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BOYS BASKETBALL: Losinski, Hunter lead South Medford

ASHLAND — Keegan Losinski scored 20 points and Sherman Hunter gave South Medford another shot in the arm in his second game back as the Panthers built a big lead and held off an Ashland rally for a 53-46 nonleague win Tuesday at Mountain Avenue Gym.

Four days after hitting eight 3-pointers in his season debut, Hunter, a senior guard, drained four more treys and scored 12 points to help South Medford earn its second straight win since starting the season with three straight losses.

“We’ve won the last two games with (Hunter) and he’s been a huge, huge part of that,” South Medford coach James Wightman said.

Junior Sleezer, Jude Pannell and Isaiah Dye added six points apiece for the Panthers, who built a 13-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Grizzlies (3-2), who saw their three-game winning streak snapped, cut the deficit to four points with about 40 seconds to go, but Sleezer hit both ends of a one-and-one to help South pull away.

Hawthorn Lapierre scored 18 points, Anthony Smith 11 and Nate Whitlock eight to pace Ashland.

SOUTH MEDFORD (53): Hunter 12, Shepard 0, Sleezer 6, Gaut 3, Harmon 0, Pannell 6, Losinski 20, Dye 6, Cota 0. Totals: 18 12-16 53.

ASHLAND (46): Whitlock 8, Smith 11, Hilden 2, Sanford 2, Lapierre 18, Williams 3, Carter 0, Barnes 2. Totals: 18 5-8 46.

South Medford1418138— 53

Ashland1014814— 46

3-point goals — South Medford 5 (Hunter 4, Gaut 1), Ashland 5 (Whitlock 2, Lapierre 2, Williams 1); Fouled out — Whitlock.

JV result — South Medford won.

KLAMATH UNION 50, EAGLE POINT 46: At Eagle Point, Klamath Union held off cold-shooting Eagle Point in the nonconference game.

The Eagles fell to 0-6, while Klamath Union improved to 5-1.

Eagle Point got 18 points from Logan Esquibel and 13 from Quinton Gelbrich.

Darius Holmes scored 20 for Klamath Union.

KLAMATH UNION (50): Cook 8, Wallace 8, Macias 2, Short 8, Taylor 4, Holmes 20, Arvizu 0, Bundng 0. Totals: 17 13-23 50.

EAGLE POINT (46): Smith 2, McHugh 4, Neyt 5, McGarrell 4, Gelbrich 13, Esquibel 18, Valdovinos 0, Uribe 0. Totals: 18 8-16 46.

Klamath Union8111714— 50

Eagle Point1010818— 46

3-point goals — Klamath Union 3 (Wallace 1, Holmes 2), Eagle Point 2 (McGarrell 1, Gelbrich 1). Fouled out — McHugh.

JV result — Klamath Union won.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 51, LOST RIVER 50: At Merrill, Donminic Lews made a deep 2-point shot, then a free throw with three seconds left as Cascade Christian rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit in the nonleague game.

Lewis, who scored 23 points as the Challengers improved to 5-0, made a long shot with his foot on the 3-point line with 20 seconds remaining, pulling Cascade Christian into a 50-50 tie.

Lost River worked for a shot with about six seconds left, missed it, and the Challengers’ Cody Reece — a 5-foot-7 point guard — rebounded in the key and immediately whipped a pass to the other end of the court for a streaking Lewis.

Lewis was fouled on a layup attempt and made the second of two free throws for the final margin.

Kiegan Schaan scored 14 points for the Challengers.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (51): Reece 4, Coster 4, Schaan 14, Miller 0, Coppedge 4, Lewis 23, Collom 0, Spurlock 2. Totals: 17 7-11 51.

LOST RIVER (50): Lyman 0, Ramos 2, McAuliffe 9, Pena 11, Salazar 0, Nicolet 5, Hartman 16, Murillo 7. Totals: 17 15-26 50.

Cascade Christian6171314— 51

Lost River1411196— 50

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 10 (Schaan 4, Coppedge 1, Lewis 5), Lost River 1 (Hartman 1).

JV result — Cascade Christian won.

ST. MARY’S 81, ETNA 58: At Etna, Calif., seven players scored in the first quarter and St. Mary’s carried the momentum from the quick start to the nonleague victory.

Josh Banton, on the way to a 15-point performance, got things started with two straight 3-pointer, and the Crusaders (2-4) rolled from there.

St. Mary’s applied a press that created turnovers that allowed Tre Foster (11 points), Aiiloa Kaeo-Wailehua (eight points) and James Forrester (seven points) to thrive. Will Kranenburg made his first start and scored nine points.

Defensively, Wailehua’s quick hands and the rebounding of Cobey Aldrich started the Crusader break.

ST. MARY’S (81): Banton 15, Kaeo-Wailehua 8, Forrester 7, Kranenburg 9, Sacks 7, Bennion 6, Hadley 3, Sternenberg 5, Snyder 4, Foster 11, Aldrich 6. Totals: 31 15-28 81.

ETNA (58): Williams 8, Miller 2, Duerr 2, Terramoga 3, Cruse 2, Walker 22, Mardin 6, Branson 7, Letsos 5, Carlo 1. Totals: 19 14-24 58.

St. Mary’s29191715— 81

Etna10152211— 58

3-point goals — St. Mary’s 4 (Banton 2, Forrester 1, Sacks 1), Etna 6 (Williams 1, Terramoga 1, Walker 4).

PROSPECT 43, GILCHRIST 41: At Gilchrist, Prospect post Theo James had a double-double, scoring 10 points and snagging 10 rebounds as the Cougars opened the Mountain Valley League season with a win.

As time expired in regulation, the Cougars (2-4) broke the Gilchrist press and guard Boden Perkins fired a perfect pass to a streaking James for a layup that sealed the game. Perkins scored nine points.

Kyle Ghirardo paced the Cougars on the defensive end, taking three key charges. He also scored eight points. Junior Jadon Taylor had eight points and five assists in the victory.