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BOYS BASKETBALL: Howell helps boost South to victory

South Medford freshman Boden Howell poured in 26 points and Devon Malcolm added 18 points with a few dunks mixed in as the eighth-ranked Panthers boys basketball team used some key surges to post an 82-65 Southwest Conference win Tuesday.

Malcolm scored five points, Jackson Weiland had a driving basket and Drew Hall knocked down a 3-pointer to get the Panthers off to a 10-1 lead that grew to 15-1.

Roseburg closed to 19-13 before a 14-0 answering run by South Medford restored order for the Panthers (13-2, 3-0 SWC), who went on to outscore the Indians (4-10, 1-2) 21-12 in the third quarter to settle the outcome.

Weiland finished with 12 points and Hall had 10 for South, which next plays host to North Medford in a battle of SWC leaders at 6:45 p.m. Friday.

Danil Olson scored 16 points and Mykah Mendoza had 15 for Roseburg.

ROSEBURG (65): Mendoza 15, Stedman 2, Wilder 0, Pike 6, Williams 9, Olson 16, Fullerton 10, Vredenburg 2, Six 5. Totals: 22 11-14 65.

SOUTH MEDFORD (82): Weiland 12, Hall 10, Edgar 2, Daniel 4, Howell 26, Adee 0, Adams 0, Sewell 0, Bloodsaw 2, Clayborne 6, Espinosa 2, Malcolm 18, Henry 0. Totals: 31 14-17 82.

Roseburg11191223— 65

South Medford19212121— 82

3-point goals — Roseburg 10 (Mendoza 2, Williams 3, Olson 2, Fullerton 2, Six 1), South Medford 6 (Hall 2, Howell 4). Technical foul — South Medford.

JV result — South Medford 69, Roseburg 55

CRATER 65, NORTH EUGENE 47: At Central Point, senior guard Colton Vranes scored nine of his 21 points in the first quarter to help Crater end a three-game losing streak with the Midwestern League victory over North Eugene.

Javon Smith also dropped in nine of his 14 points in the opening period, helping the Comets (14-4, 6-3 MWL) begin the game quick after enduring slow starts over their last three loses.

Vranes also made four of the Comets’ eight 3-pointers, while brothers Logan and Kaden Price chipped in eight points apiece.

The Highlanders (5-10, 2-6) were led by Bedford Stephens’ 11 points.

NORTH EUGENE (47): Anderson 0, Banry 15, Dietz 0, Lemley 0, Johannsen 0, Stevens 11, Spencer 4, McKinnis 3, Gould 5, Vaughn 5, Kitzhaber 4. Totals: 20 0-2 47.

CRATER (65): Acrey 5, Lasater 4, Vranes 21, Smith 14, L. Price 8, Idiart 0, Dutkiewicz 0, Grant 1, L. Higginson 0, K. Price 8, B. Higginson 0, Broesder 4. Totals: 23 11-16 65.

North Eugene981515— 47

Crater21131813— 65

3-point goals — North Eugene 7 (Banry 3, Stevens 1, McKinnis 1, Gould 1, Vaughn 1), Crater 8 (Acrey 1, Vranes 4, Smith 2, Broesder 1).

Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune South Medford's Boden Howell, seen here in a game earlier this season against Grants Pass, scored 26 points to lead the Panthers pastt Roseburg on Tuesday night.