The South Medford boys basketball team came out swinging in the first half of the opener of the Abby’s Holiday Classic on Thursday.
But all of that enthusiam quickly faded in the third quarter when North Eugene took over for good and came away with a 55-44 victory at South Medford High School.
“It’s like we were a different squad,” said South Medford coach James Wightman on his team’s second half. “It was frustrating.”
The Panthers (1-9), who had a 21-19 halftime edge, were outscored 22-11 in the third quarter.
It was third time in four home games where the Panthers have led at halftime only to squander their advantage. They’ll try to rebound against McNary at 3:45 p.m. today in Day 2 of the annual event.
Junior forward Keegan Losinski was effective for the Panthers, pouring in 18 points, and Sherman Hunter was South’s second leading scorer with six points.
North Eugene’s Cameron Parks led all scores with 24 points and Brennan DeGarmo added 14.
NORTH EUGENE (55): Pratt 0, DeGarmo 14, Rankin 0, Wallace 3, Duke 4, Parks 24, Cross 0, Plum-Kazmierczak 0, Quinton 10, Richardson 0. Totals: 21 12-16 55.
SOUTH MEDFORD (44): Hunter 6, Shepard 1, DeBoer 0, Bottero 0, Smith 1, Sleezer 2, Harmon 2, Pannell 2, Losinski 18, Townley 2, Ramsay 4. Totals: 14 13-20 44.
North Eugene6132214— 55
South Medford11101112— 44
3-point goals — North Eugene 1 (Wallace 1), South Medford 3 (Hunter 1, Harmon 2).
WEST SALEM 72, WEST ALBANY 50: West Salem put five players in double figures. led by junior Justin Scoggin with 13 points, to move into today’s semifinals.
West Salem (4-4) led 43-30 at halftime at North Medford High then outscored winless West Albany (0-8) 16-2 in the third to put the game away.
ROSEBURG 73, MCNARY 68: Collin Warmouth scored 31 points to lead Roseburg to the first-round victory over McNary (5-2) at South Medford High. The Indians (8-1) will face North Eugene at 7:15 tonight in the semifinals.