PREP BASKETBALL: North’s season ends at Roosevelt
PORTLAND — Once Roosevelt got the early jump, the North Medford basketball team found itself clawing from behind the rest of the way with its season on the line Friday night.
Following a big third quarter, the Black Tornado cut Roosevelt’s lead to five points in the fourth quarter but that was as close as it would come as the seventh-seeded Roughriders eliminated 10th-seeded North Medford, 61-49, in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs.
“They were a good team and they just kept making plays, and we gave up some fastbreaks that we shouldn’t have,” said North Medford coach Scott Plankenhorn of Roosevelt. “We just couldn’t make the climb.”
The loss concludes an impressive season for North Medford, which finished with a 21-4 record following a 14-2 run during the COVID-shortened season last spring.
“Amazing year ... amazing year,” said Plankenhorn. “We’re 35-6 over the last two seasons. You don’t run into teams like that too often. I don’t have anything but high, high praise for this group that came through. It was a pleasure to coach these guys.”
The Roughriders (21-6), who will face second-seeded Summit at the Chiles Center in the 6A quarterfinals Wednesday, put up the game’s first 10 points, but the Black Tornado made a run of its own to survive the quarter down just 16-10.
Roosevelt then outscored North 17-11 to secure a 33-21 halftime advantage.
North Medford put together its best basketball of the night in the third quarter where it trimmed Roosevelt’s lead to 45-38 heading into the fourth. Roosevelt, however, sealed the game at the free-throw line, where it went 21-for-34 overall.
“They were an aggressive, downhill-attacking team,” said Plankenhorn. “They did a good job getting downhill and we couldn’t keep them off the boards.”
Senior guard Ty Neff paced the Black Tornado with 14 points and dished out four assists while fellow senior forward Bryce Dyer generated 11 points, 13 rebounds and three assists.
North Medford also received eight points, six boards and a pair of assists from senior guard Trey Neff and O’Shea Miller chipped in seven points.
The Roughriders were led by sophomore guard Terrence Hill’s 17 points.
NORTH MEDFORD (49): McLean 2, Klug 1, Ty. Neff 14, Tr. Neff 8, Plankenhorn 2, O’Neill 0, Young 0, Miller 7, Orozco 4, Dyer 11, Goodrich 0, Dominguez 0. Totals: 21-53 3-8 49.
ROOSEVELT (61): Seamster 8, Hill 17, Tupper 10, Morris 9, Kim 8, Salcido-Rosas 0, Jimenez-Garcia 3, Frish 0, White 6, Causey 0. Totals: 19 21-34 61.
North Medford10111711— 49
3-point goals — North Medford 4-21 (Ty. Neff 3, Dyer 1), Roosevelt 2 (Hill 1, Jimenez-Garcia 1). Fouled out — Orozco.
EAGLE POINT 74, HOOD RIVER VALLEY 61: At Eagle Point, Brennen Neyt scored 11 of his 24 points during a 24-8 second quarter surge that allowed Eagle Point to separate from Hood River Valley in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs.
With the win, the Eagles (18-7) advanced to the 5A state tournament for the first time since 2014. Eagle Point will next face Midwestern League foe Churchill at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday in the quarterfinals at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.
Mickey Redondo added 13 points and Adan Quintero was key off the bench, scoring 13 points behind a 7-for-9 effort from the free-throw line.
Tommy Johnson added nine points and was integral in EP securing 26 defensive rebounds.
Alex Smith, Neyt and Redondo each knocked down 3-pointers during the Eagles’ pivotal second quarter run.
Emanuel Romero had 24 points to lead Hood River Valley (13-9), which was 8-for-34 from beyond the arc.
HOOD RIVER VALLEY (61): Garcia 0, Buckley 6, Cook 10, I. Poole 2, Shoaf 3, M. Poole 0, Clemett 3, Ziegler 9, Romero 24, Rivera 0, Ziemer 0, Hough 4. Totals: 17-61 18-22 61.
EAGLE POINT (74): Quintero 13, Smith 8, Pierce 2, Neyt 20, Carlton 2, Johnson 9, McGuire 3, Redondo 13, Uribe 2, Weaver 2. Totals: 22 25-32 74.
Hood River Valley1181131— 61
Eagle Point1424729— 74
3-point goals — Hood River Valley 8-34 (Cook 2, Shoaf 1, Clemett 1, Ziegler 2, Romero 3), Eagle Point 5 (Quintero 1, Smith 2, Neyt 1, Redondo 1). Fouled out — McGuire.
ASHLAND 56, LA SALLE PREP 47: At Ashland, following a timeout and a Hawthorn Lapierre putback dunk, Ashland rallied from a 12-point, third-quarter deficit to take down No. 9 seed La Salle Prep and advance to the Class 5A state quarterfinals next week at Gill Coliseum.
The eighth-seeded Grizzlies (15-9), who take on top-seeded Redmond at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, closed the game on a 29-6 run which began after Ashland called a timeout with 4 minutes, 25 seconds left in the third period. The play that seemed to ignite the Grizzlies was Lapierre’s slam, but they also locked in defensively and had several stops in a row that helped Ashland not only rally but turn the tables on La Salle Prep (15-9) by going up by double digits.
The Falcons scored 11 second-half points, with just four points in the fourth quarter as Ashland wrapped up the win by going 11-for-12 from the free-throw line.
Lapierre tallied 16 points and Toby Barnes added 13 points with three 3-pointers. Barnes made his biggest impact on the defensive end when he helped keep Falcons’ star Nick Robertson from scoring a field goal over the last quarter-and-a-half.
Egan Shields dropped in 10 points and fellow juniors Sebastian Stowasser (nine points) and Izzy Golden (eight points) also neared double-digits for Ashland.
Robertson finished with a game-high 21 points for the Falcons.
LA SALLE PREP (47): Edeline 6, Robertson 21, Scacco 10, Frick 2, O’Brien 4, Jansen 2, Wobig 2, Barnes 0. Totals: 16 10-13 47.
ASHLAND (56): Stowasser 9, Lapierre 16, Golden 8, Barnes 13, Shields 10, Wright 0, Thompson 0, Lehnerz 0. Totals: 16 16-18 56.
La Salle Prep221474— 47
3-point goals — La Salle Prep 5 (Edeline 2, Robertson 3), Ashland 8 (Stowasser 2, Lapierre 1, Golden 2, Barnes 3).