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BOYS BASKETBALL: North caps off sweep of rival South

North Medford broke the game open with a dominant second quarter and cruised to its third win over South Medford this season, 68-57, in Southwest Conference boys basketball Tuesday night.

Black Tornado junior Landon Ellis scored nine of his 16 points in a second quarter that saw the host team outscore the visiting Panthers 21-9 overall for a 39-25 lead at halftime.

“We were up 19-18 in the second quarter and then the next thing you know it was 32-19 them,” said South Medford coach James Wightman. “You have to give it to North, they’re pretty good.”

Senior Jett Carpenter added 15 points, five rebounds and three steals for North Medford (14-9, 7-2 SWC), which remained one game back of South Eugene in second place in the SWC standings.

Senior Sherman Hunter had 18 points to lead South Medford (10-14, 2-7).

“It’s just another good win for us,” said North Medford coach Scott Plankenhorn. “It’s always tough to play senior night against rivals so I thought it was a good job by the kids to come out and stay solid and then go on that run there early in the second and third quarters.”

The Black Tornado led by as many as 25 points in the third quarter before the Panthers closed the gap in the fourth.

Senior Victor Orozco-Bernal added 12 points and three assists, junior Nick Karrick had eight points and five assists, sophomore Bryce Dyer chipped in with six rebounds and three assists and sophomore Trey Neff added seven points for North.

“We have mutliple guys that can score,” said Plankenhorn. “The thing we keep talking about is our defensive end. If we can get that where we’re playing good and tough, we’re a good team.”

For the Panthers, junior Jeremy Gaut added nine points and senior Peyton Shepard had seven points and three steals. Senior Ben Harmon contributed six points and five rebounds, and sophomore Junior Sleezer tallied six points and five assists.

SOUTH MEDFORD (57): Hunter 18, Shepard 7, Sleezer 6, Gaut 9, Harmon 6, Pannell 0, Losinski 4, Dye 4, Booth 0, Cota 3. Totals: 13 27-33 57.

NORTH MEDFORD (68): Neff 7, Sherbourne 0, Robustelli 0, Ellis 16, Stults 6, Carpenter 15, Karrick 8, Orozco-Bernal 12, Goodrich 0, Dyer 4. Totals: 25-57 9-15 68.

South Medford1691517— 57

North Medford18211910— 68

3-point goals — South Medford 4 (Hunter 2, Shepard 1, Gaut 1), North Medford 9-21 (Neff 1, Ellis 1, Stults 2, Carpenter 2, Karrick 2, Orozco-Bernal 1). Technical foul — Karrick.

JV result — North Medford 55, South Medford 40

GRANTS PASS 60, ROSEBURG 57, OT: At Grants Pass, Morgan Law scored four of Grants Pass’ six overtime points in the Southwest Conference victory.

Law scored 13 points for the Cavemen (12-9, 5-4 SWC). He shared team scoring honors with Cade Ealy.

Trent Anderson added 12 and Cade Anderson 10.

Roseburg is 3-19 and 0-9.

ROSEBURG (57): Pinard 7, J. Parker 11, Six 2, Kaul 0, Fay 7, Klopfenstein 0, Olson ,1 M. Parker 15, Martin 14. Totals: 18 11-14 57.

GRANTS PASS (60): Alderson 3, Maravilla 1, Dixon 2, Farris 2, Coyle 2, C. Anderson 10, Ealy 13, T. Anderson 12, Amaral 2, Law 13. Totals: 18 14-27 60.

Roseburg161016123— 57

Grants Pass131514126— 60

3-point goals — Roseburg 10 (Pinard 1, J. Parker 1, Fay 1, M. Parker 5, Martin 2), Grants Pass 10 (C. Anderson 2, Ealy 1, T. Anderson 4, Law 3). Fouled out — Kaul.

ASHLAND 62, SPRINGFIELD 55: At Springfield, Gabe Ekwall hit two free throws to ice a nail-biter for Ashland in Midwestern League play.

Ashland (10-13, 5-9 MWL) took the lead in the first quarter and never gave it up. The Grizzlies had a 15-point lead with 21/2 minutes to go but Springfield capitalized on four turnovers to score a quick 12 points to narrow the gap.

Springfield was forced to foul down the stretch and Ekwall, who has not played for an extended time battling pnuemonia, hit the two pressure free throws to secure the win. Anthony Smith also hit four clutch free throws in the fourth on the way to eight points.

Nate Whitlock scored 19 points, Logan Sanford added 11 and Finn Hilden had nine for Ashland.

Springfield (12-10, 8-6 MWL) got 18 points from Trey Bryant.

ASHLAND (62): Whitlock 19, Smith 8, Ekwall 4, Hilden 9, Sanford 11 Lapierre 5, Barnes 6. Totals: 23 12-15 62.

SPRINGFIELD (55): Reininger 7, Becerra 0, M. Hill 8, Sorber 4, A. Hill 6, Beck 0, Lowe 4, Diaz 0, Bryant 18, Vega 4, Carlos 2. Totals: 16 17-25 55.

Ashland13191416— 62

Springfield11141416— 55

3-point goals — Ashland 4 (Hilden 1, Lapierre 1, Barnes 2), Springfield 4 (Reininger 1, A. Hill 1, Bryant 1, Vega 1). Fouled out — A. Hill, Sanford, Whitlock.

NORTH EUGENE 84, EAGLE POINT 37: At Eugene, Logan Esquibel tallied 11 points and Brennen Neyt scored six to lead Eagle Point in the Midwestern League clash.

The Eagles (1-22, 1-13 MWL) fell behind 21-8 after one quarter, with North Eugene 6-foot-4 senior Cameron Parks setting the tone by scoring 15 of his game-high 42 points in the opening frame.

The Highlanders improved to 12-12 and 7-8 in league.

EAGLE POINT (37): Smith 5, McHugh 3, Neyt 6, McGarrell 3, Gelbrich 6, L. Esquibel 11, G. Esquibel 3, Uribe 0. Totals: 13 7-10 37.

NORTH EUGENE (84): Pratt 2, DeGarmo 8, Wallace 4, Duke 11, Cross 11, Wyers 3, Vaughn 2, Kitzhaber 1, Parks 42. Totals: 31 16-22 84.

Eagle Point81487— 37

North Eugene21163215— 84

3-point goals — Eagle Point 4 (Smith 1, McHugh 1, McGarrell 1, L. Esquibel 1), North Eugene (Duke 1, Cross 3, Wyers 1, Parks 1).

HIDDEN VALLEY 74, PHOENIX 64: At Phoenix, despite 19 points from senior forward Ethan Hutsell, Phoenix dropped the Skyline Conference battle.

Hidden Valley (13-10, 5-5 Sky) did most of the damage in the first half, outscoring Phoenix 37-16.

Lawrence Matusik scored 26 points for the Mustangs.

Phoenix (13-10, 6-4) was led by Braeden Watts and Nico Ortega, each scoring 12 points.

HIDDEN VALLEY (74): Tanner 6, M. Iwamizu 10, Burchfield 6, Aguilar 7, Matusik 26, Noga 14, Byrd 4, Tackett 0, Decker 0, Stever 0. Totals: 27 12-19 74.

PHOENIX (64): Watts 12, Clayton 3, Goff 1, E. Hutsell 19, Stanfield 4, Zanni 0, Jenkins 4, D. Hutsell 1, Ortega 12, Osorio 4, Olsiewski 4. Totals: 21 15-26 64.

Hidden Valley13241027— 74

Phoenix791830— 64

3-point goals — Phoenix 7 (Watts 2, Clayton 1, Ortega 3, Osario 1), Hidden Valley 7 (Aguilar 1, Matusik 4, M. Iwamizu 2). Fouled out — Matusik. Technical foul — Goff.