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Panthers claim first-ever Red Bluff title

Boys Basketball

RED BLUFF, Calif. ' The third time in the finals proved to be the charm for South Medford's boys basketball team at the Red Bluff Holiday Classic.

Fired up by a less-than-stellar showing Friday in a semifinal victory over the host Spartans, the third-ranked Panthers roared out to a double-digit lead against Pleasant Valley and cruised to a 71-30 victory in Saturday's championship final.

The dominating win marked South's first-ever championship in eight tries at the tournament and puts the Panthers in a good frame of mind leading up to the Les Schwab Invitational in Hillsboro on Dec. 27-30.

South's opening game will be at 8:30 p.m. against Beaverton at Liberty High.

It was just a great effort by us, South Medford coach Dennis Murphy said of Saturday's title game. This has been one of our goals when we started the season, to win this tournament since we never have. And the other thing that's important is we can feel very confident heading up to the Les Schwab because we're coming off our best game, at least defensively.

South (5-0) led 20-8 after one quarter and 35-18 at halftime, then turned up the defense to limit the Chico, Calif., squad to only 12 points in the second half.

— We just felt last night, especially on defense, we didn't play well at all, said Murphy. We just didn't play with a purpose and we challenged the kids and they came out and did a great job. I don't think (Pleasant Valley) got a good look all night.

Kyle Singler had 16 points, Michael Harthun had 15 and Brent Johnson 11 to pace the Panthers, with Kendall Gielow adding nine and E.J. Singler notching a career-high seven.

Pleasant Valley senior guard Josh Simmons poured in 15 of his team's 18 first-half points behind four 3-pointers but was completely stymied in the second half thanks to a defensive effort spearheaded by South senior Myles Daley.

It was back to the way we've played prior to last night, said Murphy. We shared the ball real well and, more importantly, we defended well. Those are traits of our basketball team. We've got a lot of weapons; we don't need everyone to be on every night to win.

PLEASANT VALLEY (30) ' Clements 3, Kokal 0, Claverie 0, Parsons 2, Van Gilder 2, Hostettler 6, Luce 2, Jarrard 0, Stewart 0, Simmons 15, Schulken 0. Totals: 9 7-10 30.

SOUTH MEDFORD (71) ' K. Singler 16, Harthun 15, Johnson 11, Gielow 9, E.J. Singler 7, Anderson 5, Daley 2, DeSimone 2, Grimes 2, Stanek 2. Totals: 26 12-17 71.

Pleasant Valley...............................8 10 9 — ' 30

South Medford..........................20 15 17 19 ' 71

3-point goals ' Pleasant Valley 5 (Simmons 4, Clements 1), South Medford 7 (Harthun 3, Anderson 1, Johnson 1, K. Singler 1, Gielow 1). Technical fouls ' Clements.

C.K. McCLATCHY 54, EAGLE POINT 37 '

At Anderson, Calif., 6-foot-6 post Jamal Thomas tallied 28 points against Eagle Point in the title game of the Anderson Invitational.

The Eagles (3-4) pulled within 29-28 in the third quarter and had three chances to go ahead but couldn't capitalize. They didn't get any closer.

Senior guard Mychal Williams paced the Eagles with 13 points and Derek Grieve added six points and nine rebounds.

C.K. McCLATCHY (54) '

Jamal Thomas 28, Mack 6, Liang 2, Kunisaki 2, Gonzalez 2, Gibbs 2, Bonnel 12, Denico 0, Akinlosoto 0. Totals: 21-41 10-11 54.

EAGLE POINT (37) ' Mychal Williams 13, Strickland 2, Bateman 4, Grieve 6, Krzyzanski 8, Owens 4, Nevin 0, Bancroft 0, Campanelli 0, DeVaughn 0, Badazadigan 0. Totals: 12-46 6-11 37.

C.K. McClatchy.........................12 10 14 18 ' 54

Eagle Point.................................4 12 11 8 ' 37

3-point goals ' C.K. McClatchy 2 (Mack 2), Eagle Point 5 (Williams 3, Krzyzamski 2).

TAFT 65, ASHLAND 45 ' At Oxnard, Calif., Taft had 17 offensive rebounds and forced 23 Ashland turnovers to win the third-place game at the eight-team Trident Tournament.

Taft also drilled 10 shots from 3-point range to pull away.

Josh Cornelius led the Grizzlies (5-3) with 13 points. Colin Reinstedt had a team-high eight rebounds.

TAFT (65) ' Haynes 16, Smith 14, Green 11, Bellfield 11, Hawkins 4, Drew 3, Boykins 2, Carter 2, Phelps 2, Edwards 0, Sweeney 0, Raschiduddin 0. Totals: 25 5-11 65.

ASHLAND (45) ' Cornelius 13, Littleton 7, Pittman 7, Lipski 6, Reinstedt 4, Hartzell 3, Raymond 3, Costantino 2, Blanche 0, Ramos 0, Clemente 0. Totals: 17 6-12 45.

Taft............................................17 19 13 16 ' 65

Ashland.......................................15 10 11 9 ' 45

3-point goals ' Taft 10 (Smith 4, Bellfield 3, Haynes 2, Drew 1), Ashland 5 (Cornelius 3, Littleton 1, Raymond 1).

MAZAMA 77, CRATER 66 '

At Klamath Falls, Mazama senior forward Drew Reed was 19 of 20 from the line in a game that saw 57 fouls called and 75 free throws taken.

Mazama (3-6), which had been shooting only 48 percent from the line entering the game, connected on 31 of 42 free throws.

Reed finished with a game-high 31 points.

Sophomore guard Nick Brothers led Crater (2-5) with 13 points, junior forward Warren Havird added 12 and sophomore guard Bryce Peila had 12.

CRATER (66) ' Brothers 13, Havird 12, Peila 12, Louie 7, Shults 7, Hunt 5, Schmelzer 6, Hogensen 2, Crook 4, Tejcka 0, Hoffman 4, Oshel 8. Totals: 21-51 22-33 66.

MAZAMA (77) ' Reed 31, Toller 16, Saltenburger 15, Wagner 0, Obedowski 0, Delawyer 3, Wilds 6, Wonser 4, Valenta 2, Millsap 0. Totals: 22-45 31-42 77.

Crater.........................................13 21 16 16 ' 66

Mazama.....................................20 24 13 20 ' 77

3-point goals ' Crater 5 (Brothers 2, Schmelzer 2, Hunt 1), Mazama 2 (Toller 2). Fouled out ' Saltenburger, Oshel.

JV score ' Mazama 63, Crater 56.

WILSONVILLE 57, NORTH VALLEY 44 '

At Wilsonville, senior wing Elias Eave scored 17 points to spark defending Class 3A state champion Wilsonville.

North Valley (4-4) held a 26-23 halftime lead, but Wilsonville outscored the Knights 17-6 in the third.

Wilsonville sank 11 of 13 from the line in the fourth.

Junior wing Derekk Vandehey paced North Valley with 16 points, and junior guard Nate Ellis contributed 11. Senior post Josh Makepeace dished out 11 assists.

NORTH VALLEY (44) ' Vandehey 16, Ellis 11, Malinoff 8, Jos. Makepeace 6, Calkins 2, Turner 1, Spain 0, Claffey 0, Olmstead 0, Jor. Makepeace 0. Totals: 17 6-11 44.

WILSONVILLE (57) ' Eave 17, Langford 12, Staub 11, Akelrod 8, C. Willis 7, Crace 2, Davis 0, Wardle 0, M. Willis 0, Galbraith 0. Totals: 20 15-22 57.

North Valley..............................16 10 6 12 ' 44

Wilsonville.................................13 10 17 17 ' 57

3-point goals ' North Valley 4 (Vandehey 4), Wilsonville 2 (Langford 2).

JV result ' Wilsonville won.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN JV 56, BUTTE FALLS 50 ' At Butte Falls, Jarod Hess scored 15 points as Cascade Christian's JV team won the Butte Falls Invitational.

Butte Falls (4-4) had only five turnovers and was led by Dillon Ross' 15 points, seven rebounds and two assists and Chris Stephenson's 11 points, seven assists and five steals.

Ross and Stephenson made the all-tourney team along with Cascade Christian's Jeremy Cheney and Jacob Ayala and New Hope Christian's Michael Mrkvicka.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN JV (56) ' Hess 15, Morse 10, Hillis 10, Ayala 9, Henry 8, Duchien 2, Cheney 2, Siliga 0. Totals: 22 10-14 56.

BUTTE FALLS (50) ' Ross 15, Stephenson 11, Hamilton 10, McLaughlan 3, Carter 2, Knighton 9. Totals: 18 9-14 50.

Cascade Christian JV................12 15 17 12 ' 56

Butte Falls.....................................8 7 20 15 ' 50

3-point goals ' Cascade Christian JV 2 (Morse 1, Hess 1), Butte Falls 5 (Hamilton 2, Knighton 3, Stephenson 1).

SANTIAM CHRISTIAN 53, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 33 ' Third-ranked Santiam Christian forced 22 turnovers and held Cascade Christian to 28-percent shooting during a nonconference game at The Pavilion.

The Challengers (4-2) were 0-for-17 from 3-point range and fell behind 20-6 after the first quarter against Santiam Christian's man-to-man defense.

Andrew Shipley had eight points to lead Cascade Christian, while Chris Buck had seven rebounds.

SANTIAM CHRISTIAN (53) ' John 5, Menges 0, Sullivan 11, Richardson 3, Warner 5, Bittner 20, Mason 2, Carey 2, Chambers 5. Totals: 18 9-19 53.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (33) ' Sha 0, A. Shipley 8, D. Shipley 4, Wipf 0, Heidegger 7, Smith 0, Davis 1, Thomas 0, Burchfiel 0, Fite 0, Buck 7, Ayala 6. Totals: 14 5-11 33.

Santiam Christian.......................20 10 9 14 ' 53

Cascade Christian..........................6 15 4 8 ' 33

3-point goals ' Santiam Christian 2 (Richardson 1, John 1). Fouled out ' Mason, Warner, Wipf, Heidegger.