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Boys Basketball: Big second half carries North past Roseburg

North Medford used more intense defensive pressure and better shot selection in the second half to pull away for a 68-43 home victory over Roseburg in boys nonconference basketball Tuesday.

The Black Tornado (8-6) opens Southwest Conference play at Grants Pass on Friday.

Roseburg (10-4) was tied with North 24-all at halftime.

The Black Tornado shot just 8-for-25 from the field in the first half, then hit 17 of 28 after intermission.

“We were rushing things a little bit offensively in the first half,” said North Medford coach Scott Plankenhorn. “We talked about being more patient with our shooting and turning up the defense.”

North Medford responded by taking command in the third quarter, outscoring the Indians 19-7.

“We ran a couple of set plays for (Jett) Carpenter and got him some layups,” said Plankenhorn. “We also got out in transition and executed our offense when we got a chance.”

Carpenter tallied eight points in the third and finished with 10. Nick Karrick added 11 points.

Darrius Wells, a North senior guard, scored seven of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter. Wells also provided four steals and three assists.

“(Wells) had a solid all-around game,” said Plankenhorn.

Eli Spence led the Black Tornado with eight rebounds.

Roseburg’s Collin Warmouth led all scorers with 26 points.

“Roseburg crushed us on the boards in the first half,” said Plankenhorn. “In the second half, we cleaned up the boards, turned the ball over only one time and got the ball to the right people and made some shots.”

ROSEBURG (43): Black 5, M. Parker 0, Seely 5, Warmouth 26, Lake 0, Adams 0, Martin 0, Ellis 3, Avilez 4. Totals: 17-41 6-9 43.

NORTH MEDFORD (68): Wells 16, Conrad 0, Hurley 1, Ellis 2, Thomas 8, Carpenter 10, Angulo Jr. 1, Orozco-Bernal 6, Parker 6, Karrick 11, Spence 7. Totals: 25-53 11-18 68.

Roseburg915712— 43

North Medford1591925— 68

3-point goals — Roseburg 3-16 (Black 1, Warmouth 2), North Medford 7-22 (Wells 2, Thomas 1, Parker 1, Karrick 3).

JV result — North Medford 47, Roseburg 26.

SHELDON 65, GRANTS PASS 62: At Eugene, Sheldon senior Patrick Herbert poured in 21 points and Jackson Tucker added 12 as the host Irish rallied to win the nonconference matchup.

Kameron Owen added 10 points for Sheldon (7-8), which outscored Grants Pass 26-22 in the fourth quarter.

Taylor Anderson had 25 points and Skyler Rich added 12 for the Cavemen (4-10), who have now lost four straight by six points or less.

GRANTS PASS (62): Rich 12, Lopez 5, C. Anderson 0, Law 7, Coyle 2, T. Anderson 25, Maravilla 2, Lackey 0, Clark 7, Bellum 2. Totals: 22 14-18 62.

SHELDON (65): Tucker 12, Frey 3, Wagers 0, McGarvey 5, Line 0, Herbert 21, Owen 10, Prickel 5, Seghetti 4, Gittins 5. Totals: 26 10-14 65.

Grants Pass7201322— 62

Sheldon921926— 65

3-point goals — Grants Pass 4 (T. Anderson 3, Rich 1), Sheldon 3 (Owen 2, Prickel 1).

HENLEY 56, PHOENIX 39: At Phoenix, host Phoenix dropped its second straight game to open Skyline Conference action.

The Pirates fell to 9-7 on the season while Henley improved to 2-0 in the Skyline and 9-7 overall.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 64, DOUGLAS 42: Sophomore guard Levi Sciapiti scored all of his 15 points in the first half to help Cascade Christian take a big halftime lead in registering its second straight Far West League victory.

The Challengers (5-13, 2-1 FWL) opened up a 41-19 margin at the break.

Cascade Christian used tight man pressure to force Douglas (4-11, 1-3) into 18 turnovers that led to numerous fast-break baskets in the opening half.

Donminic Lewis, a sophomore guard, led the Challengers’ attack with 19 points.

DOUGLAS (42): Hoque 7, Silvaz 11, Edwards 12, Jones 2, West 7, Balderston 3, Schofield 0. Totals: 15 9-12 42.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (64): Reece 1, Sciapiti 15, Crowl 0, Schaan 8, Jackson 0, Miller 2, Coppedge 9, Lewis 19, Collom 9, Sample 0, Spurlock 1, Brehm 0, Fleener 0. Totals: 25 10-15 64.

Douglas910617— 42

Cascade Christian1823914— 64

3-point goals — Douglas 3 (Hoque 1, Silvaz 1, West 1), Cascade Christian 4 (Sciapiti 1, Lewis 1, Collom 2).

JV result — Cascade Christian won.

BROOKINGS-HARBOR 56, ST. MARY’S 49: At Brookings, trailing by as many as 12 in the third quarter, St. Mary’s rallied back but was unable to turn the corner on Brookings-Harbor, which seized the Far West League victory.

The Crusaders (8-8, 2-1 FWL) whittled the Brookings-Harbor lead down to one point with about 21/2 minutes remaining but were off target on a couple of opportunities to take the lead and finished just 1-for-10 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

Francis Okeyia finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds and a pair of blocks for St. Mary’s, which shot 6-for-19 from the charity stripe and just 36 percent from the floor to go with 20 turnovers.

The Crusaders also got eight points apiece from Sean Snyder and Tre Foster, who also pulled down 11 rebounds.

ST. MARY’S (49): Kaeo-Wailaehua 3, Young 2, Okeyia 13, Conner 6, Reynolds 0, Rajagopal 4, Sternenberg 5, Snyder 8, Foster 8. Totals: 19 6-19 49.

BROOKINGS-HARBOR (56): L. Beaman 12, Holler 18, Mills 5, Vanginderen 4, Fronckowiak 7, Christensen 0, J. Beaman 0, Schofield 10. Totals: 20 13-20 56.

St. Mary’s6122110— 49

Brookings-Harbor9171416— 56

3-point goals — St. Mary’s 5 (Kaeo-Wailaehua 1, Conner 2, Sternenberg 1, Snyder 1), Brookings-Harbor 4 (L. Beaman 1, Holler 1, Mills 1, Fronckowiak 1). Fouled out — Foster, Holler.

ILLINOIS VALLEY 77, ROGUE RIVER 62: At Cave Junction, Illinois Valley’s tight half-court man defense forced 21 turnovers and the Cougars jumped out to a 44-20 halftime lead in the Southern Cascade League home contest.

Diego Agosto and Aiden Norris scored 12 points each for Rogue River (7-7, 1-3 SCL), while teammates Simeon Poston added 11 and Caden Tognoni chipped in 10.

For league-leading Illinois Valley (7-8, 5-0), wings Bryce Bruner and Elijah Polk led the way with 18 points apiece.

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