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BOYS BASKETBALL: North nets win over Grants Pass

Eighth-ranked North Medford seized its opportunity in the second quarter Saturday, more than doubling its advantage on Grants Pass to separate for a 64-41 Southwest Conference boys basketball victory.

Trey Neff sparked the surge and finished with 21 points, while fellow senior Bryce Dyer supplied 12 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals for the Black Tornado (18-2, 6-1 SWC).

“From the midpoint of the first quarter to the end of the second was definitely a nice stretch for us,” North Medford head coach Scott Plankenhorn said. “We really turned up the defensive intensity end and got some baskets and kind of got rolling there and stretched it out.”

North Medford led 24-17 in the second quarter when Neff scored on an elbow jumper to ignite a 15-3 run to close out the half.

O’Shea Miller added 13 points and Ty Neff had five points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals to help stave off Grants Pass (6-13, 2-5), which was coming off a 59-51 win at Sheldon on Friday.

“Everybody in this league is going to compete so you have to show up and give your best and that’s what I thought we did today,” Plankenhorn said. “We had three guys in double figures and a little bit from everybody on the things we needed to be successful.”

Ivan Isley scored 11 points and Mason Bennett had nine to lead the Cavemen.

GRANTS PASS (41): Isley 11, Neufeld 7, Alderson 3, Bennett 9, Gladbach 0, Polen 4, Jessee 0, McLean 3, Sawyer 0, Brandes 0, Morgan 4. Totals: 14 11-17 41.

NORTH MEDFORD (64): McLean 0, Klug 0, Ty. Neff 5, Tr. Neff 21, Plankenhorn 2, O’Neill 0, Young 0, Miller 13, Orozco 3, Dyer 12, Goodrich 3, Dominguez 5. Totals: 24-56 7-9 64.

Grants Pass137138— 41

North Medford22171114— 64

3-point goals — Grants Pass 2 (Alderson 1, McLean 1), North Medford 8-20 (Ty. Neff 1, Tr. Neff 2, Miller 1, Dyer 2, Goodrich 1, Dominguez 1).

JV score — North Medford 58, Grants Pass 35

ASHLAND 39, THURSTON 34: At Springfield, Ashland was able to overcome a 14-point first-quarter deficit and rally to beat Thurston in a low-scoring and physical Midwestern League matchup.

Ashland (9-7, 6-3 MWL) managed only two first-quarter points, trailing Thurston (6-13, 4-7) 16-2 after the opening period. The Grizzlies, however, were able to hold the Colts to single-digit point totals the next three quarters, outscoring them 37-18 over that span.

Grizzlies senior Hawthorn Lapierre scored 10 points, while junior Izzy Golden added nine points and senior Toby Barnes chipped in eight.

Maddox Molony scored nine points for Thurston.

ASHLAND (39): Stowasser 6, Lapierre 10, Golden 9, Lehnerz 2, Barnes 8, Shields 4, Thompson 0. Totals: 13 6-14 39.

THURSTON (34): Perez 6, Stutesman 4, Bonar 4, Gallup 2, Stiffler 5, Molony 9, James 2, Newell 2, Humphries 0. Totals: 11 9-12 34.

Ashland2111511— 39

Thurston16495— 34

3-point goals — Ashland 5 (Stowasser 2, Lapierre 1, Golden 1, Barnes 1), Thurston 3 (Bonar 1, Stiffler 1, Molony 1).

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 60, OAKLAND 26: Sophomore center Austin Maurer recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds a night after breaking Cascade Christian’s single-game scoring record and the No. 2-ranked Challengers rolled past Class 2A Oakland.

Maurer, who scored 41 points in Friday night’s loss to Douglas, recorded all but two of his points Saturday before halftime and added five assists.

Senior point guard Cody Reece also scored in double figures with 11 points and added five steals, while junior Triston Wallace had eight points and seven rebounds for the Challengers (16-6), who held a commanding 18-2 lead after the first quarter and were up 38-10 at the half.

Baker Brooksby scored 11 points for the Oakers.

OAKLAND (26): Strempel 0, Branton 3, Arscott 0, Baimbridge 0, Brooksby 11, Bridges 0, Carlson 3, Williamson 9, Chenowith 0. Totals: 9 5-11 26.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (60): Reece 11, Wallace 8, P. Maurer 6, Hess 1, Sample 0, Hoffman 0, A. Maurer 18, Bryant 0, Nering 5, Westlake 6, Kleker 3, Richardson 2. Totals: 27 4-6 60.

Oakland28214— 26

Cascade Christian1820175— 60

3-point goals — Oakland 2 (Brooskby 1, Williamson 1), Cascade Christian 2 (Reece 1, Kleker 1).

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 57, CROSSPOINT CHRISTIAN 30: Bryce Perry had 14 points, three assists and three steals to help host Rogue Valley Adventist wrap up the regular-season Mountain Valley League title.

David Zamudio added 11 points, five assists and five rebounds and Alex Wiggers had eight points and eight rebounds for the Red Tail Hawks (21-2, 13-1 MVL).

PROSPECT 55, CENTRAL CHRISTIAN 28: At Redmond, Boden Perkins amassed 26 points, five steals and four assists to power Prospect to victory in its Mountain Valley League finale.

Andrew Hammer added 10 points and nine rebounds and Theo James had eight points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars (12-9, 7-7 MVL).

Prospect will next set its sights on a Class 1A state playoff berth as it competes in the MVL playoffs beginning Friday against North Lake/Paisley at Crosspoint Christian High in Klamath Falls.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneNorth Medford's Trey Neff, seen here in a file photo from earlier this season, scored 21 points in Saturday’s win over Grants Pass.