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Tornado edges Churchill in double OT

EUGENE — In took two overtime periods, but North Medford had just enough firepower to overcome Churchill on Thursday in a game filled with offensive fireworks.

The Black Tornado (7-3) landed the last punch, defeating Churchill 100-94 on the road in the final nonconference game for both teams.

"As a fan, I'm sure a lot of people enjoyed the game because there was a lot of nice shooting going on," North coach Scott Plankenhorn said. "It was really a shootout."

North shot 35 of 56 (63 percent) and Churchill was 32 of 55 (58 percent), and both squads rode the hot hands of a couple players.

Churchill was led by 5-foot-10 point guard Jordan Myers, who had 34 points, including seven 3-pointers, and 6-5 senior wing Blake Harrison added 29 points, including 11 of 11 from the free-throw line.

"We couldn't contain them," Plankenhorn said. "They are both left-handed kids and did a good job of breaking us down off the dribble."

For North, junior guard Jordan Ellis had 35 points on 13-of-21 shooting, and senior guard Danny Berger backed him with 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting.

Ellis had four 3-pointers.

"Those two really put our team on their back and took us through," Plankenhorn said.

Myers connected on a 3-pointer to send the game to overtime, and Churchill hit two free throws to take the lead with 10 seconds left in the first overtime period.

But Ellis was fouled bringing the ball up the court and calmly sank two free throws with six seconds remaining as the game headed to a second overtime.

"That might be tougher than shooting the ball sometimes, stepping up there by yourself," Plankenhorn said. "His (Ellis') confidence is high and he's shooting it well."

Berger had six points in the second overtime, and North took advantage of key Churchill turnovers to pull away.

North point guard Michael Williams forced a key turnover and hit clutch free throws down the stretch, while Tim Budavari-Jasper had all 13 of his points in the second half as well as in overtime.

"We stepped up to the challenge," Plankenhorn said. "For us, on the road in overtime, it's really a sweet win and keeps us on a roll."

North opens Southwest Conference play on Tuesday at rival South Medford.

NORTH MEDFORD (100) — McLemore 2, Williams 6, Ramirez 3, Ellis 35, Pecktol 4, Berger 26, Barlow 0, Waldron 7, Budavari-Jasper 13, Maurer 4. Totals: 35 25-37 100.

CHURCHILL (94) — Harrison 29, Rudinsky 0, Determan 1, Myers 34, Travers 3, Knapp 0, Johnson 9, Means 11, O' Connell 7, Gunderson 0. Totals: 32 20-26 94.

North Medford 20 16 24 17 9 14 —100

Churchill 17 19 22 19 9 8 —94

3-point goals — North Medford 5 (Ramirez 1, Ellis 4), Churchill 10 (Harrison 2, Myers 7, Travers 1). Fouled out — Pecktol, Determan, Johnson, McConnell.

JV result — Churchill 55, North Medford 45.

NORTH EUGENE 66, GRANTS PASS 37 — At Eugene, the state's top-ranked Class 5A team used its inside dominance and outside shooting to roll to the nonconference win.

The Highlanders shot 60 percent and got 13 points out of Drew Laird and eight points and seven rebounds out of 6-foot-8 Joe Kammerer. Brian Conklin, a 6-10 post who is headed to St. Louis, had 12 points.

Zach Morgan scored 15 to lead Grants Pass (4-6).

GRANTS PASS (37) — Morgan 15, Nicholson 0, Carpenter 0, West 5, Saxon 4, Wiersma 6, Parker 3, Tardieu 0, Fields 4, Davidson 0. Totals: 12 6-13 37.

NORTH EUGENE (66) — Kranz 3, Christianson 0, Kirkpatrick 9, Maita 2, Conklin 12, Baker 7, Drew Laird 13, Vanderhoff 9, Andes 3, Bent 0, Kammerer 8. Totals: 23 13-14 66.

Grants Pass 8 13 4 12 — 37

North Eugene 18 14 21 13 — 66

3-point goals — Grants Pass 7 (Morgan 3, West 1, Wiersma 2, Parker 1), North Eugene 7 (Kranz 1, Baker 1, Laird 3, Vanderhoff 1, Andes 1). Fouled out — Saxon.

JV score — North Eugene 64, Grants Pass 53.

Skyline Conference

HIDDEN VALLEY 50, PHOENIX 48 — At Murphy, Hidden Valley's defense negated Phoenix's dominance in the post as the Mustangs wrestled away a Skyline Conference victory.

Although the Mustangs were able to pull away, they missed some free throws down the stretch to open the door for Phoenix.

Defensive rebounding was key for the Mustangs (9-2, 1-0 Skyline), who held the Pirates to just four offensive boards in the contest.

Saxon Gotfried amassed 15 points, seven rebounds and two steals for the Mustangs, who received 12 points, four boards, three steals and three assists from Trevor Porter.

Neil Emerson led the Pirates with 12 points. Mike Shepherd totaled 11 points, but the Pirates' other big man Codey Barrett was limited to six.

PHOENIX (48) — Emerson 12, Shepherd 11, George 6, Barrett 6, Robinson 6, Crichton 3, Locken 2, Workman 2. Totals: 22 4-11 48.

HIDDEN VALLEY (50) — Gotfried 16, Porter 12, Crawford 7, Longo 5, Scott 4, Hayter 4, Blesser 2, Maynard 0, Armanino 0. Totals: 19 11-22 50.

Phoenix 12 11 15 10 — 48

Hidden Valley 15 14 10 11 — 50

3-point goals — Hidden Valley 1 (Longo).

JV result — Hidden Valley won

HENLEY 64, ROGUE RIVER 53 — At Henley, Carson Frantz and Jackson Mitchell combined for 36 points for Rogue River (2-8, 0-1 Skyline) in its Skyline opener.

Top-ranked Henley jumped out to a 9-0 lead and led 54-33 entering the final quarter.

Winston Mueller paced Henley (8-3, 1-0 Skyline) with 15 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Hornet senior point guard Mike D'Olivo had 14 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals.

ROGUE RIVER (53) — Watson 2, White 2, Lee 2, Hofstrand 2, Mitchell 17, Frantz 19, Johnson 3, Mortinson 2, Reyes 4. Totals: 19 13-16 53.

HENLEY (64) — Brewster 1, Staats 7, Evans 6, D'Olivo 14, Mastroianni 7, Lesueur 14, Chavarria 0, Mueller 15, Berling 0, Wedan 0, Myers 0. Totals: 25 9-17 64.

Rogue River 7 12 14 20 — 53

Henley 11 23 20 10 — 64

3-point goals — Rogue River 4 (Frantz 4), Henley 5 (D'Olivo 4, Mastroianni 1).

JV result — Henley won.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 40, NORTH VALLEY 36 — At Merlin, Steven Paul had a game-high 18 points and a key steal to tie the game with about a minute left as Illinois Valley clipped North Valley in the Skyline Conference opener for both teams.

The Knights were forced to foul in the waning seconds and Paul sealed the win, going 4 for 4 from the free-throw line.

Illinois Valley (7-3, 1-0 Skyline) outscored the Knights 27-13 in the second half after trailing by 10 at the break.

Will Crowl reeled in 10 of Illinois Valley's 25 team rebounds and chipped in eight points.

Kevin Rose netted 13 points for North Valley.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (40) — Paul 18, Snook 9, Crowl 8, Augustadt 3, Hults 2, Bergman 0, Escalante 0. Totals: 16 6-12 40.

NORTH VALLEY (36) — Rose 13, Wert 6, Procknow 5, Woodruff 4, Clark 2, Larson 2, Brummett 2, Kellogg 2, Hiler 0. Totals: 16 2-4 36.

Illinois Valley 3 10 14 13 — 40

North Valley 11 12 5 8 — 36

3-point goals — Illinois Valley 2 (Paul 2), North Valley 2 (Rose 1, Procknow 1).

JV results — North Valley 62, Illinois Valley 40.

Southern Cascade League

ST. MARY'S 45, LOST RIVER 20 — St. Mary's senior Andrew Larson scored 10 of his game-high 15 points in the second half in the league opener at the Crusaders' gym.

Larson added six rebounds and four steals for the seventh-ranked Crusaders (7-5, 1-0 SCL).

Max O'Sullivan held Lost River's leading scorer Cort Cox to nine points, while grabbing a team-high seven rebounds to go with six points.

The Crusaders trailed 6-3 after the opening period, but Lou Gambee hit a 3-pointer and Zach Tomlinson completed a three-point play to begin the second quarter as St. Mary's grabbed the lead for good.

LOST RIVER (20) — Cox 9, Pena 0, Johnson 0, Cazarez 0, Noland 0, Grantom 4, Perry 0, Hernandez 4, Haskins 3, Carleton 0. Totals: 9 2-4 20.

ST. MARY'S (45) — O'Sullivan 6, O'Boyle 0, Street 3, Larson 15, Boggess 2, Grant 0, Harper 2, Gambee 7, Watson 2, Bates 0, Gross 4, Tomlinson 4. Totals: 16 10-20 45.

Lost River 6 4 6 4 — 20

St. Mary's 3 12 13 17 — 45

3-point goals — St. Mary's 3 (Larson 2, Gambee 1).

JV score — St. Mary's 33, Lost River 19.