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6A/5A boys hoops: South stuns Roseburg

Jude Pannell was locked in and his South Medford teammates played inspired basketball as the Panthers registered their first Southwest Conference boys victory of the season — 60-46 against visiting Roseburg Friday.

“This was the best we’ve played all year,” said South Medford coach James Wightman. “They’re bigger and stronger than us but we played with heart, passion and toughness.”

Pannell scored 19 points and showed grit underneath against the taller Indians.

“This was a coming out for Jude,” said Wightman. “He was tough as nails. He was dialed in offensively and taking smart shots.”

Roseburg (12-5, 2-1 SWC) held a 25-24 halftime lead but the Panthers (2-15, 1-2) came out hot in the third quarter to take control.

The Panthers surged ahead 44-36 going into the final period and didn’t falter down the stretch.

“We were solid on the defensive end and stuck to our game plan,” said Wightman. “We knew their offense goes through the Warmouth kid.”

Even though Roseburg’s Collin Warmouth scored a game-high 26 points, Wightman was pleased with the defensive efforts of Trent DeBoer and Peyton Shepard against the talented senior guard. Warmouth was held to 9-for-22 shooting from the field.

“We made nothing easy for (Warmouth),” said Wightman. “We made things uncomfortable for him and he was frustrated.”

South Medford had good offensive balance — getting 10 points each from Keegan Losinski and Ben Harmon and nine from Shepard.

“The biggest thing was we put the ball in the bucket tonight,” said Wightman, “and we finished the game by taking care of the ball and showing composure late.”

ROSEBURG (46): Black 0, Seely 4, Warmouth 26, Lake 0, Adams 3, Stone 2, Ellis 9, Avilez 2. Totals: 18 5-8 46.

SOUTH MEDFORD (60): Shepard 9, DeBoer 2, Bottero 4, Gaut 0, Harmon 10, Pannell 19, Losinski 10, Ramsay 6. Totals: 23 11-14 60.

Roseburg1781110 — 46

South Medford9152016 — 60

3-point goals — Roseburg 5 (Warmouth 3, Adams 1, Ellis 1), South Medford 3 (Shepard 2, Pannell 1).

JV score — South Medford 54, Roseburg 51, OT

SHELDON 73, GRANTS PASS 47: At Eugene, Taylor Anderson scored 17 points for Grants Pass but Sheldon used a 25-7 edge in the first quarter to secure the Southwest Conference victory.

Patrick Herbert had 13 points, Jackson Tucker 12 and Dawson Prickel 10 for Sheldon (8-10, 1-2 SWC).

Korbin Lopez added 10 points for the Cavemen (5-12, 1-2).

GRANTS PASS (47): Rich 9, Lopez 10, C. Anderson 2, Law 0, Farris 0, Coyle 0, T. Anderson 17, Maravilla 0, Kelly 0, Lackey 2, Clark 4, Bellum 3. Totals: 19 6-12 47.

SHELDON (73): Tucker 12, Frey 3, Wagers 6, McGarvey 8, Line 3, Herbert 13, O’Roy 3, Owen 1, Prickel 10, Seghetti 4, Gittins 7, Templeman 2. Totals: 29 10-15 73.

Grants Pass715169— 47

Sheldon25151815— 73

3-point goals — Grants Pass 3 (Bellum 1, Rich 1, T. Anderson 1), Sheldon 4 (Prickel 2, Line 1, Gittins 1). Technical foula — Maravilla, O’Roy.

THURSTON 63, CRATER 43: At Springfield, Crater sophomore Nate Bittle scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half but the Comets could not recover from an early burst by fifth-ranked Thurston that lead to a 21-8 lead after one quarter in the Midwestern League showdown.

Jayden Vranes added 10 points for Crater (11-6, 5-3 MWL), which also got 12 rebounds and five blocks from Bittle.

Thurston’s Isaac Lange scored 17 points and the Colts (13-4, 6-3) closed out third-ranked Crater with a 26-12 edge in the fourth quarter.

CRATER (43): Vranes 10, Ray 5, Horton 0, Jaasko 0, Chubb 3, Eaton 3, Edwards 2, Johnson 3, Bittle 17, Dance 0. Totals: 15 7-15 43.

THURSTON (63): Casley 0, Crist 11, Muggy 2, Bryant 10, Alonzo 6, Stranieri 4, White 0, Lange 17, Miller 11, Starck 2. Totals: 23 16-23 63.

Crater814912— 43

Thurston218826— 63

3-point goals — Crater 4 (Bittle 2, Chubb 1, Ray 1), Thurston 1 (Crist 1). Fouled out — Edwards, Miller.

SPRINGFIELD 59, EAGLE POINT 43: At Eagle Point, Eagle Point led 20-18 at halftime and extended the lead early in the third before Springfield went on a big run to turn around the Midwestern League game.

Senior wing Hayden Neyt had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Eagles (2-14, 0-9 MWL), while Logan Esquibel, a junior post, provided 10 points and eight rebounds.

Eagle Point received a strong defensive effort from Quinton Gelbrich and junior point guard Luke McHugh was effective orchestrating the Eagles’ offense and distributing the ball.

Junior guard Marcel Hill came through with 20 points for Springfield (9-7, 5-4) and senior forward Zach Brown added 19.

SPRINGFIELD (59): Hill 20, Carrillo 2, Grousbeck 5, Sharr 1, Vega 3, Smith 9, Brown 19. Totals: 21 12-21 59.

EAGLE POINT (43): Judd 2, McHugh 3, Chaparro 3, McGarrell 7, Neyt 13, Gelbrich 5, Esquibel 10, Gorman 0, Shaffer 0. Totals: 15 13-17 43.

Springfield991724— 59

Eagle Point911716— 43

3-point goals — Springfield 5 (Hill 3, Grousbeck 1, Vega 1), Eagle Point 2 (McGarrell 1, Neyt 1). Fouled out — McHugh. Technical fouls — McHugh, Springfield bench.

JV result — Springfield won.

WILLAMETTE 68, ASHLAND 37: At Ashland, visiting Willamette used a big first half to cruise to a Midwestern League victory at the Mountain Avenue Gym.

Ashland (5-10, 1-7 MWL) trailed 32-12 at halftime.

Sophomore wing Luke Smith and senior Owen Cross combined for 27 points for the Wolverines (12-4, 7-2).

Lowell Saulsbury, a junior wing, led the Grizzlies with nine points.

WILLAMETTE (68): Culver 5, Woods 6, Brown 2, Thompson 2, Cross 13, Burke 5, Murphy 2, Puckett 7, Moffatt 0, Smith 14, Curtis 9. Totals: 24 12-17 68.

ASHLAND (37): Pippa 2, Smith 6, Wallner-Sentle 3, Ekwall 4, Hanks 0, Sanford 4, Saulsbury 9, Swenson 3, Sayre 2, Carter 2, Desmond 2, Barnes 0, Harris 0, LaPierre 0. Totals: 14 4-9 37.

Willamette19131722— 68

Ashland75178— 37

3-point goals — Willamette 7 (Cross 2, Burke 1, Puckett 1, Smith 1, Curtis 2), Ashland 5 (Ekwall 1, Saulsbury 3, Swenson 1).

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