians, while Mychal Williams scored 19 points to pace Eagle Point (6-18, 1-13).

EAGLE POINT (39)

' Williams 19, Grieve 6, Almaraz 5, Bateman 4, Warner 2, Owens 3, Hagert 0, Boles 0, Strickland 0, Nevin 0, Goodson 0. Totals: 13-45 9-11 39.

ROSEBURG (75) ' Thompson 21, Smith 10, Davis 8, Gregg 8, Stricklin 8, Shriver 7, Schott 4, Walkup 4, Stephens 3, McClean 2, B. Malone 0, J. Malone 0, Snook 0. Totals: 31-57 11-15 75.

Eagle Point......................................8 9 6 16 ' 39

Roseburg...................................19 19 21 16 ' 75

3-point goals ' Eagle Point (Williams 2, Almaraz 1, Owens 1), Roseburg (Shriver 2, Stephens 1, Thompson 1). Fouled out ' Williams. Technical foul ' Eagle Point bench.

JV score ' Roseburg 66, Eagle Point 36.