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North Medford storms back for title

LAKE OSWEGO — A furious third-quarter rally put the North Medford boys basketball team in front for good in the Lakeridge Classic championship game on Tuesday.

Three Black Tornado guards each scored 15 points and North Medford erased a 12-point halftime deficit for a 69-66 victory over South Salem at Lakeridge High.

South Salem heaved a contested 3-pointer from 24 feet at the buzzer but it fell short.

North Medford, which improved to 6-1, scored 27 points in the third period to take a 57-55 lead.

Tyren Wolff, Tucker Barry and Brian Schireman each scored 15 points, with Barry also collecting five rebounds and four steals for the Black Tornado.

North Medford’s Kaison Faust went 5-for-6 from the field for 10 points and finished the tournament 12 of 13 from the floor over two games.

Despite the hot second-half shooting, it was inspired defense that keyed the Black Tornado comeback.

“The second half is when things really changed and the defense intensified,” said North Medford coach Scott Plankenhorn. “We got to the way we really want to play defense. With guys getting in there and getting steals, we were able to get out in transition and attack the basket and make some 3s.”

NORTH MEDFORD (69): Wolff 15, Franklin 0, Lasota 0, Barry 15, Hunter 4, Davis 0, Brothers 2, Holmes 4, Schireman 15, Allen 4, Faust 10. Totals: 28-48 10-13 69.

SOUTH SALEM (66): Mathews 13, Carey 0, Wadleigh 5, Nielsen 13, Cabrera 0, Thomas 19, Russell 4, Martin 3, Baughman 9. Totals: 25-48 8-11 66.

North Medford;14;16;27;12;—;69

South Salem;19;23;13;11;—;66

3-point goals — North Medford 3 (Wolff 1, Barry 1, Holmes 1), South Salem 8 (Wadleigh 1, Nielsen 3, Thomas 3, Martin 1). Fouled out — Thomas.

MCKAY 65, GRANTS PASS 61: At Salem, Tayler Phillips led Grants Pass with 24 points, but the Cavemen couldn't stop a fourth-quarter McKay comeback.

Grants Pass (3-3) got 10 points from CJ Reed and nine from Tyler Rund.

GRANTS PASS (61): Phillips 24, Reed 10, Rund 9, Hoy 5, Wallace 4, Valadez 3, Appling 2, Musser 2, Crume 2, Dowd 0, Zozaya 0. Totals: 26 9-15 61.

MCKAY (65): Woods 22, Beach 14, Morin 6, Tavera 6, Wilson 5, Castillo 4, Cornado 2, Bangs 2, Garza 2, Bailey 2. Totals: 21 15-35 65.

Grants Pass;18;10;20;13;—;61

McKay;16;13;15;21;—;65

3-point goals — McKay 8 (Beach 3, Cornado 2, Woods 1, Castillo 1, Wilson 1). Fouled out—Reed, Musser.

MARIST 50, ASHLAND 48: At Corvallis, Ashland fought its way back from a 20-point second-half deficit to take a three-point lead with 1½ minutes left, fell behind again, then missed two potential game-winning 3-point attempts in the waning seconds in the consolation round of the Crescent Valley tournament.

Malik Pippa led a balanced Grizzly attack with 11 points. Six Ashland players had six points or more.

MARIST (50): Gittins 6, Krier 6, Kirk 1, Fulton 2, Collins 11, Gray 9, Hoffman 15, Swan 0, Olmos 0. Totals: 17 9-11 50.

ASHLAND (48): Jones 7, Shibley 8, Fuller 9, Ellis 6, Pippa 11, Elshalom 7, Graham 0, Hansen 0. Totals: 16 10-18 48.

Marist;17;15;9;7;—;50

Ashland;6;11; 20;11;—;48

3-point goals – Marist 7 (Collins 3, Gittins 2, Krier 2), Ashland 6 (Pippa 2, Shibley 2, Jones 1, Fuller 1). Fouled out – Jones.

ELMIRA 55, PHOENIX 37: At Turner, senior post Mase Masalosalo scored 11 points and pulled down six rebounds for Phoenix in the consolation round of the Cascade Christmas Classic.

Thomas Skaff, a junior guard, had 11 points and three steals for the Pirates (2-7), and teammate Kyle Botermans provided eight points and five rebounds.

Phoenix committed 21 turnovers against Elmira’s aggressive man defense.

PHOENIX (37): Masalosalo 11, Sauceda 2, Skaff 11, Knowles 2, Turnbull 3, Ky. Botermans 8, Sabino 0, Beer 0, Watts 0, Ke. Botermans 0. Totals: 15 3-7 37.

ELMIRA (55): A. Smith 10, Bothel 3, Wilson 4, K. Smith 11, Estrella 6, Kaleikau 5, Laing 7, Orme 4, Winters 5. Totals: 21 6-8 55.

Phoenix;13;5;6;13;—;37

Elmira;15;15;11;14;—;55

3-point goals — Phoenix 4 (Skaff 3, Turnbull 1), Elmira 4 (Estrella 2, Kaleikau 1, Laing 1).

SOUTH UMPQUA 64, ROGUE RIVER 58: At Rogue River, despite getting 26 points from Chris Campbell, Rogue River wasn’t able to keep South Umpqua from a fourth-quarter rally.

South Umpqua made four 3-pointers in the final period and outscored Rogue River, 28-11.

Campbell also had six rebounds and three steals for the Chieftains (4-6), who picked up 12 points from Jordan Ehrhardt.

SOUTH UMPQUA (64): Warner 0, Gray 27, Kelly 14, Buffa 0, Rigsby 10, Cole 2, Thompson 9, Smith 0, Vey 0, Williams 0, Page 2. Totals: 24 10-22 64.

ROGUE RIVER (58): Lopez 7, Campbell 26, Woodall 4, Ehrhardt 12, Tambellini 0, Pratt 3, Hansen 6. Totals: 21 13-19 58.

South Umpqua;7;20;9;28;—;64

Rogue River;24;8;15;11;—;58

3-point goals — South Umpqua 6 (Gray 2, Rigsby 2, Thompson 2), Rogue River 3 (Ehrhardt 2, Lopez 1).

JV score — South Umpqua 67, Rogue River 17.

GLENDALE 48, ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 44: At Glendale, Nathaniel James poured in 23 points, but a turnover spoiled Rogue Valley Adventist’s last chance to make up a two-point deficit inside the last minute.

The Red Tail Hawks’ Jared Cumbee, in his return from an injury, scored nine points and handed out eight assists. Trevor Haugen had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

RVA fell to 4-4 overall.