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BOYS BASKETBALL: North rides big quarter to tourney win

LAKE OSWEGO — It took a little tinkering for North Medford to decide exactly how it wanted to attack Clackamas in Friday’s opening game at the Lakeridge Invitational.

Once the Black Tornado got settled in, the boys basketball team was off and running toward an eventual 66-53 victory.

“That’s why I tell the kids we work on having multiple offensive sets,” said North Medford head coach Scott Plankenhorn. “They were playing a zone and we just kind of went through a few things offensively before we found what worked against that zone and that was the separator. We couldn’t find anything early that we thought worked but we finally did in the second quarter.”

North Medford (5-1) took a 15-14 advantage through one quarter and made that balloon to 35-23 at the break behind a handful of corner 3-pointers and some extra passing.

Senior Trey Neff knocked down five 3-pointers to finish with 17 points and also had seven rebounds and two assists, while Ty Neff made three from beyond the arc to net 16 points and added five assists for the Tornado.

Bryce Dyer added 11 points, six assists and four rebounds, O’Shea Miller had 10 points and Antonio Orozco chipped in with six points, four steals and four rebounds.

Clackamas was able to trim a deficit that at one time reached 18 points to 48-40 entering the fourth quarter but North was able to regroup in the fourth to seal the outcome.

The Black Tornado, which earned five Lakeridge Invitational titles in a row at one point, next plays at 4 p.m. Saturday against Canby (5-0).

Clackamas (0-4) was led by Jackson Jaha’s 16 points.

NORTH MEDFORD (66): McLean 1, Klug 0, Ty. Neff 16, Tr. Neff 17, Plankenhorn 0, O’Neill 2, Carr 0, Young 0, Miller 10, Orozco 6, Dyer 11, Goodrich 3, Dominguez 0. Totals: 25-52 7-14 66.

CLACKAMAS (53): Beltz 5, Bresler 0, Strube 12, Jaha 16, Wong 1, King 0, Andrews 2, Simmonds 2, Baker 2, Newton 2, Peterson 5, Senatra 6. Totals: 19 10-17 53.

North Medford15201318— 66

Clackamas1491713— 53

3-point goals — North Medford 9-25 (Ty. Neff 3, Tr. Neff 5, Dyer 1), Clackamas 5 (Beltz 1, Jaha 3, Peterson 1). Technical foul — Miller.

PLEASANT HILL 64, PHOENIX 56: At Winston, Phoenix was limited to just two fourth-quarter field goals as the Pirates’ comeback bid fell short at the Douglas Holiday Crossover Tournament.

Phoenix (3-2) was led by senior Miguel Valadez’s 15 points. Senior Roman Stubbs and sophomore Dylan Harper both added nine points.

Senior Braedyn Cantrell scored 23 points for Pleasant Hill (6-1), which led 38-32 at halftime and held Phoenix to just seven points in the fourth quarter.

Phoenix will face St. Mary’s in the consolation bracket at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

PHOENIX (56): White 6, Monroe 4, Stubbs 9, Je. Selden 0, Valadez 15, Trenbeath 0, Crump 6, Harper 9, Talbott 4, Bolstad 3. Totals: 19 8-13 56.

PLEASANT HILL (64): Stowell 14, Stamm 0, Inglish 7, Cantrell 23, Allen 0, Huff 6, Trafton 4, Luiz 5, Dutton 6. Totals: 23 12-19 64.

Phoenix1319177— 56

Pleasant Hill19191512— 64

3-point goals — Phoenix 9 (White 2, Stubbs 1, Valadez 1, Crump 2, Harper 3), Pleasant Hill 6 (Stowell 2, Inglish 1, Cantrell 2, Luiz 1).

ST. MARY’S 58, NORTH VALLEY 52: At Winston, St. Mary’s took control early behind the guard play of Noah Friesen and Kayden Walker, building a 30-15 lead by halftime to win a first-round game in the Douglas Holiday Crossover Tournament.

The Crusaders (2-4) led by as many as 20 points in the first half against North Valley, which St. Mary’s earlier beat 67-54 in its season opener.

The same shots that were falling in the first half didn’t reach the same level of success in the second half, allowing the Knights to chip away at their deficit.

St. Mary’s is next set to play at 1:30 p.m. Saturday against Phoenix.

CASCADE DROPS TWO: At Coos Bay, Cascade Christian suffered it first two losses of the season to open the South Coast Les Schwab Tournament against Class 4A opposition, falling 52-50 in overtime late Thursday to Philomath and 60-47 Friday afternoon to Junction City in games at Marshfield High.

Austin Maurer, a 6-foot-11 sophomore, was 5-for-15 from 3-point range and finished with 30 points to lead the Challengers (1-2) in a nail-biter against Philomath. Cody Reece added 11 points before fouling out.

Ty May scored 20 points to lead Philomath (3-2), which rallied to send the game into OT and then used a 4-2 edge in the extra session to prevail.

Junction City got off to a quick start against the Challengers and used a 27-11 edge in the third quarter to pull away. Cascade Christian connected on three of its four 3-pointers overall in the fourth quarter but a comeback bid fell short.

Reece led the Challengers with 13 points and Maurer added nine points against the Tigers.

Kaleb Burnett scored 19 points to lead three Junction City (5-1) players in double figures.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (47): Reece 13, Anderson 3, Wallace 4, P. Maurer 4, Hess 6, Sample 2, Hoffman 3, A. Maurer 9, Bryant 1, Nering 2. Totals: 19 5-8 47.

JUNCTION CITY (60): Bodely 0, Farrald 0, Burnett 19, Riley 2, Ohman 8, Kister 13, Ward 2, Knabe 2, Evans 14, Espinoza 0. Totals: 27 4-5 60.

Cascade Christian8111117— 47

Junction City179277— 60

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 4 (Anderson 1, Hess 2, Hoffman 1), Junction City 2 (Ohman 1, Kister 1).

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (50): Reece 11, Anderson 2, Wallace 0, P. Maurer 3, Hess 4, A. Maurer 30, Nering 0. Totals: 14 15-24 50.

PHILOMATH (52): Carter 2, Ordway 0, Matthews 7, May 20, Kramer 2, Peters 5, Beardsley 8, Latin 0, Russell 8. Totals: 17 12-20 52.

Cascade Christian1241913 2— 50

Philomath176916 4— 52

3-point goals — Cascade Christian 7 (Reece 1, Hess 1, A. Maurer 5), Philomath 7 (Matthews 1, May 4, Beardsley 2). Fouled out — Reece.

CROSSPOINT CHRISTIAN 45, PROSPECT 37: At Prospect, Boden Perkins scored 16 points and had three steals for Prospect but a third-quarter lull allowed Crosspoint Christian to pull away in the Mountain Valley League clash.

Theo James added 12 points for the Cougars (3-2, 1-1 MVL), who also got six rebounds apiece from Dylan Christian and Andrew Hammer.

Crosspoint Christian (5-2, 2-0) led 16-6 after one quarter but Prospect trimmed its deficit to 22-20 by halftime. In the third quarter, the Warriors went on a 16-8 run and held the advantage thereafter.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneNorth Medford's Trey Neff, shown driving to the hoop earlier this season against Mountain View, helped spark the Black Tornado with 17 points Friday against Clackamas.