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BOYS BASKETBALL: South slams Axe in SWC rout

EUGENE — A 14-day layoff did nothing to slow the ninth-ranked South Medford boys basketball team, which used a 30-5 first-quarter surge to eliminate all doubt in an 85-30 romp over South Eugene in Southwest Conference play Saturday.

“I’m just proud of them,” Panthers head coach James Wightman said. “I was nervous just because of having two weeks off and it’s hard to win at South Eugene, it just is. I never thought we’d beat them by 55 points. I don’t think anyone has done that in however many years that school has been around.”

South Medford seniors Devon Malcolm and Junior Sleezer helped set the tone. Malcolm finished with 20 points, including five dunks, and 11 rebounds while Sleezer had three dunks of his own en route to 16 points with seven assists, four steals, four rebounds and two blocks.

Freshman Boden Howell finished with 13 points, five assists and joined sophomore Jackson Weiland in committing zero turnovers for the Panthers (11-2, 1-0 SWC). Weiland also had nine points, three steals and six of South’s 24 assists.

Saturday marked the Panthers’ first win in the South Eugene (1-9, 0-2) gym in six years.

“We were just active and getting tips and deflections and steal after steal on defense,” Wightman said of the fast start. “Our energy and our pressure really got to them.”

SOUTH MEDFORD (85): Weiland 9, Hall 7, Sleezer 16, Daniel 7, Howell 13, Adee 0, Adams 2, Bloodsaw 3, Clayborne 8, Espinosa 0, Malcolm 20. Totals: 37 6-6 85.

SOUTH EUGENE (30): Herbert 6, Miller 0, Thurman 0, P. Saunders 2, James 11, Vellutini 0, Nice 7, Thompson 0, Thomas 0, T. Saunders 4, Cacioppi 0. Totals: 11 8-11 30.

South Medford30251911— 85

South Eugene58143— 30

3-point goals — South Medford 5 (Hall 1, Sleezer 1, Daniel 1, Howell 1, Bloodsaw 1).

JV result — South Medford won

NORTH MEDFORD 55, GRANTS PASS 46: At Grants Pass, Austin McLean hit a pivotal 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter to build a cushion for No. 4 North Medford, which staved off an upset bid for the SWC victory.

Bryce Dyer contributed 16 points, 16 rebounds, three assists and two steals to pace the Black Tornado (14-1, 2-0 SWC), while Trey Neff added 11 points and six rebounds and Ty Neff had seven points, six assists and three steals.

Luke Morgan was strong inside for Grants Pass (5-8, 1-1) with 16 points and Mason Bennett scored 10.

NORTH MEDFORD (55): McLean 5, Klug 0, Ty. Neff 7, Tr. Neff 11, Miller 7, Orozco 3, Dyer 16, Goodrich 6. Totals: 17-39 19-27 55.

GRANTS PASS (46): Alderson 8, Bennett 10, Gladbach 0, Polen 3, McLean 0, Sawyer 2, Brandes 7, Morgan 16. Totals: 19 4-8 46.

North Medford12151216— 55

Grants Pass1410166— 46

3-point goals — North Medford 2-11 (McLean 1, Tr. Neff 1), Grants Pass 4 (Alderson 2, Brandes 2). Fouled out — Polen, Morgan.

JV score — Grants Pass 60, North Medford 54

MAZAMA 66, PHOENIX 54: At Phoenix, Julius Bolstad scored 19 points but Phoenix was unable to keep its strong start going in the Skyline Conference loss.

Phoenix (5-10, 0-2 Skyline) led 19-10 after the first quarter but was outscored 24-9 by Mazama in the second period to trail 34-28 at halftime.

Miguel Valadez and Jack Monroe added 10 points apiece for the Pirates.

Aidan Kindt led Mazama with 15 points.

MAZAMA (66): Hubble 6, Kindt 15, Jeffrey 6, Hargrave 3, Yancey 10, McDonald 12, Worrell 6, Raebel 6. Totals: 28 3-13 66.

PHOENIX (54): Valadez 10, Trenbeath 6, Harper 3, Ayala-Talbott 6, Bolstad 19, Brown 0, White 0, Monroe 10, Ponce 0, Cipes 0. Totals: 18 8-13 54.

Mazama10241913— 66

Phoenix1991412— 54

3-point goals — Mazama 6 (Hubble 1, Kindt 3, Hargrave 1, Yancey 1), Phoenix 10 (Valadez 1, Trenbeath 2, Ayala-Talbott 2, Bolstad 4, Monroe 1). Technical foul — Harper.

PROSPECT 66, CENTRAL CHRISTIAN 29: At Prospect, Boden Perkins posted 28 points and four steals and Theo James added 20 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and three blocks in a runaway Mountain Valley League win.

Andrew Hammer added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Cougars (7-6, 2-4 MVL), who led 19-3 after one quarter and 45-12 at the break.

Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune South Medford's Junior Sleezer, shown in action earlier this season, had 16 points and seven assists in Saturday’s 85-30 win at South Eugene.