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PREP BASKETBALL: South boys fall in final seconds to O’Dea

AUBURN, Wash. — The South Medford boys basketball team’s final game at The Hardwood Invite ended in excruciating fashion, seeing O’Dea (Wash.) pull ahead in the final seconds and claim a 58-57 win Tuesday night.

South held a slim one-point lead, 57-56, before O’Dea’s Owen Moriarty split the Panthers’ defense and scored the game-winning layup with 4.6 seconds remaining.

The Panthers’ Boden Howell had a 3-point attempt as time expired come up short.

A close game from start to finish, South was ahead by one at both halftime (31-30) and after three quarters (42-41).

Senior forward Devon Malcolm led South (6-2) with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while fellow senior Junior Sleezer had 13 points. South point guard Jackson Weiland and Howell added nine points apiece.

O’Dea’s Takeo Staten-Sylvester finished with a game-high 22 points. Mason Williams and Quincy Linton also scored in double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively, while Moriarty had eight.

O’DEA (58): Williams 13, Staten-Sylvester 22, Murphy 2, Araujo 0, Goodman 1, Moriarty 8, Linton 10, MacFarlane 0. Totals: 20 11-15 58.

SOUTH MEDFORD (57): Weiland 9, Hall 6, Sleezer 13, Howell 9, Adee 0, Bloodsaw 0, Clayborne 2, Malcolm 18. Totals: 21 12-18 57.

O’Dea19111117— 58

South Medford18131115— 57

3-point goals — O’Dea 8 (), South Medford 3 (Weiland 1, Howell 1, Sleezer 1). Fouled out — Weiland.

Girls

WILLAMETTE 60, CRATER 42: At Corvallis, Crater had too many first-half miscues to keep up with hot-shooting and undefeated Willamette, which came away with the win in the semifinals of the Spartan Holiday Showcase at Corvallis High School.

The Comets (7-2) will take on Wilsonville today at 5:30 p.m. for third place in the three-day tournament.

Crater committed nine turnovers in the first quarter, falling behind Willamette 14-5. The closest the Comets were able to get was 24-15 midway through the second quarter before the Wolverines (6-0) closed the half on an 11-2 run, going into halftime ahead 34-17.

Willamette finished 10-for-19 from 3-point range while Crater went 0-for-5.

Crater’s Chase Weaver had 12 points, five rebounds and three steals, while Abigail Winslow added 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks.

Wolverines freshman Maddy Warberg scored 12 of her 18 points in the second quarter and Brynn Smith added 17 points with five 3-pointers.

CRATER (42): K. Gugliotta 0, Sizemore 0, Gish 2, Dippel 5, Weaver 12, Hirsch 4, S. Winslow 1, McCauley 4, A. Winslow 10, A. Gugliotta 2, Traore 2. Totals: 16 10-23 42.

Willamette (60): Morris 4, Obie 0, Garcia 3, Warberg 18, Nguyen 8, Smith 17, Wagner 1, Marshall 0, Coffman 6, Ireland 1. Totals: 22 6-14 60.

Crater512817— 42

Willamette14201511— 60

3-point goals — Willammette 10 (Garcia 1, Warberg 4, Smith 5).

Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune South Medford's Junior Sleezer, seen here in a file photo, had 13 points in Tuesday’s game against O’Dea.