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BOYS BASKETBALL: Quick-striking Panthers pummel Glencoe

The start couldn’t have been any better for the South Medford boys basketball team Saturday, and the rest of the game wasn’t too shabby either against visiting Glencoe.

South Medford was a perfect 9-for-9 from the field to blitz the Crimson Tide early and build an insurmountable lead en route to an 87-38 romp in the Panthers’ gymnasium.

Senior guard Junior Sleezer made his debut after missing Wednesday’s opener and scored seven of his 13 points in a first quarter that saw South Medford (2-0) break out to a 31-7 advantage.

Senior forward Devon Malcolm scored six of his 10 points in the opening frame, while freshman Boden Howell authored another fast start with 13 of his team-high 17 points in the first half.

Every Panther player recorded at least one field goal in a runaway win that was played with a running clock in the second half due to South’s 53-15 lead at intermission.

Senior Mike Adee also finished in double figures with 10 points for the Panthers, who shook off a 4-for-20 outing from 3-point range in their opening win over Ashland to knock down eight shots from beyond the arc Saturday.

Sleezer and sophomore Jackson Weiland each had four steals, with Weiland adding seven assists with zero turnovers. Senior Desmond Clayborne had eight rebounds.

Michael Vandomelen led Glencoe (1-2) with 12 points.

GLENCOE (38): Miller 6, Thornbrue 4, Vera 3, Abraham 0, Anthony 0, Winter 6, Landaker 7, Vandomelen 12. Totals: 13 9-11 38.

SOUTH MEDFORD (87): Weiland 9, Hall 8, Sleezer 13, Daniel 2, Howell 17, Adee 10, Bloodsaw 8, Clayborne 8, Espinosa 2, Malcolm 10. Totals: 37 5-6 87.

Glencoe781310— 38

South Medford31222311— 87

3-point goals — Glencoe 3 (Vera 1, Landaker 1, Vandomelen 1), South Medford 8 (Weiland 1, Sleezer 2, Howell 1, Adee 2, Clayborne 2).

JV score — South Medford 69, Ashland 46.

CRATER 51, HENLEY 33: At Yreka, Calif., Crater seniors Caden Lasater (13 points) and Colton Vranes (10) each scored in double digits to help guide the Comets to the championship in the Yreka Tournament.

Tate Broesder added nine points for Crater (3-0), which was able to get out in transition and shared the ball well to build a 19-9 lead through one quarter.

Henley (2-1) closed within seven points but the Comets did a good job of getting to the foul line and converting, knocking down 18 of 24 overall to fend off the Hornets.

HENLEY (33): Frank 2, Hayes 5, Boersma 5, Stork 0, Suty 0, Cheyne 11, Bennett 0, Schwenk 2, Fitts 8. Totals: 14 2-6 33.

CRATER (51): Acrey 4, Lasater 13, Vranes 10, Smith 5, L. Price 5, Idiart 0, Grant 0, L. Higginson 0, Dahlin 4, B. Higginson 0, Broesder 9, Whalen 0. Totals: 15 18-24 51.

Henley94108— 33

Crater1981013— 51

3-point goals — Henley 3 (Hayes 1, Boersma 1, Cheyne 1), Crater 2 (Lasater 1, Smith 1). Fouled out — Frank.

EAGLE POINT 69, MCKINLEYVILLE 32: At McKinleyville, Calif., Eagle Point senior Brennen Neyt went for 26 points to nearly outscore host McKinleyville on his own in the consolation championship of the Rotary Tip-Off Tournament.

Alex Smith finished with 10 points and Triston McGuire added eight points and some solid defense on McKinleyville’s leading scorer for the Eagles (3-1).

Eagle Point broke the game open with a 22-4 run in the second quarter.

EAGLE POINT (69): Quintero 2, Smith 10, Dutton 2, Pierce 6, Neyt 26, Carlton 6, Johnson 4, McGuire 8, Redondo 5, Morgan 0. Totals: 27 5-6 69.

MCKINLEYVILLE (32): Brown 3, Morais 2, Rheinschmidt 0, Sargent 0, Bates 0, Whitmer 7, Craven 2, Grojean 0, Hamm 9, Parker 2, Maher 0, Clancy 4, Campbell 3. Totals: 8 13-21 32.

Eagle Point14222211— 69

McKinleyville104135— 32

3-point goals — Eagle Point 8 (Smith 2, Pierce 1, Neyt 2, McGuire 2, Redondo 1), McKinleyville 3 (Brown 1, Whitmer 1, Hamm 1).

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