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PREP BASKETBALL: Weiland, Malcolm guide South to road win

REDDING, Calif. — Tenth-ranked South Medford saw three players score in double figures and broke open Saturday’s nonleague boys basketball game with a 29-point second quarter to win convincingly over University Prep, 80-47.

Sophomore point guard Jackson Weiland dropped in five 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 23 points to go with four rebounds, three assists and three steals for the Panthers (10-2).

Senior Devon Malcolm was 7-for-8 from the foul line and contributed 19 points, eight rebounds and four steals, while freshman Boden Howell added 13 points and four assists in a runaway win that got a little ragtag at times.

“It was kind of a sloppy game,” said Panthers head coach James Wightman. “We were really, really loose with the ball and turned it over 21 times, which is bad. They turned the ball over 27 times, though, and I thought our pressure got to them at times.”

Malcolm scored seven points in the first quarter and Desmond Clayborne’s putback at the end of the frame gave South a 17-10 advantage. In the second quarter, Weiland was instrumental in scoring 14 of his points to help the Panthers build a 46-28 cushion at the break.

Clayborne finished with six rebounds, while Titus Bloodsaw had five steals and freshman Drew Hall tallied five points, five rebounds and four assists for South.

Kameron Morphew totaled 16 points to lead University Prep (7-9).

South Medford will have an extended break to iron out any wrinkles after Tuesday’s scheduled Southwest Conference opener against Roseburg was postponed. Barring another schedule change, the next Panthers game is Jan. 22 at South Eugene.

SOUTH MEDFORD (80): Weiland 23, Hall 5, Sleezer 6, Daniel 3, Howell 13, Adee 0, Adams 2, Bloodsaw 2, Clayborne 7, Espinosa 0, Malcolm 19. Totals: 22 15-23 80.

UNIVERSITY PREP (47): Cassingham 0, Cummings 2, Kemp 5, Kremer 4, Cooper 0, Miyamoto 2, Hays 6, Berglund 4, Morphew 16, Fisher 0, Gilbreath 8. Totals: 20 5-8 47.

South Medford17292311— 80

University Prep1018109— 47

3-point goals — South Medford 9 (Weiland 5, Hall 1, Howell 3), University Prep 2 (Kemp 1, Morphew 1).

JV score — South Medford 59, University Prep 43

COTTAGE GROVE 65, PHOENIX 55: At Merlin, Isaiah Ayala Talbott of Phoenix scored 12 points and Julius Bolstad added 11 but a 22-7 run in the second quarter made all the difference to help Cottage Grove seize momentum in the Sky-Em/Skyline Crossover at North Valley High.

The Pirates (4-8), who led 18-10 after one quarter, also got nine points from Miguel Valadez.

Carter Bascue tallied 28 points for Cottage Grove (8-3), which was 21-for-32 from the free-throw line.

PHOENIX (55): Monroe 2, Stubbs 2, Je. Selden 4, Ja. Selden 7, Valadez 9, Trenbeath 3, Crump 0, Harper 5, Talbott 12, Bolstad 11. Totals: 21 5-11 55.

COTTAGE GROVE (65): Crump 6, Murphy 11, T. Kishen 8, Stere 3, H. Petersen 5, Bascue 28, C. Kishen 4. Totals: 21 21-32 65.

Phoenix1871515— 55

Cottage Grove10221815— 65

3-point goals — Phoenix 8 (Talbott 4, Bolstad 1, Ja. Selden 1, Harper 1, Trenbeath 1), Cottage Grove 2 (Crump 1, Stere 1). Technical foul — Phoenix coach McNichols, Stubbs.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 64, HARRISBURG 35: At Winston, four Cascade Christian players scored in double figures as the third-ranked Challengers rolled over Harrisburg at Douglas High.

Cody Reece led the way with 15 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, while Austin Maurer nearly recorded a triple-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks. Peyton Maurer also had a solid showing, tallying 12 points, five rebounds,three steals and three assists.

Cannon Anderson also finished in double figures with 10 points for Cascade (8-3), which has won four straight games.

Britt Murray, a 6-foot-6 senior center, scored 21 points for Harrisburg (7-5).

Austin Maurer, Cascade’s 6-foot-11 sophomore center, was coming off a stellar showing at the Crusader Classic New Year’s Invitational, where he led his team to the title by averaging 33 points and 17 rebounds in Salem.

HARRISBURG (35): Te. Crabb 0, Lawson 0, Lidbeck 3, Tr. Crabb 9, Ruiz 0, Davis 2, Murray 21. Totals: 12 7-8 35.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (64): Reece 15, Anderson 10, Wallace 9, P. Maurer 12, Hess 2, Sample 0, Hoffman 0, A. Maurer 14, Bryant 2, Nering 0. Totals: 22 14-16 64.

Harrisburg13895— 35

Cascade Christian18171514— 64

3-point goals — Harrisburg 4 (Lidbeck 1, Tr. Crabb 3), Cascade Christian 6 (Reece 1, Anderson 2, P. Maurer 2, A. Maurer 1). Fouled out — Tr. Crabb.

NORTH LAKE/PAISLEY 56, PROSPECT 34: At Silver Lake, Prospect junior Parker Davis posted 10 points and seven rebounds and senior Theo James added 13 points and eight boards but North Lake/Paisley was able to gradually pull away for the Mountain Valley League win.

Prospect (3-4, 1-2 MVL), which hadn’t played since Dec. 18, trailed only 11-7 after one quarter but North Lake/Paisley (6-3, 4-0) outscored the Cougars 17-5 in the second quarter to take control.


SOUTH GAME CANCELED: South Medford’s game against Class 5A Corvallis was canceled due to COVID issues within the Spartans’ program.

It was the Panthers’ third game of the week to get canceled. South was supposed to play in Redding, California, against Enterprise on Tuesday, but the Hornets were forced to cancel. Same goes for South’s scheduled matchup today against West Linn, which was also called off due to COVID-19.

South Medford (5-1), ranked third in the latest Class 6A coaches poll, last played on Dec. 21. South is scheduled to open Southwest Conference play Tuesday night at Roseburg (1-8).

JUNCTION CITY 47, PHOENIX 27: At Siuslaw, Phoenix was able to hang with Junction City, Class 4A’s fourth-ranked team, for three quarters, but the Tigers pulled away late for a win at the Sky-Em/Skyline Crossover tournament.

Phoenix (6-7) trailed 21-13 at the half and 36-24 at the end of the third quarter, but then saw Junction City limit the Pirates to just three points in the final period.

Phoenix junior Morgan James finished with a game-high 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds to go with two steals and two blocks.

James also made the Pirates’ lone 3-pointer — a buzzer-beater from halfcourt to end the first half. It was James’ first attempted 3-pointer this season.

Faith Marshall and Ophelia Nelson both paced Junction City (10-3) with 15 points.

JUNCTION CITY (47): Marshall 15, Wilson 5, Nelson 15, Sangermano 0, C. Hartle 4, Deming 0, Evans 4, Long 4, E. Hartle 0. Totals: 18 6-12 47.

PHOENIX (27): James 18, Nolan 0, Vos 0, Potratz 0, Delgado 1, Rector 7, McConnell 0, Mohamud 1. Totals: 9 8-17 27.

Junction City10111511— 47

Phoenix67113— 27

3-point goals — Junction City 3 (Nelson 2, Long 1), Phoenix 1 (James 1).

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 47, CENTRAL CHRISTIAN 35: Rogue Valley Adventist’s Michaela Porter scored 24 points and Emma Bischoff recorded another double-double to lead the Red Tail Hawks over Central Christian.

Bischoff finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Isabell Zamora added four points and eight assists for RVA (9-2, 2-1), which led 25-18 at halftime over Central Christian (4-4, 2-2).

Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune South Medford's Jackson Weiland, seen here in a file photo, scored a game-high 23 points in the Panthers’ win over University Prep (Calif.) on Saturday.