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BOYS BASKETBALL: South fends off Crater comeback

South Medford led from start to finish but visiting Crater didn’t make it easy in a 71-66 boys basketball victory Tuesday night.

The Panthers (3-0) opened a 9-0 lead to start the game but saw the Comets tough to shake thanks to a barrage of 3-pointers in the nonconference clash.

South Medford’s Junior Sleezer led all scorers with 23 points and added six rebounds, while freshman Boden Howell came up big with 17 points and Devon Malcolm added 14 points and nine rebounds despite battling first-half foul troubles.

Crater (3-1) finished with eight 3-pointers, seven of which came in the second half as the Comets fought to battle back before South did just enough by going 11-for-17 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to preserve the win.

Colton Vranes scored 19 points, Tate Broesder had 13 and Ty Dahlin chipped in all 10 of his points in the second half.

Broesder scored to trim Crater’s deficit to 57-52 with 2 1/2 minutes to play but Sleezer immediately answered with a drive of his own. It was 68-63 inside the final 25 seconds when Malcolm came up with a block that all but sealed South’s victory.

CRATER (66): Acrey 4, Lasater 4, Vranes 19, Smith 9, L. Price 7, Idiart 0, Dahlin 10, Broesder 13. Totals: 27 4-8 66.

SOUTH MEDFORD (71): Weiland 8, Hall 0, Sleezer 23, Howell 17, Adee 0, Bloodsaw 5, Clayborne 4, Malcolm 14. Totals: 23 19-27 71.

Crater8131926— 66

South Medford15131924— 71

3-point goals — Crater 8 (Vranes 2, Smith 1, L. Price 1, Dahlin 3, Broesder 1), South Medford 6 (Sleezer 4, Howell 1, Weiland 1). Fouled out — Lasater.

JV score — South Medford 42, Crater 41

ASHLAND 59, NORTH VALLEY 25: At Ashland, Egan Shields led three Ashland players in double figures with 16 points as the host Grizzlies ramped up their defensive intensity and saw it pay off in a big way, holding North Valley to single-digit scoring in each of the first three quarters.

Izzy Golden added 13 points and Hawthorn Lapierre scored 12 for Ashland (1-2), which led 47-7 at halftime.

Temio Jones scored eight points to lead North Valley (0-3).

NORTH VALLEY (25): Lauby 4, Champion 3, Kilborn 3, Pezqueda 3, Hawkins 4, Jones 8, Robinson 0, Cartwright 0, Zoufal 0, C. Cartwright 0. Totals: 9 3-6 25.

ASHLAND (59): Stowasser 3, Lapierre 12, Golden 13, Wright 2, Thompson 6, McNamara 5, Barnes 2, Shields 16. Totals: 22 10-15 59.

North Valley25513— 25

Ashland222575— 59

3-point goals — North Valley 4 (Kilborn 1, Pezqueda 1, Jones 2), Ashland 5 (Stowasser 1, Golden 3, McNamara 1).

JV result — Ashland 70, North Valley 38

PHOENIX 59, YREKA 47: At Yreka, Calif., Phoenix senior Miguel Valadez scored a game-high 20 points and the Pirates connected on 12 3-pointers in a nonconference win on the road against Yreka.

Valadez and fellow senior Manny Crump Jr. both hit a trio of 3-pointers. Sophomore Dylan Harper and junior Julius Bolstad had 10 points, while Crump Jr. had nine.

Phoenix improved to 2-1 with the win.

Yreka’s Matthew McEwen also scored a game-high 20 points.

PHOENIX (59): White 0, Brown 0, Monroe 0, Stubbs 0, Je. Selden 2, Ja. Selden 0, Valadez 20, Trenbeath 3, Crump 9, Harper 10, Talbott 5, Bolstad 10. Totals: 21 7-16 59.

YREKA (47): McEwen 20, Stensether 4, Crawford 5, T. Zediker 2, Hosler 2, Dunbar 4, Faultner 2m Roads 0, R. Zediker 8. Totals: 20 7-12 47.

Phoenix9171617— 59

Yreka1210169— 47

3-point goals — Phoenix 12 (Valadez 3, Trenbeath 1, Crump 3, Harper 2, Talbott 1, Bolstad 2).

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 61, LOST RIVER 28: Cascade Christian sophomore Austin Maurer scored 22 of his 29 points in the first half and outscored Lost River on his own as the Challengers cruised to victory in their season opener.

The 6-foot-11 Maurer knocked down five 3-pointers to pace host Cascade Christian, which led 20-6 after one quarter.

Senior guard Cody Reece added 18 points.

LOST RIVER (28): O’Brien 0, Lyman 0, C. Dunlea 0, Hernandez 0, Derry 2, Dalton 4, G. Dunlea 7, McAuliffe 11, Halousek 4. Totals: 13 2-3 28.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (61): Reece 18, Anderson 4, Wallace 0, P. Maurer 2, Hess 4, Sample 2, Hoffman 0, A. Maurer 29, Nering 2, White 0, Westlake 0. Totals: 25 6-10 61.

Lost River6967— 28

Cascade Christian2021911— 61

3-point goals — Lost River 0, Cascade Christian 5 (A. Maurer 5).

MAZAMA 49, ST. MARY’S 38: St. Mary’s changed its offensive approach Monday night and found good execution as it spread the floor against Mazama but just didn’t make enough shots in the nonleague home loss.

Kayden Walker scored 16 points and Eli Haynes added 11 for the Crusaders (1-3), who trailed 26-19 at the break but saw Mazama break the game open with a 17-8 surge in the third quarter.

Aidan Kindt and Daniel Yancey each scored 11 points to lead Mazama (2-2).

MAZAMA (49): Hubble 7, Kindt 11, Anderson 2, Ulloa-Ford 1, Jeffery 7, Hargrave 0, Yancey 11, McDonald 5, Worrell 0, Raebel 5. Totals: 18 9-17 49.

ST. MARY’S (38): Friesen 4, Flowers 0, Krandenburg 0, Walker 16, Haynes 11, Delplanche 1, Patel 6, Johnson 0. Totals: 14 9-16 38.

Mazama1511176— 49

St. Mary’s811810— 38

3-point goals — Mazama 4 (Hubble 2, Yancey 2), St. Mary’s 4 (Walker 2, Haynes 2). Technical foul — Haynes, Delplanche.

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