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Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth’s Trent DeBoer goes under the hoop for 2 points in the 2nd quarter.

BOYS BASKETBALL: South falls on late shot

Aloha means goodbye for Panthers

Despite miscues and early-season rust, South Medford still found itself in a position of advantage late in its season-opening boys basketball game against Aloha Friday.

With the scored tied and 20 seconds remaining, the Panthers had possession of the ball on their home court.

But the moment unraveled for young South Medford after an errant pass gave the ball back to a veteran Aloha squad, which would not squander the same opportunity with the contest tied at 55-all.

The Warriors used the threat of its outside shooting to draw the Panthers’ defense to the perimeter on the final play, leaving an Aloha player alone in the post to score with 0.2 seconds left, reeling in a 57-55 victory.

“We showed our age and that’s what happened,” said South Medford coach James Wightman. “We just have to make basketball plays, but we took terrible shots in the last minute of the game and all that is a lack of discipline.”

The Panthers (0-1) had a 31-26 lead but Aloha’s Caleb Turner erased South Medford’s advantage in the third quarter when he knocked down three 3-pointers and turned the game into a back-and-forth battle.

South Medford relied on junior forward Keegan Losinski, who poured in a game-high 25 points while junior guard Sherman Hunter added 19 points to go with three from downtown.

As a team, however, the Panthers committed 19 turnovers, distributed just 10 assists and finished 11 of 25 from the foul line.

“We had a chance to win or go into overtime,” said Wightman. “If we would have just run our stuff we could have done it, but you can’t go into panic mode like that. We have a long way to go.”

ALOHA (57): C. Wilson 2, Moungvang 0, R. Wilson 12, Williams 8, Bloom 1, Dennis 11, Turner 16, Helm 3, Morrison 0, Cashmer 4, Weitzel 0. Totals: 22 7-16 57.

SOUTH MEDFORD (55): Hunter 19, DeBoer 6, Bottero 0, Harmon 0, Sleezer 3, Smith 0, Pannell 2, Losinski 25, Townley 0. Totals: 20 11-25 55.

Aloha9172011— 57

South Medford11201410— 55

3-point goals — Aloha 6 (Dennis 1, Turner 3, Helm 1, Cashmer 1), South Medford 4 (Hunter 3, Sleezer 1). Technical fouls — South Medford coach Wightman, R. Wilson.

JV result — South Medford 71, Aloha 38.

BEND 48, GRANTS PASS 42: At Grants Pass, a dismal third quarter proved costly for Grants Pass in the nonconference loss at Heater-Newman gym.

Grants Pass (0-1) led 22-16 at halftime but was outscored 14-2 in the third period.

Senior guard Taylor Anderson led Grants Pass with 13 points.

BEND (48): Brown 15, Kerr 13, Warinner 12, Mesarich 6, Robertson 2, Monday 0, A. Chopra 0, Miller 0, E.Chopra 0, Teichrow 0. Totals 18 8-14 48.

GRANTS PASS (42): T. Anderson 13, Clark 7, Bellum 7, Rich 6, Lopez 6, Maravilla 3, C. Anderson 0, Coyle 0. Totals 17 4-6 42.

Bend881418— 48

Grants Pass814218— 42

3-point goals — Bend 4 (Kerr 2, Mesarich 2), Grants Pass 4 (T. Anderson 2, Maravilla 1, Bellum 1).

CRATER 54, HAWAII BAPTIST 48: At Honolulu, Hawaii, Nate Bittle racked up 22 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks to power Crater to victory over host Hawaii Baptist.

The Comets (1-0) did not shoot the ball well, going just 3-for-23 from 3-point range, and lost the lead in the third quarter to the hot-shooting Hawaii squad before regaining control in the fourth quarter.

Kruger Edwards went for 15 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for the Comets, who lost star guard Jayden Vranes to a broken wrist in the first quarter when he landed awkwardly after going up for a blocked shot.

CRATER (54): Horton 7, Chubb 5, Edwards 15, Bittle 22, Dance 2, Johnson 3, Vranes 0, Ray 0, Jaasko 0, Eaton 0. Totals: 22 8-9 54.

HAWAII BAPTIST (48): Okazaki 0, Lee 0, Lucaub 2, Wada 12, Ishida 12, Fung 4, Wiemken 18. Totals: 18 4-5 48.

Crater10151019— 54

Hawaii Baptist4161513— 48

3-point goals — Crater 3 (Horton 1, Chubb 1, Edwards 1), Hawaii Baptist 8 (Wada 2, Ishida 4, Wiemken 2).

EAGLE POINT 45, CRESCENT VALLEY 43: At Wilsonville, Quinton Gelbrich scored 15 points and Eagle Point controlled the boards in holding off Crescent Valley in the opening round of the eight-team Holiday Inn Wilsonville Invitational.

The Eagles (1-1) will play the winner of Wilsonville-Ridgeview in the semifinals at 8 tonight.

Hayden Neyt, who added eight points, Logan Esquibel and Zach Gorman helped Eagle Point establish an advantage inside.

Eagle Point built a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter and got key defensive stops down the stretch.

CRESCENT VALLEY (43): Serdani 8, Sanders 8, Alatorre 3, Raab 6, Hemzacek 6, King 6, Hamilton 6 .

EAGLE POINT (45): McHugh 2, Chaparro 3, Shaffer 3, McGarrell 5, Neyt 8, Gelbrich 15, Esquibel 4, Bradd 2, Aguilar 3, Gorman 0, Kendrick 0.

Crescent Valley10101211— 43

Eagle Point148149— 45

3-point goals — Crescent Valley 3 (Hemzacek 2, Alatorre 1) Eagle Point 6 (Chaparro 1, McGarrell 1, Gelbrich 3, Aguilar 1). Fouled out — Chaparro.

ST. MARY’S 39, NORTH VALLEY 33: St. Mary’s led by 10 points at halftime and held on for a season-opening home victory.

Ian Hristov paced the Crusaders with 11 points, including three 3-pointers. Francis Okeyia pulled down a team-best eight rebounds, and Nathan Sternenberg came off the bench to grab seven rebounds and score four points.

The Crusaders were just 2 of 8 from the line in the final period.

For North Valley (0-2), Lincoln Kilborn scored 14.

NORTH VALLEY (33): Geurin 0, Lauby 4, Cram 0, Tuttle 3, Kilborn 14, Avila 8, Taylor 1, Smith 3. Totals: 12 8-10 33.

ST. MARY’S (39): Hristov 11, Kaeo-Wailehua 0, Okeyia 2, Conner 8, Rajagopal 7, Sternenberg 4, Snyder 0, Reynolds 2, Foster 5. Totals: 14 5-13 39.

North Valley49911— 33

St. Mary’s71697— 39

3-point goals — North Valley 1 (Tuttle 1), St. Mary’s 6 (Hristov 3, Conner 2, Rajagopal 1). Technical foul — St. Mary’s bench.

JV result — St. Mary’s won.

PROSPECT 43, GLENDALE 40: At Canyonville, Jordan Royce scored 12 points and Kyle Ghirardo added 11 for Prospect in the first round of the Canyonville Tournament.

Prospect (1-1) plays Canyonville for the title today.

Royce connected on a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help boost the Cougars.

After shooting 14 percent on free throws in a season-opening loss to New Hope Christian, Prospect was 13 of 21 against Glendale.

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