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BOYS BASKETBALL: Black Tornado turns back Roseburg

Senior wing Austin McLean gave fifth-ranked North Medford the boost it needed to get over the hump Saturday and score a 71-61 win over visiting Roseburg in Southwest Conference boys basketball action.

The Black Tornado jumped out to a 22-11 lead through one quarter in an about-face from the night before when it was limited to 39 points overall by No. 8 South Medford in a SWC defeat, but Roseburg did not go away and eventually took a brief third-quarter lead.

Enter McLean, who came off the bench to post 14 points, 11 rebounds and four assists for North (16-2, 4-1).

“Austin was super active all over the place,” said Tornado head coach Scott Plankenhorn. “He changed the game when he came in and definitely in the second half when it was still a battle and Roseburg was giving us everything they could. He pounded the offensive glass for seven rebounds on that end and finished those off a lot for his 14 points. He also did a good job defensively.”

Despite steady defensive attention, Trey Neff led North with 21 points while Bryce Dyer added 12 points, 10 rebounds and two assists and O’Shea Miller had 12 points.

The Tornado led 34-30 at halftime but finally was able to break the game back open in the fourth, with Dyer leading the surge by dictating the offense from his forward spot.

Danil Olson had 21 points to lead four Roseburg (5-11, 2-3) players in double figures.

ROSEBURG (61): Mendoza 12, Stedman 0, Pike 0, Williams 13, Olson 21, Fullerton 5, Six 10. Totals: 23 8-12 61.

NORTH MEDFORD (71): McLean 14, Ty. Neff 8, Tr. Neff 21, Miller 12, Orozco 2, Dyer 12, Goodrich 2, Dominguez 0, Plankenhorn 0. Totals: 29-64 8-12 71.

Roseburg11191219— 61

North Medford22121225— 71

3-point goals — Roseburg 7 (Mendoza 1, Williams 2, Olson 3, Fullerton 1), North Medford 5-21 (Ty. Neff 2, Tr. Neff 1, Miller 2). Fouled out — Orozco.

JV score — North Medford 77, Roseburg 66

SOUTH MEDFORD 50, SHELDON 41: At Eugene, Junior Sleezer scored five of his 15 points during a second quarter that saw South Medford separate from Sheldon and remain unbeaten in Southwest Conference play.

Coming off a scintillating performance in a rout of crosstown rival North Medford on Friday night, the eighth-ranked Panthers (15-2, 5-0 SWC) faced a quick turnaround and road trip for Saturday’s afternoon tilt and it definitely showed.

South Medford led only 18-17 through one quarter before a 13-6 surge in the second.

Devon Malcolm added 15 points and three blocks, Boden Howell had 14 points and four assists and Sleezer finished with three steals.

Luke Leighton scored 12 points for Sheldon (6-12, 1-4).

SOUTH MEDFORD (50): Weiland 4, Hall 0, Sleezer 15, Howell 14, Adams 0, Bloodsaw 0, Clayborne 2, Malcolm 15. Totals: 16 14-20 50.

SHELDON (41): Rubino 9, Frey 7, Line 0, Bryant 8, Leighton 12, Graziano 5, Stapleton 0, Cramer 0. Totals: 17 3-7 41.

South Medford1813127— 50

Sheldon176126— 41

3-point goals — South Medford 4 (Sleezer 2, Howell 1, Malcolm 1), Sheldon 4 (Rubino 1, Frey 1, Bryant 1, Graziano 1). Fouled out — Leighton.

JV score — South Medford 53, Sheldon 47

PROSPECT 46, NORTH LAKE/PAISLEY 30: At Prospect, Andrew Hammer supplied 14 points, 13 rebounds and five steals to lead Prospect, which shook off a third-quarter push by North Lake/Paisley and used a 21-9 fourth-quarter edge to seal the Mountain Valley League victory.

Theo James added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Cougars (9-8, 4-6 MVL), while Boden Perkins added 11 points and three steals to deny North Lake/Paisley (9-7, 7-4).

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