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North dials it in, advances to Abby's final

Putting up 3-point shots hasn’t been a big problem in the early season for North Medford’s boys basketball team.

Converting those shots, however, has been another issue entirely — until Thursday.

The Black Tornado entered the game shooting 26 percent from beyond the arc (47-for-178) but found the right touch from the opening possession to add yet another weapon to an already potent attack.

North point guard Oscar Banuelos netted a 3-pointer on the first play of the game and fellow senior Quinton Rumrey added another moments later to set the stage for a night when the Tornado cashed 10 3-pointers overall to crush Roseburg, 76-45, in the semifinals of the 28th annual Abby’s Holiday Classic.

“I think a lot of us had our confidence down so we started not shooting a lot,” said Rumrey. “But in our morning shootaround our main focus was 3-point shots and getting our confidence up. As you could see tonight, I’m guessing our confidence was up. We just kept shooting and they kept falling, which was good.”

The 5-foot-9 Rumrey drained three treys overall — all off kickouts from senior standout Kaison Faust — and paced four North Medford (10-1) players in double figures with 17 points.

Faust shook off a night when the rim was unkind on his slashing efforts to net 14 points with five rebounds and four assists, while junior transfer Darrius Wells added 14 points, four assists and two steals and Banuelos tallied 11 points in the balanced showing.

Junior guard Collin Warmouth scored 25 points to pace Roseburg (7-3).

“It was good to see that we do have other options and some other guys that can execute and run some stuff for us,” said Tornado head coach Scott Plankenhorn, who has seen Faust score 26 of his team’s 67.6 points per game.

With the runaway win, North Medford advanced to today’s championship game at North Medford High and will vie for its fourth straight title at 5:15 p.m. against McKay, a 91-77 winner over Red Bluff. The Black Tornado has claimed nine Abby’s crowns overall, while South Medford owns the event’s longest winning streak with five straight titles from 1999-2003.

Roseburg will face Red Bluff at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the third-place final, while South Medford plays Forest Grove at 1:45 p.m. for fourth place and Eagle Point meets La Salle at noon in consolation action.

North Medford opened a 14-3 lead just three minutes into Thursday’s semifinal but then went cold offensively as Roseburg trimmed its deficit to 14-11 by the end of the quarter.

In the second quarter, everything just came together for the Black Tornado and the Indians simply couldn’t keep up through a wave of forced turnovers and capitalizing baskets on the opposite end by North.

“They’re a good team and they came out and jumped on us in their gym,” said Roseburg head coach Mike Pardon. “They were ready to go and we weren’t. We didn’t react very well.”

Rumrey scored nine of his points in the second quarter and Wells knocked down three of his four 3-pointers. North Medford wound up outscoring Roseburg 21-2 in the final five minutes of the second quarter to take a 44-19 lead into halftime.

“They’re just so quick and athletic,” said Pardon. “We’ve got to be a little more patient running our offense and handling that pressure, but they’re just good defensively and they’re quicker than we are.”

Plankenhorn said the defense was the same in both quarters — North limited Roseburg to three field goals in each frame — but the offensive execution was far better in the second quarter.

“The second quarter we did a lot better job of moving the ball and, of course, making shots makes it look a lot better,” said the coach. “I told the kids at halftime the separation in score wasn’t our defensive stuff, because we were sound defensively for two quarters, it was just the offense that started running the way we were supposed to and executed.”

The execution wasn’t quite the same in the second half but the large lead made that a moot point as the Black Tornado maintained a 20-point cushion throughout the final 16 minutes.

The 6-2 Faust opened the fourth quarter with a steal and breakaway dunk, exiting moments later for good to patch up a finger sliced by the rim and give North’s reserve players more opportunities.

Given how dominant Faust has proven to be thus far after building on a stellar junior campaign, Plankenhorn said it was that much more exciting to be able to prove to those outside the program that his team is far from a one-man show.

“People are going to double him and that’s probably the smart move but you can pay a price because we’ve got guys that can shoot,” said Plankenhorn. “Tonight they finally locked in and made some shots. We hadn’t been shooting it very good but I know we can shoot it, and today we were shooting it.”

North Medford finished 10-for-22 from long range and 28-for-59 overall (47 percent), and limited Roseburg to 14 field goals overall.

Senior Jake O’Connor pulled in five rebounds and junior Eli Spence added six points, four rebounds and two assists and Garrett Parker came off the bench for seven points in the fourth quarter.

For Roseburg, Cody Johnson added seven points and seven rebounds while Warmouth, Kaden Seely and Jon Crince had five rebounds apiece.

ROSEBURG (45): Warmouth 25, Crince 2, Johnson 7, Brooksby 1, Seely 2, Lake 2, Medak 1, Pickle 1, Stone 4, Ellis 0, Black 0, Lookabaugh 0, Avilez 0. Totals: 14-33 16-23 45.

NORTH MEDFORD (76): Rumrey 17, Wells 14, Sandoval 0, Banuelos 11, Thomas 0, O’Connor 2, Carpenter 5, Angulo 0, Orozco-Bernal 0, Parker 7, Faust 14, Spence 6. Totals: 28-59 10-12 76.

Roseburg;11;8;14;12;—;45

North Medford;14;30;13;19;—;76

3-point goals — Roseburg 1-9 (Warmouth 1), North Medford 10-22 (Wells 4, Rumrey 3, Banuelos 1, Carpenter 1, Parker 1).

MCKAY 91, RED BLUFF 78: McKay senior Khyler Beach poured in a game-high 26 points behind five 3-pointers and the Scots used a 21-10 surge in the first quarter to put Red Bluff on its heels in the Abby’s semifinal at North Medford High.

Israel Garza and Drioji Joel each added 17 points for McKay (6-3), which will play North Medford in the championship final at 5:15 p.m. Friday.

Valentin Ramirez tallied 23 points, Derek Gorden had 20 and Brayden Hutchens added 18 for Red Bluff (7-7) in the wide-open affair.

MCKAY (91): Beach 26, Joel 17, Rios 6, Ceja 1, Trumbly 1, Tipkins 9, Tovar 8, Garza 17, Chokai 0, Bangs 4, Beaty 2. Totals: 27 28-35 91.

RED BLUFF (78): Ramirez 23, Hebert 8, Bey 0, Hutchens 18, Sarmanto 0, Harris 4, Barrow 4, Gorden 20, Woods 0, Robinson 0, Glebe 1. Totals: 28 17-26 78.

McKay;21;19;17;34;—;91

Red Bluff;10;17;15;36;—;78

3-point goals — McKay 9 (Beach 5, Joel 2, Tovar 1, Garza 1), Red Bluff 5 (Ramirez 3, Hutchens 1, Gorden 1). Fouled out — Tovar, Hebert, Hutchens, Ramirez, Harris. Technical foul — Ramirez.

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

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North Medford senior Quinton Rumrey shoots past Roseburg's Jon Crince during Abby's Holiday Classic action at North Medford High on Thursday. [LARRY STAUTH JR./FOR THE MAIL TRIBUNE]
North Medford senior Kaison Faust shoots between Roseburg defenders Jonathan Stone (left), Carson Ellis (center) and Collin Warmouth (right) during Abby's Holiday Classic action at North Medford High on Thursday. [LARRY STAUTH JR./FOR THE MAIL TRIBUNE]