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North Medford junior Jett Carpenter shooting against McNary in the third round match-up of the Abby's Holiday Classic at Dennis Murphy Court on Saturday.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)

BOYS BASKETBALL: Big third quarter carries North past GP

GRANTS PASS — Jett Carpenter ignited North Medford in the second half of the Southwest Conference boys basketball road contest Friday.

The junior post scored eight of his season-high 21 points in the third quarter as the Black Tornado pulled away from Grants Pass for a 71-56 victory in the conference opener for both teams.

North Medford (9-6, 1-0 SWC) was tied 25-all at intermission then outscored the host Cavemen (4-11, 0-1) 25-8 in the third period to pull away.

“We came out and played a great half of basketball,” said North Medford coach Scott Plankenhorn, whose team shot 70 percent (19-for-27) from the field in the final two quarters. “Our defensive intensity was better and forced some turnovers. We got out in transition and ran some stuff for (Carpenter).”

Carpenter had an effective all-around game with four rebounds, four steals and three assists to go with his scoring.

Jaray Thomas, North’s senior guard, also posted some nice numbers with 13 points, four rebounds and four assists.

The Black Tornado had 20 assists on 29 field goals.

Grants Pass senior guard Taylor Anderson led all scorers with 22 points.

“We were sharing the basketball, moving the ball and playing real solid defense,” added Plankenhorn.

NORTH MEDFORD (71): Wells 6, Conrad 2, Ellis 0, Thomas 13, Carpenter 21, Angulo 4, Orozco-Bernal 10, Parker 9, Karrick 3, Spence 2. Totals: 29-48 6-14 71.

GRANTS PASS (56): Rich 3, Lopez 10, C. Anderson 0, Law 3, Farris 2, Coyle 7, T. Anderson 22, Maravilla 2, Lackey 0, Clark 7, Bellum 0. Totals: 16-39 21-31 56.

North Medford11142521— 71

Grants Pass1411823— 56

3-point goals — North Medford 7-18 (Thomas 1, Carpenter 2, Orozco 2, Parker 1, Karrick 1), Grants Pass 3-14 (Law 1, T. Anderson 1, Clark 1).

JV result — North Medford 58, Grants Pass 50.

SOUTH EUGENE 55, SOUTH MEDFORD 42: At Eugene, South Medford was overmatched inside and got hurt in transition in the Southwest Conference road loss.

The Panthers (1-14, 0-1 SWC) stayed close with host South Eugene early, trailing 11-9 after the opening period. But the Panthers could not recover from a 21-11 second-quarter deficit.

Sophomore post Jude Pannell led the Panther attack with 10 points and Keegan Losinski added eight.

For South Eugene (12-3, 1-0), senior guard Coleman McAninch scored 13 points and 6-foot-8 junior Aidan Clark chipped in nine and was a force inside.

SOUTH MEDFORD (42): Shepard 5, DeBoer 7, Gaut 5, Harmon 1, Pannell 10, Losinski 8, Dye 0, Wente 2, Ramsay 4. Totals: 16 7-12 42.

SOUTH EUGENE (55): Edwards 4, Berryman 6, Harris 9, Clark 9, McAninch 13, Nelson 0, Boettcher 8, Paul 6. Totals: 24 5-8 55.

South Medford911616— 42

South Eugene11211310— 55

3-point goals — South Medford 3 (Shepard 1, DeBoer 1, Pannell 1) South Eugene 2 (Berryman 1, Harris 1). Technical foul — McAninch.

JV result — South Eugene won.

CRATER 67, WILLAMETTE 59: At Central Point, junior guard Jayden Vranes tossed in a game-high 21 points to go with five assists to spark Crater in the Midwestern League battle of Class 5A state-ranked teams.

The No. 5 Comets (11-4, 5-1 MWL) jumped out to a 17-2 first-quarter lead at home against sixth-ranked Willamette (10-4, 5-2).

Crater sophomore post Nate Bittle provided 19 points and 10 rebounds.

The Comets capitalized on a big free-throw advantage, making 22 of 26 from the line compared to 8 of 9 for the Wolverines.

WILLAMETTE (59): Culver 2, Woods 2, Brown 8, Cross 15, J. Smith 0, Puckett 4, L. Smith 14, Curtis 14. Totals: 22 8-9 59.

CRATER (67): Vranes 21, Ray 3, Horton 8, Chubb 0, Eaton 0, Edwards 6, Johnson 6, Bittle 19, Garrett 4. Totals: 21 22-26 67.

Willamette2152319— 59

Crater17171815— 67

3-point goals — Willamette 6 (Cross 2, L. Smith 2, Curtis 2), Crater 3 (Horton 2, Ray 1). Fouled out — Culver, Puckett, Brown.

NORTH EUGENE 50, ASHLAND 28: At Eugene, Ashland struggled offensively from the onset and could never recover as North Eugene handed the Grizzlies their fourth consecutive loss.

Ashland (5-8, 1-5), which was again without the services of senior guard KJ Pippa, only managed to score double digits in one quarter.

The Grizzlies managed only 11 made field goals and two 3-pointers, one each by senior guard Joseph Waller-Sentle and junior guard Lowell Saulsbury.

North Eugene junior wing Cameron Parks scored a game-high 18 points for the Highlanders (5-10, 2-5).

Wallner-Sentle was the only Grizzly to score in double figures with a team-high 15 points.

ASHLAND (28): Smith 2, Wallner-Sentle 15, Ekwall 0, Hanks 0, Sanford 0, Saulsbury 3, Swanson 0, Sayre 0, Carter 2, Desmond 0, Barnes 4, Harris 0, LaPierre 0. Totals: 11 4-6 28.

NORTH EUGENE (50): Pratt 2, DeGarmo 8, Rankin 5, Wallace 5, Duke 6, Parks 18, Richardson 2. Totals: 22 0-2 50.

Ashland64711— 28

North Eugene10151411— 50

3-point goals — Ashland 2 (Wallner-Sentle 1, Saulsbury 1), North Eugene 4 (Rankin 1, Duke 2, Wallace 1).

NORTH BEND 63, EAGLE POINT 45: At Bend, Eagle Point’s third-quarter run cut North Bend’s halftime lead to two points but that was as close as the Eagles would come in the Midwestern League contest.

With the Bulldogs (7-6, 3-5 MWL) leading 34-25 at halftime, the Eagles (2-12, 0-7) came out of the break with a 7-0 run but lost the momentum after North Bend called a timeout.

The Eagles received 11 points from Quinton Gelbrich and 10 from Logan Esquibel.

Jayden Frank racked up 30 points, making 12 of the Bulldogs’ 14 two-point shots.

EAGLE POINT (45): Judd 3, Shaffer 7, McGarrell 2, Neyt 7, Gelbrich 11, Esquibel 10, Bradd 3, Gorman 2, Aguilar 0, Rodriguez 0, McHugh 0. Totals: 14 14-15 45.

NORTH BEND (63): G. Mateski 5, Frank 30, Simmons 13, Martin 10, Byers 1, Lynn 4, Christensen 0, Strasman 0, M. Mateski 0, Burgmeier 0, Messner 0. Totals: 21 10-12 63.

Eagle Point1114911— 45

North Bend18161415— 63

3-point goals — Eagle Point 3 (Judd 1, Shaffer 1, Gelbrich 1), North Bend 7 (G. Mateski 1, Simmons 3, Martin 3). Fouled out — Lynn. Technical foul — Simmons.

JV score — North Bend 49, Eagle Point 35.

LAKEVIEW 59, ROGUE RIVER 52: At Rogue River, after trailing early, Rogue River rallied to go into the fourth quarter with a 48-45 lead but could not hold off Lakeview in the Southern Cascade League home loss.

The Chieftains (7-8, 1-4 SCL) were led by Diego Agosto’s 13 points, and Caden Tognoni contributed 12.

Rogue River hurt its cause with 11-for-22 shooting from the free-throw line.

For Lakeview (8-8, 2-3), Jalen Lampman and Kaden Greenfield each scored 16 points.

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