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Black Tornado shrugs off sluggish start to pull away for third win in four days

A lack of energy to start on either end and the presence of 6-foot-11 center Tane Prictor made things difficult for North Medford’s boys basketball early on in a Saturday afternoon matchup with Mountain View.

But midway through the first quarter, Prictor picked up his second foul, the Black Tornado found a second wind and everything changed in the North Medford gym.

North Medford erased a 10-point deficit with a 14-2 run to end the first quarter and kept the pressure on to secure a 60-46 victory.

Trey Neff scored 19 points, Bryce Dyer contributed 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists and Ty Neff added eight points and six assists to carry the Black Tornado (4-1) to its third win in four days.

“We looked a little sluggish and you could see it,” said North Medford head coach Scott Plankenhorn. “It’s been a long week and a tough week going up to Lake Oswego on Wednesday after being in Beaverton the Friday night before. It was definitely a chore on our bodies, but no excuses, they were doing the same thing we were on a back-to-back schedule.”

Coming off a 56-51 win at Roseburg on Friday, Mountain View (3-1) suffered its first loss despite 12 points from Quincy Townsend and 11 by Prictor, who saw foul troubles limit his time on the court.

Prictor scored eight of his team’s points to help the Cougars build a 12-2 advantage. It was 12-4 when Ty Neff drew Prictor’s second foul that sent him to the bench, and that coincided with North being able to speed up the tempo and gain control.

A 3-pointer by Ty Neff followed by a driving basket from reserve senior Connor Goodrich built more energy in the North gym, and Dyer’s driving basket gave the Tornado its first lead at 13-12.

“It’s just natural that when one guy sees it go in, everybody else feels better,” said Plankenhorn. “All of a sudden there’s a hoop up there that lets the ball go in.”

Aaron Platner helped Mountain View regain the lead momentarily, but a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Goodrich that was set up by Trey Neff allowed North to escape the quarter with a 16-14 advantage. Goodrich finished with nine points.

“We found some energy and just started playing better,” Plankenhorn said of the first-quarter turnaround. “We got a couple shots and got the defensive pressure going and the game started going a little faster and with more energy.”

In the second quarter, North was able to limit the Cougars to only five points and a third foul on Prictor allowed for the paint to open up for Dyer and Trey Neff to capitalize on. Trey Neff had nine of his points in the second quarter to send the Tornado into halftime up 29-19.

“I thought we played really good defense in that second quarter only allowing five points,” said Plankenhorn, who credited junior Antonio Orozco for helping set the defensive tone in the first half.

Mountain View scored the first four points out of intermission but it was all North Medford in the ensuing two minutes as O’Shea Miller scored inside, Ty Neff hit a 3-pointer, Trey Neff scored in transition and Orozco capped the 10-point surge with his own 3-pointer off an assist by Dyer.

“They came out and kind of punched us a little bit with a couple quick ones,” said Plankenhorn, but we refocused and finished on a nice run.”

The Black Tornado led by as many as 23 points with 4:15 to play in the fourth quarter before the Cougars mounted a late surge against the reserve group.

MOUNTAIN VIEW (46): Crowson 0, Townsend 12, J. Johnson 0, Platner 2, Hoisington 6, Rodriguez 8, Davis 1, Meier 6, Prictor 11, E. Johnson 0. Totals: 18 9-16 46.

NORTH MEDFORD (60): McLean 1, Klug 0, Ty. Neff 8, Tr. Neff 19, Plankenhorn 2, O’Neill 0, Carr 0, Young 0, Miller 4, Orozco 3, Dyer 14, Goodrich 9. Totals: 22-51 9-13 60.

Mountain View145819— 46

North Medford16131120— 60

3-point goals — Mountain View 1 (Townsend 1), North Medford 7-20 (Ty. Neff 2, Tr. Neff 3, Orozco 1, Goodrich 1).

JV result — North Medford 64, Mountain View 44.

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Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune - North Medford's Connor Goodrich fights for a rebound against Mountain View's Quincy Townsend during the second quarter.
Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune - North Medford's Bryce Dyer drives to the hoop during the third quarter.
Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune - North Medford's Trey Neff shoots a 3-pointers during the third quarter.
Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune - North Medford's Antonio Orozco dives for the ball against Mountain View's Quincy Townsend during the second quarter.
Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune - North Medford's Treyson Neff drives to the hoop during the 2nd quarter.
Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune - North Medford's Tyson Neff shoots for 3-points during the 3rd quarter.
Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune - North Medford's Bryce Dyer goes up to block the shot of Mountain View's Tane Prictor during the 3rd quarter.
Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune - North Medford's Antonio Orozco shoots for 3-points during the 3rd quarter.
Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune - North Medford's Bryce Dyer drives to the hoop during the 3rd quarter.
Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune - North Medford's Bryce Dyer drives to the hoop during the 4th quarter.
Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune - North Medford's Treyson Neff shoots for 3-points during the 3rd quarter.
Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune - North Medford's Connor Goodrich gets fouled scoring 2-points during the 3rd quarter.