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BOYS BASKETBALL: Big third quarter sparks South past GP

GRANTS PASS — South Medford shrugged off an early challenge by Grants Pass with a 24-8 edge in the third quarter to remain unbeaten in Southwest Conference boys basketball with a 61-42 win over the host Cavemen Friday night.

Jackson Weiland, Boden Howell and Devon Malcolm each scored in double figures for the sixth-ranked Panthers, who improved to 18-2 overall and 8-0 in SWC play.

Weiland finished with 20 points and five steals, Howell had 14 points and Malcolm added 12 points and 11 rebounds to help South Medford stave off the upset bid by the Cavemen (6-14, 2-6 SWC).

“We just told them that it’s never easy over there,” said Panthers head coach James Wightman of the halftime adjustment. “They’re going to play hard and they’re going to scrap, but we held them to only 20 points in the first half. We just needed to get to the basket and go score and make them guard us. And then all of a sudden we went and just smacked them in the mouth there in the third quarter.”

“It was a tale of two halves,” added the coach. “The first half we were not good and the second we were very good.”

Junior Sleezer added six points and five assists and was a leading figure in limiting Grants Pass senior Dylan Neufeld without a field goal, while Drew Hall pulled in seven rebounds. The Panthers also forced 18 turnovers to keep the Cavemen at bay.

Ivan Isley scored 12 points while Neufeld and Luke Morgan each finished with seven for GP, which trailed only 22-20 at halftime.

SOUTH MEDFORD (61): Weiland 20, Hall 3, Sleezer 6, Daniel 0, Howell 14, Adee 0, Bloodsaw 2, Clayborne 4, Espinosa 0, Malcolm 12. Totals: 22 12-18 61.

GRANTS PASS (42): Isley 12, Neufeld 7, Alderson 3, Bennett 4, Gladbach 0, Polen 0, Jessee 1, McLean 4, Sawyer 2, Brandes 2, Morgan 7. Totals: 12 17-26 42.

South Medford10122415— 61

Grants Pass911814— 42

3-point goals — South Medford 6 (Weiland 2, Hall 1, Howell 3), Grants Pass 1 (Alderson 1). Technical foul — South Medford coach Wightman.

JV score — South Medford 66, Grants Pass 56

CRATER 75, NORTH BEND 47: At North Bend, Crater’s Javon Smith scored 23 points and the seventh-ranked Comets took command early to claim the Midwestern League victory.

Smith knocked down four of the Comets’ nine 3-pointers and Ashton Acrey made three triples on his way to a 10-point night. Logan Price went for 17 points and Caden Lasater dished out a season-high nine assists to go with his five points for Crater (17-5, 9-4 MWL).

North Bend (2-21, 0-14) picked up 18 points from Paolo Flores.

CRATER (75): Acrey 10, Lasater 5, Vranes 9, Smith 23, L. Price 17, Idiart 3, Dutkiewicz 0, B. Higginson 0, K. Price 6, Broesder 2. Totals: 27 12-17 75.

NORTH BEND (47): Jones 8, Forester 3, Padgett 0, Nelson 0, Edera 3, Roberts 6, Rinderele 5, Wicks 4, Jackson 0, Flores 18, Borras 0, Justice 0. Totals: 18 3-7 47.

Crater21221913— 75

North Bend1012205— 47

3-point goals — Crater 9 (Acrey 3, Vranes 1, Smith 4, Idiart 1), North Bend 8 (Jones 1, Edera 1, Roberts 2, Rinderele 1, Flores 3).

JV result — Crater won.

ASHLAND 51, NORTH EUGENE 48: At Ashland, after Ashland missed the front end of a 1-for-1 at the free throw line, North Eugene missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer and the No. 9-ranked Grizzlies escaped a late surge by the Highlanders.

The victory assured the Grizzlies (12-7, 9-3 MWL), who currently sit in third place in the MWL, a winning record for the first time since 2009.

Late in the fourth quarter, Egan Shields broke the Highlanders’ full-court press twice for a pair of emphatic dunks that bolstered the Grizzlies’ lead to seven with around 1 minute and 30 seconds left.

Just as Ashland looked to have sealed the win, Derek Vaughn nailed a 3-pointer for the Highlanders (9-12, 6-7) that cut Ashland’s lead to four.

The Grizzlies’ Hawthorn Lapierre finished with 14 points, Izzy Golden had 13 points and three 3-pointers while Shields chipped in 10.

NORTH EUGENE (48): Anderson 15, Banry 10, Sims 8, Johannsen 4, McKinnis 2, Vaughn 7, Kitzhaber 2, Stevens 0. Totals: 16 12-14 48.

ASHLAND (51): Stowasser 3, Lapierre 14, Golden 13, Lehnerz 2, Barnes 9, Shields 10, Thompson 0, Wright 0. Totals: 20 7-10 51.

North Eugene1471215— 48

Ashland1812129— 51

3-point goals — North Eugene 4 (Anderson 1, Sims 2, Vaughn 1), Ashland (Stowasser 1, Golden 3).

WILLAMETTE 49, EAGLE POINT 40: At Eugene, Eagle Point’s offense had one of its tougher shooting nights of the season and the sixth-ranked Eagles suffered a second consecutive Midwestern League loss.

The Eagles (16-4, 9-3 MWL) got a team-high 19 points from senior Brennen Neyt, but he was the lone Eagle Point player to score more than seven.

Parker Bracy scored a game-high 20 points for Willamette (11-9, 7-7), which led 39-32 heading to the third quarter and limited Eagle Point to single-digit point totals in the second and fourth periods.

EAGLE POINT (40): Quintero 0, Smith 3, Dutton 0, Pierce 0, Neyt 19, Carlton 2, Johnson 7, McGuire 6, Redondo 3. Totals: 17 7-18 40.

WILLAMETTE (49): Lesane 0, Tatcher 0, Bracy 20, Hemphill 2, Brooks 4, Lin 0, Sandow 9, O’Roy 2, Owens 0, Stavros 0, Small 9, Long 3. Totals: 19 14-20 49.

Eagle Point127138— 40

Willamette15111310— 49

3-point goals — Eagle Point 2 (Smith 1, Redondo 1), Willamette 5 (Bracy 2, Sandow 2, Long 1).

JV result — Willamette won.

PHOENIX 58, HIDDEN VALLEY 39: At Murphy, Julius Bolstad scored 11 points to lead a balanced Phoenix offense and the Pirates pulled away late to pick up their third straight Skyline Conference win.

Dylan Harper added nine points and Miguel Valadez chipped in eight for Phoenix (10-12, 5-4 Skyline), which outscored Hidden Valley 20-6 in the fourth quarter.

Zach Alderman finished with a game-high 16 points to lead Hidden Valley (4-15, 2-7).

PHOENIX (58): Brown 0, Monroe 4, Stubbs 4, Je. Selden 6, Ja. Selden 5, Valadez 8, Trenbeath 6, Harper 9, Ayala-Talbot 5, Bolstad 11. Totals: 22 10-23 58.

HIDDEN VALLEY (39): D. Iwamizu 10, Stone 5, Alderman 16, Klipfel 0, Norris 0, Stever 4, Presley 0, Fiske 0, J. Iwamizu 2, Kanott 0, Haley 0. Totals: 16 3-4 39.

Phoenix12131320— 58

Hidden Valley147126— 39

3-point goals — Phoenix 4 (Trenbeath 1, Harper 1, Ayala-Talbot 1, Bolstad 1). Fouled out — Alderman.

NORTH LAKE/PAISLEY 48, PROSPECT 46: At Klamath Falls, Prospect rallied late in the fourth quarter after trailing most of the night, but its potential game-tying shot was off target and North Lake/Paisley eliminated the Cougars from the Mountain Valley League playoffs at Crosspoint Christian High.

The Cougars (12-10, 7-7 MVL), who improved their win total from one victory last season to 12 in the 2021-22 campaign, received 16 points and five assists from junior guard Boden Perkins.

Senior post Theo James added 12 points and nine rebounds, while junior Parker Davis went for 12 points and six boards.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford's Jackson Weiland, seen here in a file photo from earlier this season, scored 20 points in Friday night’s win over Grants Pass.