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Higgins powers South to tourney victory

RED BLUFF, Calif. — South Medford’s boys basketball team has big guys up front, so it seemed prudent to lean on them in the Panthers’ second game of the Red Bluff Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament Friday.

Jesse Higgins, a 6-foot-9 senior post, had 15 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocked shots as South Medford defeated Orestimba, of Newman, California, 64-51.

The Panthers (2-3), face Golden Valley, of Santa Clarita, California, at noon today for fourth place.

Nick Randleman, 6-4, contributed eight points and seven rebounds, and 6-9 Caleb English had six rebounds for South Medford.

The Panthers’ defense had allowed opponents to score too much and shoot too well, said coach James Wightman.

“We knew they like to shoot a lot of 3s,” he said. “We needed to get them off the line and into the paint, where our 6-9 guys could block it off.”

“Higgins had a really good game,” Wightman added. “He was big.”

Orestimba was 7 of 21 on 3 pointers and encountered problems closer the basket. It shot 29 percent for the game.

“They disrupted things,” Wightman said of his posts, “and we were able to get out and get some easy buckets.”

Sherman Hunter added 11 points in the win, and Payton Owens three assists and three steals.

ORESTIMBA (51): Contreras 3, Pruett 12, Solano 0, Cardenas 6, Bell 3, Dominguez 9, Marin 9, Lilly 0, Soriano 3, Granados 1, Perez 5. Totals: 14 16-26 51.

SOUTH MEDFORD (64): Hunter 11, DeBoer 6, Patterson 6, P. Owens 9, T. Boster 0, Losinski 5, Fealey 4, English 0, Randleman 8, Higgins 15. Totals: 28 5-12 64.

Orestimba;10;17;13;11;—;51

South Medford;11;22;20;11;—;64

3-point goals — Orestimba 7 (Pruett 1, Cardenas 1, Dominguez 3, Marin 1, Perez 1), South Medford 3 (Hunter 1, Patterson 1, P. Owens 1).

NORTH MEDFORD 76, DAVID DOUGLAS 58: At Eugene, Kaison Faust’s big first half put North Medford in control early en route to a victory on first day of the Shamrock Slam at Sheldon High School.

Faust had 21 points and seven rebounds at halftime before finishing with 29 points and nine boards for the Black Tornado (4-1), who wrap up the two-day tournament against West Albany.

North Medford’s Oscar Banuelos supplied 17 points and six assists while Eli Spence chipped in eight points and eight rebounds.

DAVID DOUGLAS (58): Presley 0, Baxter 2, Dahir 15, Muhammad 0, Le 3, Talybov 6, Saschenko 12, Tran 0, Proctor 3, Sheikh 0, Sado 4, Robinson 13. Totals: 22-46 8-13 58.

NORTH MEDFORD (76): Wells 0, Sandoval 0, Banuelos 17, Rumrey 9, Thomas 6, O’Connor 0, Carpenter 2, Angulo 0, Orozco-Bernal 0, Parker 5, Faust 29, Spence 8. Totals: 25-51 20-32 76.

David Douglas;7;19;21;11;—;58

North Medford;20;15;26;15;—;76

3-point goals — David Douglas 6-11 (Dahir 2, Saschenko 3, Robinson 1), North Medford 6-19 (Banuelos 2, Rumrey 2, Parker 1, Faust 1).

JV result — North Medford won.

CORVALLIS 78, EAGLE POINT 50: At Corvallis, Eagle Point led 43-42 entering the fourth quarter before Corvallis went on a 36-7 run in the nonconference game.

The Spartans made (2-2) 16 of 17 free throws in the final period and outscored the Eagles (1-5) 26-8 at the line for the game.

Eagle Point’s Zakk Scott scored 19 points, grabbed five rebounds and made four steals. Dennen Adams scored 11, and Levi Scott had four assists.

EAGLE POINT (50): Adams 11, Z. Scott 19, Judd 4, L. Scott 7, Neyt 0, Shaffer 2, Hoppes 0, Chaparro 0, Masloski 2, Vance 0, Gelbrich 5, Gorman 0. Totals: 19 8-10 50.

CORVALLIS (78): Johnson 7, Lebar 6, Hobson 17, Cahill 0, Hennessy 0, R. Gabriel 5, Bumpus 0, Law 5, Wright 3, Ely 1, Pinion 13, Davis 6, Greenblatt 4, I. Gabriel 9, Reinalda 2. Totals: 22 26-34 78.

Eagle Point;11;21;11;7;—;50

Corvallis;17;10;15;36;—;78

3-point goals — Eagle Point 4 (Z. Scott 3, Gelbrich 1), Corvallis 8 (Johnson 1, Hobson 2, R. Gabriel 1, Pinion 2, Davis 2). Fouled out — Chaparro. Technical foul — Z. Scott.

JV score — Corvallis 59, Eagle Point 51.

SOUTH UMPQUA 50, PHOENIX 34: At Myrtle Creek, Phoenix rallied to cut the lead to three points in the third quarter, but South Umpqua pulled away for the nonconference victory.

Senior guard Brennan Watts had 10 points for the Pirates (1-4), who struggled shooting throughout the contest.

PHOENIX (34): Martinez 2, Bre. Watts 10, Hutsell 2, Lozano-Reyes 5, Bra. Watts 5, Gail 4, Botermans 8, Goff 0, Mendez 0, Peterson 0. Totals 15 3-6 34.

SOUTH UMPQUA (50): Martinez 9, Gross 11, Lee 2, McFadden 14, Thompson 8, Wiley 4, Roberts 2. Totals 21 6-7 50.

Phoenix;7;9;6;14;—;34

South Umpqua;13;8;13;16;—;50

3-point goals — Phoenix 3 (Bre. Watts 1, Lozano-Reyes 1, Bra. Watts 1), South Umpqua 2 (Martinez 1, Gross 1).

JV result — Phoenix won.

ST. MARY’S 46, HIDDEN VALLEY 41: At Murphy, clutch free throw shooting, including a pair of makes with less than a minute to play by senior forward Mike Miles — his first two foul shots of the season — helped St. Mary’s finish off host Hidden Valley and pick up a nonconference victory.

Gabe Mayer, a senior guard, scored all 14 of St. Mary’s points in the second quarter en route to a game-high 19, including four triples, to go along with six rebounds.

Also for the Crusaders (4-5), senior guard Jakab Bowling added 15 points and sophomore forward Tre Foster contributed a solid defensive performance with 10 rebounds and three blocked shots while adding six points.

ST. MARY’S (46): Miles 4, Mayer 19, Sternenberg 2, Rajagopal 0, Silsbee 0, Bowling 15, Reynolds 0, Foster 6. Totals 13 11-15 46.

HIDDEN VALLEY (41): Milburn 6, Lawson 3, Wright 4, Copeland 5, Blanton 8, McNair 9, McGinnis 0, Fisher 6. Totals 15 8-12 41.

St. Mary’s;9;14;11;12;—;46

Hidden Valley;4;17;5;15;—;41

3-point goals — St. Mary’s 7 (Mayer 4, Bowling 3), Hidden Valley 3 (McNair 3).

JV result — Hidden Valley won.

PROSPECT 38, NORTH VALLEY JV 36: At Prospect, Brendan Raines recorded 12 points, seven steals and four rebounds in the nonleague game for Prospect.

It was the Cougars’ first win after opening with four losses.

Jadon Taylor had six points, three rebounds and a steal, and Jordan Royce added five points, two rebounds and a steal.