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Devon Malcolm powers Panthers with 20 points in a runaway Abby’s victory against Forest Grove

One play, one Devon Malcolm dunk.

Two plays, two jams for Malcolm.

South Medford’s third basket Thursday in its final game of the 31st annual Abby’s Holiday Classic?

You guessed it, another dunk by the 6-foot-3 standout.

It was that type of day for the Panthers, who used Malcolm’s aerial exploits to dominate visiting Forest Grove, 63-22, and cap a successful two-day run at the boys basketball tournament.

“I just went out there to do what I do, play hard and try to set the tempo for today’s game,” Malcolm said. “It was fun, though, I’ll tell you that. It was fun.”

Malcolm finished with four dunks, with a few others falling by the wayside due to seemingly tired legs on thunderous approaches. His 20 points and 10 rebounds were game-highs.

“I had the attempts, but not the makes,” Malcolm said with a laugh of a potentially unconventional triple-double.

With Malcolm providing the highlights, it was all about the start for South Medford in Thursday’s romp past Forest Grove. Junior Sleezer drained a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter, finishing with 10 points overall, and Boden Howell added six of his 12 points in the opening frame to help the Panthers build a 24-5 advantage.

“We’re just a high-energy team from the start anyways,” noted Malcolm. “We don’t come out here flat-footed, we just come out here ready to play.”

The Panthers (8-2) executed well on each end of the floor, scoring on 11 of their 17 possessions in the first quarter while limiting the Vikings (4-5) to 2-for-10 shooting with six turnovers.

“I wouldn’t say we were trying to send a message or anything,” added Malcolm. “We were just in Seattle and played good, and played top-50 teams in the West Coast, so we wanted to bring it down here and play hard and set the tempo like they did to us and play some Seattle ball down here.”

Sophomore point guard Jackson Weiland pitched in with nine points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals for South, while Howell and Titus Bloodsaw each grabbed four boards.

Trevor Cannon scored eight points and Lucas Ellington added five points to lead Forest Grove, which was coming off a 65-63 double overtime win over Ashland.

After building a 38-15 halftime advantage, South Medford salted away the win in the third quarter behind a 9-0 run in the third quarter that saw contributions from all five of its starters. Weiland hit a 3-pointer off a kickout by Bloodsaw and then stole the ball to set up Malcolm for a basket. Howell later scored on a breakout and long pass from Weiland, and Sleezer capped the run with an acrobatic lay-in following a steal by Malcolm.

With a running clock in play in the fourth quarter, the Vikings managed just two points while the Panthers went 6-for-13 from the field to close the contest.

Overall, South Medford limited Forest Grove to 9-for-46 shooting and marked eight straight quarters that the Panthers have not allowed more than four field goals in a stanza.

The Panthers finished 28-for-59 from the field, with senior Gabe Adams coming off the bench to tally six points while freshman Drew Hall pitched in with three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Due to poor weather conditions that forced the cancellation of opening-day play and the subsequent withdrawal of two teams, there was no official tournament champion crowned this year at the Abby’s Holiday Classic.

South Medford and North Medford were the only teams to post 2-0 records over the revised tourney.

SOUTH SALEM 59, ROSEBURG 50: Greg Comer led three South Salem players in double figures as the Saxons used a free throw barrage in the fourth quarter to break a 43-all tie and open Thursday’s tournament play with a victory.

Comer was 5-for-6 from the foul line in the fourth quarter and Eli Gabriel, who finished with 15 points, went 8-for-8 from the charity stripe in the final frame to deny Roseburg.

Rylan Davidson also added 13 points for South Salem (4-5), which went 18-for-21 from the free-throw line overall.

Danil Olson knocked down four 3-pointers and led Roseburg (3-8) with 21 points.

FOREST GROVE (22): Case 0, Schoen 0, Rebsom 0, Hall 2, Cannon 8, Ellington 5, Milton 0, Funk 0, Kaulia 0, Clute 2, Hale 0, Steltenpohl 2, Davis 3. Totals: 9-46 1-2 22.

SOUTH MEDFORD (63): Weiland 9, Hall 0, Sleezer 10, Daniel 0, Howell 12, Adee 3, Adams 6, Bloodsaw 0, Clayborne 3, Espinosa 0, Malcolm 20. Totals: 28-59 3-5 63.

Forest Grove51052— 22

South Medford24141213— 63

3-point goals — Forest Grove 3 (Cannon 2, Ellington 1), South Medforfd 4 (Sleezer 2, Weiland 1, Adee 1).

ROSEBURG (50): Mendoza 2, Marsters 3, Stedman 0, Wilder 2, Pike 6, Oja 0, Williams 6, Olson 21, Fullerton 3, Bentea 2, Vredenburg 3, Cleary 0, Six 2. Totals: 18 6-8 50.

SOUTH SALEM (59): James 2, Gabriel 15, Feik 5, Stonerock 5, Comer 19, Nickel 0, Lassahn 0, Davidson 13. Totals: 17 18-21 59.

Roseburg149207— 50

South Salem1871816— 59

3-point goals — Roseburg 8 (Olson 4, Williams 2, Fullerton 1, Vredenburg 1), South Salem 7 (Comer 4, Gabriel 1, Feik 1, Davidson 1).

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Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Devon Malcolm and Jackson Weiland get the ball away from Forest Grove’s Lucas Ellington during the third quarter of Thursday’s game.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Devon Malcolm flies to the basket during the fourth quarter of Thursday’s game against Forest Grove.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Junior Sleezer and Boden Howell block a pass from Forest Grove’s Kaden Clute during the third quarter of Thursday’s game.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Junior Sleezer and Forest Grove’s Kaden Clute go for the loose ball during the third quarter of of Thursday’s game.
Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Devon Malcolm goes up for two points off a rebound during the fourth quarter of Thursday’s game against Forest Grove.