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BOYS BASKETBALL: Foster propels St. Mary's

Tre Foster made his presence felt for St. Mary’s in nonconference boys basketball against Gold Beach.

Playing with a short-handed lineup, the Crusaders received a big performance from Foster and important contributions from the bench in posting a 58-50 victory over the Panthers in the St. Mary’s gym Saturday.

St. Mary’s (6-4) was missing two starters to travel — foreign exchange students Iyan Hristov and Francis Okeyia — and senior wing Jake Reynolds, out with a shoulder injury.

“Some guys had a chance to step up tonight,” said St. Mary’s coach Kevin Dixon. “Brother (Alilloa-Kaeo-Wailehua) gave us great energy off the bench and (Sean) Snyder did a nice job on the boards. We have a lot of good young players.”

Kaeo-Wailehua scored six points and Snyder pulled down eight rebounds, including five on the offensive boards, in reserve roles.

But it was Foster with 18 points, 15 rebounds and six blocked shots who most impacted the game.

“(Foster) plays so hard,” said Dixon. “He was dominating on the glass and was an intimidator inside. He has a nice touch right around the basket.”

Gavin Rajagopal was inserted into the Crusaders’ starting lineup and responded with a team-high 21 points.

The Crusaders jumped on Gold Beach early — building a 34-21 halftime lead. St. Mary’s led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter before the Panthers (5-4) cut into the advantage.

“We got a little complacent,” said Dixon, “but we kept it to a comfortable lead in the fourth. We spread them out and did a good job of getting to the basket.”

St. Mary’s stumbled a bit by connecting on just 5 of 15 free throws in the final period.

“Free-throw shooting has been our Achilles’ heel,” said Dixon. “Gold Beach battled all the way to the end. We didn’t make it easy for ourselves.”

GOLD BEACH (50): May 0, Quesada 0, Storns 0, Moore 9, Halcumb 15, Seuser-Smith 22, Jackson 0, Macei 4. Totals: 17 10-16 50.

ST. MARY’S (58): Kaeo-Wailehua 6, Young 0, Conner 3, Hadley 3, Rajagopal 21, Sternenberg 3, Foster 18, Synder 4. Totals: 23 8-17 58.

Gold Beach9121811— 50

St. Mary’s17171014— 58

3-point goals — Gold Beach 6 (Halcumb 3, Seuser-Smith 3), St. Mary’s 4 (Kaeo-Wailehua 1, Rajagopal 2, Conner 1).

NORTH MEDFORD 56, BEAVERTON 54: At Lake Oswego, Darrius Wells converted two free throws with less than one second left to lift North Medford in the Lakeside Tournament at Lakeridge High.

Beaverton’s Mason Stewart-Carothers tied the score 54-all on a step-back 3-pointer with 24 seconds left.

After a North Medford timeout with six seconds remaining, Jett Carpenter missed a challenged layup off an inbounds play. Then Wells stepped in front of a Beavers’ midcourt pass and got fouled with .6 second to go and made both free throws.

Senior guard Jaray Thomas had an effective all-around game for North Medford with 12 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals.

The Black Tornado (3-4) received important contributions off the bench from Victor Orozco-Bernal and Manuel Angulo Jr., who combined for 19 points.

Eli Spence led North on the boards with eight.

NORTH MEDFORD (56): Wells 7, Conrad 0, Ellis 0, Thomas 12, Carpenter 7, Angulo Jr. 9, Orozco-Bernal 10, Parker 7, Karrick 0, Spence 4. Totals: 18-43 15-17 56.

BEAVERTON (54): Giebels 15, Sloop 0, Davidson 3, Stewart-Carothers 14, Oleson 13, Baltus 0, Juwara 5, Walker 4, Barkenaes 0. Totals: 17-33 15-19 54.

North Medford10141913— 56

Beaverton12141018— 54

3-point goals — North Medford 5-18 (Wells 1, Thomas 2, Orozco-Bernal 2), Beaverton 5-9 (Davidson 1, Stewart-Carothers 3, Juwara 1).

JV result — North Medford 36, Beaverton 33, OT.

GRANTS PASS 63, HERITAGE 54: At Eugene, Grants Pass outdistanced the Washington school with a 27-point third quarter in the Emerald Shootout at Sheldon High.

The Cavemen (2-5) got 24 points from Taylor Anderson, while Korbin Lopez added 13 points and Randy Clark 10.

It was the first loss of the season for Heritage (5-1).

HERITAGE (54): Johnson 11, Brown 4, Hinton 2, Pitre 9, Struthers 6, Padley 13, Childs 8, Kenty 1. Totals: 22 7-12 54.

GRANTS PASS (63): Rich 7, Lopez 13, C. Anderson 0, Coyle 2, T. Anderson 24, Lackey 5, Clark 10, Bellum 2. Totals: 25 10-16 63.

Heritage1512720— 54

Grants Pass189279— 63

3-point goals — Heritage 3 (Padley 1, Childs 2), Grants Pass 3 (T. Anderson 2, Clark 1).

PHOENIX 73, HARRISBURG 49: At Harrisburg, Phoenix made 14 3-pointers in rolling to the victory in the Elmira Tournament.

The Pirates (7-2) scored 42 first-half points, following up a 60-55 loss to Lebanon Friday with the victory.

Braeden Watts made six of the 3s and scored 22 points for Phoenix, and Ethan Hutsell added 21. Nico Ortega made four 3s and scored 12 points.

PHOENIX (73): Martinez 4, Serna 0, Goff 3, Hutsell 21, Jenkins 0, Clayton 0, Mendez 2, Stella 2, Watts 22, Ortega 12, Beer 4, Stanfield 3. Totals: 26 7-10 73.

HARRISBURG (49): Crabb 1, Gaines 1, Davis 7, Lehkeman 0, Meadows 2, Smucker 5, Kelson 12, Thompson 3, Knox 16, Wyatt 2. Totals: 20 6-12 49.

Phoenix19231615— 73

Harrisburg891715— 49

3-point goals — Phoenix 14 (Goff 1, Hutsell 2, Watts 6, Ortega 4, Stanfield 1), Harrisburg 3 (Davis 1, Knox 1, Smucker 1).

DAYS CREEK 63, ROGUE RIVER 42: At Rogue River, Rogue River trailed by two points at halftime, then Days Creek’s Blake Ellis took over to fuel the nonconference victory.

The Chieftains (6-3) trailed 20-18 at the break.

Ellis scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half, including four 3-pointers. The Wolves (6-4) had seven 3-pointers.

For Rogue River (6-3), Aiden Norris tallied 17 points and Tyler Walsh tossed in 10.

PAISLEY 56, PROSPECT 35: At Paisley, Prospect dropped to 1-9 overall and 0-2 in the Mountain Valley League with the setback.

Paisley is 3-4 and 2-1.

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