Barry, North heat up in win
Tucker Barry and his teammates delivered at the Abby’s Holiday Classic on Sunday.
The North Medford junior guard erupted for a career-high 25 points as the ninth-ranked Black Tornado whirled by McKay, 71-42, during the opening night of the tournament at North Medford High.
North Medford (7-1) — winners of six in a row — will face Franklin at 6 tonight at South Medford High. The Quakers beat Sprague, 50-45, in the earlier contest.
Barry rattled off 12 of his team’s 19 points in second quarter and added 11 more in third.
The Tornado held a one-point lead after the first quarter but owned a 31-21 advantage by halftime, thanks in large part to Barry. And when the dust had finally settled, Brian Schireman had 14 points, Tristen Holmes had recorded nine points, seven assists and six rebounds and Karter Dixon had chipped in 11 points off the bench.
“Man, Tucker gave it to us,” North head coach Scott Plankenhorn said. “We’ve been living and dying on Brian and Tristen, and then here came our third wheel, who we’ve been slowly getting more and more out of. Today was a breakout day for him. Our team is so great about making the extra pass and when he got going they all fueled off him.”
Barry’s coast-to-coast layup with 2:58 to go in the third lifted North’s advantage to 51-25 and forced a McKay timeout. The Black Tornado was up by 29 at the end of the quarter.
Barry did a bit of everything, pushing hard to the hoop and knocking down jumpers and a pair of 3s. He was 9-of-13 from the field and 5-of-6 at the free-throw line.
“My teammates were finding me,” said Barry, who exited the game with about 31⁄2 minutes left in the third and played for a couple minutes in the fourth before calling it a night. “I wanted our team to come out strong and just wanted to give our team some energy.”
Mission accomplished. North connected on seven of its 24 attempts from downtown, and was an efficient 20-of-29 from inside the arc. Another positive contribution came from reserve Tyren Wolfe, who had eight points. The Tornado committed just eight turnovers to the Royal Scots’ 18.
“We’re a weird team,” Plankenhorn said. “We shoot a lot of layups or midrange jumpers, and hopefully those are wide open ones, because we shoot a lot of 3s and hopefully we’re making those.”
Added Barry: “We are really just blessed with a bunch of 3-point shooters on our team. It’s been really good for us this year.”
Tristen Wilson had 12 points to led McKay (4-4), which lost 62-49 to North Medford in the opener of the 24th edition of the tournament last winter.
“I thought we competed hard for about the first 14 minutes of the game,” McKay coach Dean Sanderson said. “We are a young team and still getting better, and you saw some of that. ... It’s a great test to come down and play North Medford. They are well-coached and the kids play really hard.”
Looking ahead, the victory was a valuable one, Plankenhorn said.
“It’s gives us a rest, and that is big because it’s always hard to play three days in a row,” he said. “So anytime you can rest people it’s huge. I just thought we got a lot of good minutes from everybody.”
MCKAY (42) — Williams 10, Bailey 1, Lebron 0, Gray 2, Garcia 5, Stone 8, Woods 4, Wilson 12, Agulair 0. Totals: 14-37 13-22 42.
NORTH MEDFORD (71) — Allen 0, Schireman 14, Barry 25, Tri. Holmes 9, Faust 2, Williams 0, Dixon 11, Singleton 0, Polataivao 2, Brothers 0, Wolfe 8, Tre Holmes 0. Totals: 27-53 10-15 71.
3-point goals — McKay 1-7 (Garcia 1), North Medford 7-24 (Barry 2, Dixon 3, Wolfe 2).
FRANKLIN 50, SPRAGUE 45: Joseph Smoyer had 16 points to lead Franklin in the Abby’s Holiday Classic at North Medford High.
Franklin (3-2) will face North Medford at 6 tonight in the semifinals at South Medford High. The Olympians (0-7) will take on the Royal Scots at 2:30 today at South Medford.
Kevinn Doern chipped in eight points for the Quakers, who held Sprague to just four points in the second quarter.
Kaiden Flanigan scored 14 points for the Olympians.
The two teams combined for 45 turnovers (24 for Sprague and 21 for Franklin).
FRANKLIN (50) — McGee 3, Carlson 0, Doern 8, Jacobson 1, Stock 2, Chatman 7, Fields 6, Cunningham 7, Smoyer 16, Davis 0. Totals: 17-45 15-29 50.
SPRAGUE (45) — Posey 0, Blea 0, Flanigan 14, Quitoriano 7, VanHouten 0, Laws 0, James 7, Freeburg 6, Miller 11, Long 0. Totals: 18-40 8-13 45.
3-point goals — Franklin 1-9 (Doern 1), Sprague 1-4 (Quitoriano 1).
Reach reporter Dan Jones at 541-776-4499, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Find him online at twitter.com/danjonesmt