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Streaking Tornado advances to Abby's final

The North Medford boys basketball team enjoyed slices of pizza at Abby's after their win on Wednesday night.

The surging Black Tornado will go for the whole pie tonight.

Senior wing Joey Hunter scored a career-high 20 points as North beat Oregon City, 66-50, in the Abby's Holiday Classic semifinals at South Medford High.

The Tornado (7-4) — which has won five straight — will look to claim its third straight Abby's championship against Forest Grove (8-1) at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at South. The Vikings beat South Medford, 68-54, in the other semifinal Wednesday.

Last year, North defeated the Panthers, 62-54, in the final. It was the Tornado's eighth Holiday Classic crown.

"It's an honor playing for an Abby's title," said Hunter, who registered 12 straight points in the third quarter as North continued to pull away.

North's Kaison Faust went for 15 points, six rebounds and three assists and Brad Allen had 12 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, with seven points and nine rebounds coming in the first half.

The Tornado led by as many as 12 points in the first quarter and owned a 34-20 advantage at halftime.

"We were fairly solid," North head coach Scott Plankenhorn said. "Not perfect but, defensively, we were pretty sound early. We did a good job of running them off stuff. Offensively, we executed really well and stayed patient and got good shots."

With his club leading 30-22 in the third, Hunter took advantage of some defensive switching and went on a one-man scoring spree. During the stretch, he converted three layups and a jump shot and went 4-for-4 at the free-throw line.

"I'm not really the best scorer but when I play through the offense I can find shots," Hunter said.

Said Plankenhorn: "That was all part of being aggressive and we needed him there."

Tre Holmes added 12 points with three 3-pointers and six assists for North, which was up 48-31 entering the fourth.

"He was 40-plus percent last year from 3 and struggled early this year, but the last three or four games he's clicking," Plankenhorn said of Holmes. "He's a football player who is finding his shooting rhythm."

Teron Bradord had 22 points and Chris Figert scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half for the Pioneers (3-4), who were outrebounded, 31-22.

Oregon City will take on South Medford (5-5) in the third-place contest at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at South Medford.

"We challenged our kids to compete as hard as they can and that is exactly what they did," Oregon City head coach Aaron Newkirk said. "I'm really proud of the kids ... We're not happy with the result, but we're happy with the effort. And North is a very good team. In my opinion they are the best team in the tournament and one of the best teams in Oregon and they proved that by winning the Lakeridge Tournament last weekend."

OREGON CITY (50): Sim 2, Wooten 0, Dennis-Lee 0, Figert 16, Thompson 0, Vetter 0, Bradford 19, Fowler 7, Sheldon 0, Smith 6, Quinsey 0, Talley 0. Totals: 19 7-13 50.

NORTH MEDFORD (66): Baptiste 5, Banuelos 0, O'Connor 0, Hunter 20, Barry 0, Rumrey 0, Allen 12, Holmes 12, Faust 15, Ireland 2. Totals: 23 16-25 66.

Oregon City;12;8;11;19;—;50

North Medford;18;16;14;18;—;66

3-point goals — Oregon City 5 (Figert 2, Bradford 2, Fowler 1), North Medford 4 (Hunter 1, Holmes 3).

MCKAY 99, ASHLAND 87: Shaton Daniels and Josiah Castillo each scored 18 points for McKay in an Abby's Holiday Classic consolation contest that saw 82 combined free-throw attempts at South Medford High.

The Royal Scots (5-2) will play Reynolds (3-4) in the fourth-place contest at 1:45 p.m. Thursday at South Medford.

Anthony Swanson scored 26 points and Tucker Atteberry and Malik Pippa each added 17 points for Ashland (3-6), which trailed 42-41 at halftime. The Grizzlies were outscored, 33-15, in the third.

ASHLAND (87): Benson 0, Swanson 26, Atteberry 17, Hansen 4, Fuller 12, A. Jones 5, Ellis 6, Pippa 17, C. Jones 0. Totals: 29 24-46 87.

MCKAY (99): Joel 2, Daniels 18, Tavera 3, Castillo 18, Tovar 12, Beach 9, Sampson 6, Garza 14, Hull 8, Bangs 9. Totals: 33 23-36 99.



3-point goals — Ashland 5 (Fuller 2, Pippa 3), McKay 10 (Castillo 4, Tovar 3, Beach 1, Hull 2). Fouled out — Swanson, Hansen, Ellis. Technical fouls — Daniels, Ashland coach.

REYNOLDS 68, ROSEBURG 52: Jordan May scored 22 points and Sam Scarpelli added 16 points for Reynolds in the Abby's Holiday Classic consolation game at South Medford High.

The Raiders (3-4) will play McKay (5-2) in the fourth-place game at 1:45 p.m. Thursday at South Medford.

Collin Warmouth recorded 18 points for Roseburg (2-6), which faces Ashland (3-6) in a consolation contest at noon Thursday at South Medford.

ROSEBURG (52): Johnson 10, Crince 2, Lucido 2, Seely 2, Warmouth 18, M. Stone 12, J. Stone 4, Christner 2, Jacks 0. Totals: 21 5-10 52.

REYNOLDS (68): Christianson 11, Woods 9, Reiss 0, Scarpelli 16, May 22, Hewett 2, Finley 8, Joseph 0, Crawford 0. Totals: 29 5-8 68.



3-point goals — Roseburg 5 (Johnson 2, Warmouth 3), Reynolds 5 (Christianson 1, Scarpelli 2, May 2).

Reach reporter Dan Jones at 541-776-4499, or email djones@mailribune.com. Find him online at twitter.com/danjonesmt