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North edges Ashland in season opener

North Medford managed key efforts down the stretch to deny Ashland en route to a 62-59 season-opening victory in boys basketball action Tuesday at North Medford High.

Sophomore point guard Derek Mautz scored all six of his points in the fourth quarter, including a late 3-pointer that put North Medford ahead in a back-and-forth battle. Mautz later added a 1-for-2 effort from the free-throw line with 32 seconds to play to give the Black Tornado a 60-59 advantage.

Ashland missed on its chance to answer, but maintained an inbounds opportunity with 15 seconds to go. North senior Michael Levos stole the pass, however, and drained both ensuing free throws after being fouled for the final margin.

"It was a solid game both ways," said North Medford coach Scott Plankenhorn. "We had a couple nice runs to take a lead but they just kept coming back and competing. It was just down the stretch who was going to make the plays, and we ended up making a few more."

Kyle Waits, a 6-foot-6 senior, led all scorers with 18 points for the Tornado and tied Levos with team-high rebounding honors with eight. Levos, a 6-7 senior, added 12 points and North received double-digit scoring from Michael Bradshaw (10) and Jared Knox (10).

Ian Kendall had 12 points to lead Ashland, while teammates Adam Pavlich and Billy Hansen each added 10 points. The Grizzlies, however, hindered their own cause by going 10-for-20 from the foul line.

ASHLAND (59) — Kendall 12, Pavlich 10, Hansen 10, Foley 3, Chasmar 7, Costantino 8, Resch 9. Totals: 22-48 10-20 59.

NORTH MEDFORD (62) — Waits 18, Levos 12, Bradshaw 10, Knox 10, Mautz 6, Brown 2, Maurer 0, Phillips 0, Faust 2, Browne-Moore 2, Osmanski 0. Totals: 25-59 7-11 62.

Ashland 15 19 11 14 — 59

North Medford 22 14 12 14 — 62

3-point goals — Ashland 5-12 (Pavlich 2, Costantino 1, Hansen 1, Resch 1), North Medford 5-23 (Bradshaw 2, Knox 2, Mautz 1).

JV score — Ashland 55, North Medford 54, OT.

SPRAGUE 57, GRANTS PASS 53 — At Salem, Kolton Mahr scored 21 points and Ronnie Fields posted seven rebounds in the season-opening loss for Grants Pass.

Mitch Moyer led the way for Sprague (1-0) with 22 points.

SPRAGUE (57) — Latray 1, Kidd 8, Dillon 0, Mcnally 9, Mattison 4, Ellis 4, Chinn 0, Moyer 22. Totals: 18 14-25 57.

GRANTS PASS (53) — Alexander 1, Nottingham 17, Greats 5, Tardieu 0, Striven 0, H. Fields 0, Romick 5, Jimenez 0, R. Fields 4, Mahr 21. Totals: 14 10-20 53.

Sprague 15 9 18 15 — 57

Grants Pass 8 23 2 20 — 53

3-point goals — Sprague 1 (Kidd 1), Grants Pass 7 (Mahr 4, Romick 1, Greats 1, Nottingham 1). Fouled out — R. Fields.

JV score — Grants Pass 43, Sprague 32.

ROSEBURG 78, CRATER 47 — At Roseburg, Brad Seehawer drilled five 3-pointers and had a game-high 24 points to guide host Roseburg in the season opener.

Teammate Micah Audiss added 14 points, and the Indians received 12 points apiece from Josh Malone and Brandon Johnson.

Sammy Clark led Crater with 11 points. Josh Dalton and Jordan Douglas each had five steals.

CRATER (47) — Clark 11, Crowl 5, Martin 3, Douglas 7, Dalton 6, Reed 2, Hicks 2, Bolton 2, Lacey 7, Neal 2. Totals: 18 5-15 47.

ROSEBURG (78) — Seehawer 24, Audiss 14, Malone 12, Priestley 1, Maurio 0, Weber 5, Jackson 4, Stiefler 4, VanHorn 2, Johnson 12. Totals: 30 6-7 78.

Crater 6 12 12 17 — 47

Roseburg 24 18 19 17 — 78

3-point goals — Crater 3 (Crowl 1, Martin 1, Clark 1). Roseburg 7 (Seehawer 5, Malone 1, Weber 1).

JV result — Roseburg won.

EAGLE POINT 72, YREKA 43 — At Yreka, Calif., Logan White tallied 21 points and 12 rebounds and Tyrone Holmes added 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Eagle Point in the season opener.

Luke White scored 12 points and Corey Humphrey added nine for Yreka (0-1).

EAGLE POINT (72) — Winter 21, Holmes 16, Marlia 7, Snow 6, Reed 6, Gonzalez 5, VanDyke 4, Bolston 4, Morris 3, Smith 0, Rogers 0. Totals: 28 4-9 72.

YREKA (43) — White 12, Humphrey 9, Dow 7, Hall 4, Fisher 4, Eng 3, Barlow 2, Watkins 2, Z. Fisher 0, Locricchio 0. Totals: 23 7-11 43

Eagle Point 16 18 25 13 — 72

Yreka 2 9 14 18 — 43

3-point goals — Eagle Point 4 (Morris 1, Winter 1, Snow 1, Marlia 1), Yreka (White 2, Eng 1, Dow 1).

JV result — Eagle Point won.

SOUTH UMPQUA 69, ILLINOIS VALLEY 53 — At Myrtle Creek, J.J. Jansen scored 29 points and Kaden McFarland added 21 to lead South Umpqua in the opener.

Roger Hults scored 16 points to pace Illinois Valley.

SOUTH UMPQUA (69) — Jansen 29, Page 6, Huling 7, Carmen 2, McFarland 21. Totals: 26 15-22 69.

ILLINOIS VALLEY (53) — R. Hults 16, F. Hults 7, Bethke 2, To. Mikels 5, Tr. Mikels 6, Kendall 6, McLaughlin 6, Free 6, Robbins 0. Totals: 17 2-4 53.

South Umpqua 22 15 14 18 — 69

Illinois Valley 10 12 13 14 — 53

3-point goals — Illinois Valley 5 (R. Hults 2, F. Hults 1, Mikels 1, Kendall 1).

JV score — South Umpqua 70, Illinois Valley 13.

BUTTE FALLS 53, NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN 52 — At Butte Falls, Quinton Weaver helped rally Butte Falls from a 12-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter in the first game of the season.

Weaver scored 26 points and also had 14 rebounds in the win.

New Hope Christian was led by Eli Cunningham, who had 23 points.

BUTTE FALLS (53) — Casillas 2, Gower 4, McGonagle 13, Weaver 26, C. Dunham 6, D. Dunham 0, Adams 2. Totals: 20 13-26 53.

NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN (52) — Cunningham 23, Park 5, Stephens 7, Heater 7, Harp 2, Rossiter 4, Klynhans 0, Colvin 4, Garcia 0. Totals: 21 9-17 52.

Butte Falls 9 12 10 22 — 53

New Hope Christian 6 10 27 8 — 52

3-point goals — New Hope 1 (Cunningham 1). Fouled out — Cunningham, Colvin.