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Second-half lull hampers South in tourney

It was a tale of two halves for South Medford’s boys basketball team in the third-place final of the 27th annual Abby’s Holiday Classic, and not necessarily a pretty one for the host Panthers on Thursday.

After taking a lead in the first quarter, South Medford saw Oregon City use a buzzer-beating putback to take a 35-32 lead into halftime and then the Panthers never really returned. The Pioneers outscored South Medford 26-11 in the second half to win going away, 61-43, at South Medford High.

“We’re still OK at halftime and then we come out and I can’t explain what happened,” said South Medford head coach James Wightman. “It was the same team we faced in the first half, they ran the same matchup zone and all of a sudden we can’t score.”

South Medford (5-6) was a lackluster 5-for-22 from the field in the second half and Oregon City (4-4) converted half its shots to pull away for the decisive victory. Overall, the Pioneers shot 52 percent from the field (25-for-48) and limited the Panthers to 35 percent shooting (17-for-49).

Those numbers were a far cry from South Medford’s success rate in the first half, when the Panthers led 18-14 after one quarter and were up 28-23 with 3:42 to go in the second quarter after six straight points by senior reserve guard Steven Phillips.

“I like the team that played in the first half, we were just fine,” said Wightman, “but I don’t understand what happened in the second half. We came out with a little energy today but then it just went away.”

Senior point guard Chris Figert led Oregon City with 23 points, while junior guard Teron Bradford added 19 points and four rebounds and was named to the all-tournament team.

South Medford senior Riley Martin was also named to the all-tournament team and finished with eight points, five rebounds and three assists, while junior Chase Cota managed nine points and six rebounds and junior Jaalen Owens scored eight points.

The Panthers open Southwest Conference play next Friday at South Eugene.

“We’re going to practice for five days and we’re going to have to practice our butts off to get this right, but this has got to change,” said Wightman. “We’ve got to be better and treat it like it matters.”

Also making the all-tournament team were North Medford’s Brad Allen and Kaison Faust and Forest Grove’s Bailey Evers and Kyle Thompson.

OREGON CITY (61): Figert 23, Bradford 19, Fowler 11, Smith 8, Vetter 0, Sim 0, Dennis-Lee 0. Totals: 25-48 6-8 61.

SOUTH MEDFORD (43): Cota 9, Martin 8, Owens 8, Franklin 6, Phillips 6, Parnell 4, Winans 2, Cunningham 0, Mitchell 0, Higgins 0. Totals: 17-49 8-10 43.

Oregon City;14;21;12;14;—;61

South Medford;18;14;4;7;—;43

3-point goals — Oregon City 5-14 (Fowler 3, Bradford 1, Figert 1), South Medford 1-8 (Owens 1).

ROSEBURG 47, ASHLAND 44: Ashland’s Malik Pippa drained six 3-pointers and fellow senior Peyton Fuller knocked down four from beyond the arc but the Grizzlies were done in by a 15-8 surge by Roseburg in the third quarter of the seventh-place game at South Medford High.

Pippa finished with 22 points and Fuller had 14 for Ashland (3-7), which did not attempt a free throw and had more 3-pointers than regular field goals made.

Roseburg sophomore Collin Warmouth had 19 points, while junior John Crince was 8-for-10 from the foul line to help him total 15 points for the Indians (3-6).

ASHLAND (44): Pippa 22, Fuller 14, Hansen 4, Swanson 2, Ellis 2, Atteberry 0, A. Jones 0. Totals: 17 0-0 44.

ROSEBURG (47): Warmouth 19, Crince 15, M. Stone 6, Lucido 5, Christner 2, Seely 0, Lookabaugh 0, Lake 0, J. Stone 0, Jacks 0. Totals: 15 13-17 47.

Ashland;17;10;8;9;—;44

Roseburg;10;15;15;7;—;47

3-point goals — Ashland 10 (Pippa 6, Fuller 4), Roseburg 4 (Warmouth 3, Crince 1). Fouled out — Pippa.

MCKAY 115, REYNOLDS 102, OT: Reynolds had a chance to win in regulation with three-tenths of a second remaining in the fourth-place game, but senior Jorge Crawford couldn’t convert on either of his foul shots and McKay used the momentum to pull away with a 23-10 advantage in the four-minute overtime period.

Jordan Castillo scored nine of his 23 points in overtime to pace McKay (6-2), which also got 19 points from Khyler Beach, 15 from Andre Tovar and 14 from Shaton Daniels. The Royal Scots had led 74-68 entering the fourth quarter before Reynolds rallied to tie at 92-all.

Jordan May scored 26 points for the Raiders, including 15 in the fourth and overtime periods, and Paris Finley added 20 points. Crawford finished with 16 points for Reynolds (3-5).

MCKAY (115): Castillo 23, Beach 19, Tovar 15, Daniels 14, Garza 12, Hull 12, Bangs 8, Sampson 6, Joel 3, Beaty 3, Tavera 0. Totals: 40 24-33 115.

REYNOLDS (102): May 26, Finley 20, Crawford 16, Christianson 14, Scarpelli 11, Woods 6, Reiss 4, Hewett 3, Joseph 2, Verdick 0. Totals: 37 24-33 102.

McKay;22;19;33;18;23;—;115

Reynolds;27;20;21;24;10;—;102

3-point goals — McKay 13 (Castillo 3, Tovar 3, Beach 2, Hull 2, Daniels 1, Garza 1, Joel 1), Reynolds 4 (Scarpelli 2, Christianson 1, May 1). Fouled out — Bangs, May. Technical foul — May.

Reach reporter Kris Henry at 541-776-4488, khenry@mailtribune.com, www.facebook.com/krishenryMT or www.twitter.com/Kris_Henry