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North wins thriller; South hits 100

SOC Roundup

The banks were open, and Jordan Ellis made a deposit.

Ellis banked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 3.8 seconds left in overtime to give North Medford a wild, 41-40 victory over Ashland in Southern Oregon Conference boys basketball Friday.

After Sam Littleton made one of two free throws to give Ashland a 40-38 lead, the Black Tornado took over with 25 seconds remaining.

As the clock wound down, Ellis, a freshman, came off a screen, took a pass and fired from 22 feet.

I did run up to him and ask if he called that, said North coach Tim Sam. He said, 'Yeah.'

With no timeouts left, Ashland had only a launch from near half-court that missed the mark.

— The Tornado improved to 5-12, 2-5 in the SOC. Ashland is 8-10 and 2-5.

North Medford was playing catch-up from the get-go after scoring only two points in the first quarter and turning the ball over 15 times in the first half.

But a near-flawless second-half performance brought it back.

It beats the alternative, said Sam. It's amazing how much better one shot can make you feel. I was proud of how the kids battled back. It wasn't a real pretty game, and there wasn't a lot of scoring, but the kids battled back. That gave them a chance to win it, and they got it.

North trailed 20-11 at halftime and 26-18 after three periods.

But it made up the difference in the fourth period by not turning the ball over once and forcing Ashland to give it up nine times in the period. The Grizzlies had 26 turnovers for the game.

Freshman Josh Pecktol made a key three-point play in the fourth, and Eric Stroh showed nerves of steel by making both ends of a one-and-one free-throw situation to tie it at 31-31 with 30 seconds remaining in regulation.

That was about as bad a first quarter and as good a fourth quarter ' really, second half ' that we could have had, said Sam.

Ashland then scored the first six points of the extra period before the Tornado rallied.

Ellis led North with 11 points, four steals and three assists.

Ashland got 13 points from Josh Cornelius and 11 from Rory Blanche.

ASHLAND (40) ' Cornelius 13, Blanche 11, Reinstedt 9, Costantino 1, Hartzell 2, Littleton 1, Pittman 3, Ramos 0. Totals: 13-44 13-18 40.

NORTH MEDFORD (41) ' Ellis 11, Neel 5, Stefanson 0, Williams 4, Pecktol 5, E. Stroh 4, Eubank 2, Blaschka 0, Slowey 1, Theel 9. Totals: 14-46 7-13 41.

Ashland.........................................7 13 6 5 9 '40

North Medford...........................2 9 7 13 10 ' 41

3-point goals ' Ashland 1-7 (Blanche 1), North Medford 6-18 (Ellis 3, Neel 1, Williams 1, Theel 1).

JV score ' Ashland 41, North Medford 36.

SOUTH MEDFORD 100, CRATER 43 ' At Central Point, Kyle Singler had 22 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocked shots to help top-ranked South Medford reach the century mark for the first time this season.

Kendall Gielow added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Brent Johnson had 14 points, 12 rebounds and three assists for the Panthers (16-1, 7-0 SOC).

Taking advantage of 13 turnovers by Crater, South led 30-9 after one quarter of play.

E.J. Singler added a career-high 12 points, and Myles Daley had 10 for South.

Nick Brothers scored 10 points to lead Crater (6-12, 2-5 SOC), with James Oshel adding eight points, five rebounds and three blocked shots.

SOUTH MEDFORD (100) ' K. Singler 22, Gielow 19, Johnson 14, E.J. Singler 12, Daley 10, Anderson 7, Harthun 6, Stanek 5, DeSimone 3, Grimes 2, . Totals: 37 22-33 100.

CRATER (43) ' Brothers 10, Oshel 8, Peila 8, Crook 5, Hunt 5, Murphy 5, Shults 2, Schmelzer 0, Hogensen 0, Havird 0, Garrett 0, Uhles 0, Louie 0. Totals: 14 12-23 43.

South Medford........................30 20 21 29 ' 100

Crater..............................................9 5 17 12 ' 43

3-point goals ' South Medford 4 (DeSimone 1, Stanek 1, B. Johnson 1, K. Singler 1), Crater — (Brothers 1, Hunt 1, Crook 1). Fouled out ' Oshel, Louie, E.J. Singler.

JV score ' South Medford 49, Crater 41.

ROSEBURG 79, EAGLE POINT 59 ' At Roseburg, despite a career-high 35 point effort from Eagle Point's Derek Grieve, a big second half from Roseburg helped the Indians pull away in the SOC contest.

Roseburg outscored Eagle Point 24-9 in the third quarter to take a 64-41 advantage headed into the fourth quarter.

Eric Thompson, the SOC's leading scorer, notched 28 points on 11-for-22 shooting and a 6-for-6 showing from the free-throw line. The senior post also pulled down 12 rebounds for Roseburg (l0-7, 4-3 SOC).

Jordan Snook added nine points and five assists for the Indians, while Mychal Williams had eight points for Eagle Point (6-12, 1-6 SOC).

EAGLE POINT (59) ' Grieve 35, Williams 8, Bateman 7, Owens 7, Strickland 2, Novak 0, Nevin 0, Harvey 0, Bancroft 0, Badazadigan 0, DeVaughn 0, Krzyzanski 0. Totals: 41 19-22 59.

ROSEBURG (79) ' Thompson 28, Stephens 9, Snook 9, McLean 8, Heard 7, Strahl 7, Messner 6, Russell 3, Gregg 2, Spicer 0. Totals: 60 18-24 79.

Eagle Point..................................16 16 9 18 ' 59

Roseburg...................................19 21 24 15 ' 79

3-point goals ' Eagle Point 4 (Williams 2, Bateman 1, Grieve 1), Roseburg 5 (Snook 2, Stephens 1, McLean 1, Heard 1).

JV result ' Roseburg 58, Eagle Point 37.

GRANTS PASS 52, KLAMATH UNION 35 ' At Grants Pass, Jason Nunnemaker tossed in a game-high 19 points and set up teammates with multiple scoring opportunities from the post to help Grants Pass grab the SOC victory.

The Cavemen outscored Klamath Union 20-5 in the second quarter, which led to a 30-14 cushion at the break.

Austin Wiersma and Shane Mahr each scored eight for the Cavemen (11-7, 6-1 SOC).

Matt Porter led KU (11-7, 4-3) with nine points.

KLAMATH UNION (35) ' Porter 9, Hill 0, Al. Foster 5, Lundy 0, Landrum 5, Aa. Foster 4, Hughes 8, Gallagher 0, Yazzie 4. Totals: 13 6-12 35.

GRANTS PASS (52) ' Nunnemaker 19, Mahr 8, Cowell 0, Saxon 4, Lathen 0, Wiersma 8, Dolmage 6, Ingledue 7. Totals: 18 12-18 52.

Klamath Union..................................9 5 14 7 ' 35

Grants Pass....................................10 20 7 15 ' 52

3-point goals ' Klamath Union — (Hughes 2, Porter 1), Grants Pass 4 (Wiersma 2, Mahr 1, Ingledue 1).

JV result ' Grants Pass won.

Girls

CRATER 47, SOUTH MEDFORD 30 '

Senior guard Emily Brookins provided the offensive spark for Crater (14-4, 6-2 SOC).

Brookins paced Crater with 18 points, including all four of the Comets' 3-pointers.

For South Medford (5-13, 1-7 SOC), Elora Grant had 10 points and six rebounds.

Sophomore Alanna Stevens pulled down seven rebounds for the Panthers, while sophomore point guard Shanae Coker passed out seven assists.

CRATER (47) '

Bagdan 0, Stoner 0, Salyer 0, Brookins 18, Reiter 6, Ludwig 0, Tyska 0, Holderness 6, Brown 0, Haas 7, Albright 8, Harding 2. Totals: 19 5-9 47.

SOUTH MEDFORD (30) ' Coker 3, Nisbet 4, Hooper 5, Stevens 1, Banuelos 4, Grant 10, Mytinger 0, Towry 3. Totals: 11 6-12 30.

Crater...........................................12 13 11 11 ' 47

South Medford...............................11 4 11 4 ' 30

3-point goals ' Crater 4 (Brookins 4), South Medford 2 (Grant 2). Fouled out ' Towry. Technical foul ' South Medford bench.

JV result ' Crater won.

ROSEBURG 75, EAGLE POINT 33 ' At Eagle Point, seventh-ranked Roseburg had four players score in double figures and shot 56 percent from the field (29-for-52) to top Eagle Point.

Kristi Fallin scored 19 points on numerous putbacks to pace the Indians (16-2, 6-2 SOC), while Shayla Corder added 16, Katie Wilton 13 and Julie Piper 12.

Beth Logan and Kirsten Emigh each had eight points for Eagle Point (4-14, 0-8 SOC), while Terrah Whipple added five assists and two steals.

ROSEBURG (75) ' Fallin 19, Corder 16, Wilton 13, Piper 12, Kreshka 7, Jarvis 4, Filley 2, Goecke 2, Johnston 0, Yraguen 0, Westbrook 0. Totals: 29 16-25 75.

EAGLE POINT (33) ' Logan 8, Emigh 8, Fleetwood 5, Schauffler 3, Whipple 2, Orton 2, Griggs 2, Wilkerson 1, DeVaughn 1, Barney 1, Hagy 0, Hedrick 0. Totals: 10 13-23 33.

Roseburg...................................18 22 21 14 ' 75

Eagle Point....................................4 10 9 10 ' 33

3-point goals ' Roseburg — (Corder 1). Fouled out ' Whipple, Emigh. Technical fouls ' Eagle Point bench 2, Filley.

JV score ' Roseburg 35, Eagle Point 19.

GRANTS PASS 60, KLAMATH UNION 39 ' At Klamath Falls, Grants Pass had four players score in double figures, led by Courtney Cameron's 13 points and five assists in the SOC match-up.

The Cavers (13-5, 6-2 SOC) had 22 assists and turned it over only 10 times.

GRANTS PASS (60) ' Cameron 13, As. Franko 11, Woodhead 5, Am. Franko 0, Loffer 2, Hurst 11, Straw 0, Potts 11, Chamberlain 0, Sumner 0, Torgerson 7. Totals: 25-52 7-15 60.

KLAMATH UNION (39) ' Stearns 15, Gilbert 2, Lundy 5, Amos 2, Metz 3, Womack 0, Breezi Coke 12, Rochelle 0, Fiegi 0. Totals: 14-38 10-20 39.

Grants Pass...................................17 19 12 12 ' 60

Klamath Union..................................5 7 14 13 ' 39

3-point goals ' Grants Pass — (Hurst 3), Klamath Union — (Coke 1).

JV result ' Grants Pass 46, Klamath Union 22.