Martin, Panthers rally past Reynolds
South Medford's Riley Martin could handle the pressure.
The Reynolds boys basketball team, meanwhile, wasn't quite as cool.
The senior wing scored 17 points and knocked down a pair of key free throws with 22.2 seconds left as the Panthers beat the Raiders, 58-54, in the first round of the Abby's Holiday Classic at South Medford High on Tuesday.
South (5-4) will play Forest Grove (7-1) in the semifinals at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at the same venue. The Vikings beat Roseburg, 74-52, earlier.
Reynolds (2-4) will take on Roseburg at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Chase Cota scored 12 points, including nine in the first half, and 5-foot-10 guard Kaleb Franklin went for eight points and 17 rebounds for the Panthers, who trailed by as many as 10 points in the third quarter after leading by one at halftime.
South switched up its defense with a swarming press in the fourth quarter, creating turnovers and allowing the Panthers to claw back in it late.
"We needed to get these guys going," South Medford head coach James Wightman said. "We had the right players on the floor, we could pressure them and we did that. Next thing we know, it's a four-point game, we get a steal and now we are up one or two. ... We were a completely different squad."
Said Reynolds coach Ted Aubin: "(South Medford) ramped up their pressure. We had practiced against it but I felt our guys weren't game-experienced against it and wilted a little bit. ... Credit South Medford for not giving up and changing something up and surprising us a little and getting us out of our comfort zone."
The Raiders took a 10-point lead after Sam Scarpelli drove to the hoop, scored and converted the free throw after being fouled with 2:16 left in the third.
A steal by Enoch Cunningham led to a Martin jumper that cut it to a two-point deficit with 6:12 remaining in the game.
"We were down and then we went to press and we started to get a lot of energy and had a few steals and stops and everyone started getting jazzed and getting some shots," Martin said. "People hit some big shots and everyone got super fired up."
Martin later canned a 3 to trim Reynolds' lead to one, 49-48. A possession later, Jaalen Owens made an open-court steal and scored to put the Panthers ahead, 50-49, with 3:30 to go.
Jesse Higgins' bucket with 2:30 left gave South a 52-51 advantage with 2:30 left and, with the game tied at 52 and 1:24 remaining, Owens knocked down a pair of free throws.
Paris Finley scored for Reynolds with 26.2 seconds remaining to trim the deficit to one before Martin buried his clutch free throws. A Raider miss led to another free-throw opportunity for Martin, who hit 1 of 2.
"I was just trying to have not too much go through my head at that point, honestly," Martin said of his two free-throw swishes. "Just put the nerves aside and focus on the rim and knock them down."
Cunningham finished with five points and two steals for South, which led 27-26 at halftime.
Jordan May scored 22 points for the Raiders, who have lost four straight. North Medford beat Reynolds, 75-70, at the Lakeridge Tournament on Dec. 19.
REYNOLDS (54): Christianson 0, Woods 0, Reiss 0, Scarpelli 10, May 22, Hewett 5, Finley 6, Joseph 0, Crawford 11. Totals: 21 8-13 54.
SOUTH MEDFORD (58): Mitchel 3, Martin 17, Franklin 8, Phillips 4, Owens 5, Cunningham 5, Parnell 2, Winans 0, Cota 12, Higgins 2. Totals: 22 11-20 58.
3-point goals — Reynolds 4 (May 4), South Medford 3 (Cunningham 1, Martin 1, Mitchell 1). Fouled out — Franklin.
FOREST GROVE 74, ROSEBURG 52: Bailey Evers scored 28 points with six 3-pointers, including five in the first quarter, for Forest Grove in the first round of the Abby's Holiday Classic.
The Vikings (7-1) will play South Medford at 7:15 tonight at South Medford High.
Cody Johnson had 15 points for Roseburg (2-5).
Forest Grove, which led 38-16 at halftime, has won seven straight.
FOREST GROVE (74): James 8, Evers 28, Bernards 2, Stanich 6, Jones 2, Riley 2, Purcell 6, Thompson 13, G. Littlefield 2, D. Littlefield 6, Emerick 0, Richards 2. Totals: 26 12-16 74.
ROSEBURG (52): Johnson 15, Crince 8, Lucido 6, Seely 4, Lookabaugh 3, Lake 0, Warmouth 10, M. Stone 0, J. Stone 0, Jacks 5, Sconce 1. Totals: 13 19-25 52.
3-point goals — Forest Grove 10 (Evers 6, Thompson 2, James 1, D. Littlefield 1), Roseburg 7 (Johnson 3, Crince 1, Seely 1, Warmouth 1, Jacks 1).
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