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Sunset chases Tornado with late surge

PORTLAND — Sunset jumped out to a big early lead but still needed a second-half comeback to beat North Medford 77-71 Tuesday in a back and forth nonconference tilt at Sunset High School.

The Appollos (2-0) surged ahead 26-9 in the first quarter before the Black Tornado (0-2) rallied behind backups Nick Karrick and Manuel Angulo to take a 58-51 lead in the fourth quarter. But Sunset outscored the Tornado 29-19 in the final frame, and North didn’t help its cause by missing seven free throws in the fourth quarter.

“I’m disappointed in the way we came out,” North Medford coach Scott Plankenhorn said. “We weren’t ready to guard and defend things and were a little passive on the offensive end. But we finally squared ourselves with the backup guys and started attacking the basket.”

Karrick hit five 3-pointers on his way to a team-high 15 points off the bench, and Angulo added 13. Garrett Parker added nine points and Victor Orozco-Bernal and Jett Carpenter eight points apiece.

Braeden Sato hit five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 29 points for the Appollos, including 10 in the fourth.

“(In the fourth) we just didn’t execute and missed some free throws,” Plankenhorn said, “and every single bounce seemed to go their way.”

The Tornado head north again Friday for a game in Eugene against Churchill.

north medford (71): Wells 2, Conrad 2, Ellis 0, Thomas 9, Carpenter 8, Angulo 13, Orozco-Bernal 8, Parker 9, Karrick 15, Spence 5. Totals: 26 12-23 71.

sunset (77): Vernon 2, Kelton 9, Sato 29, Bergemann 0, Brown 0, Drews 2, Reese 5, King 15, Muhlheim 5, Rainbolt 0, Estep 8, Arenz 2. Totals: 24 19-27 77.

North Medford14231519—71

Sunset2681429—77

3-point goals — North Medford 7 (Thomas 1, Parker 1, Karrick 5), Sunset 10 (Kelton 2, Sato 5, Reese 1, King 1, Estep 1). Fouled out — Thomas, Wells, Sato.

JV result — Sunset 67, North Medford 66.

ROSEBURG 77, ASHLAND 53: At Ashland, Roseburg’s senior-laden squad scored nine straight points to open things up and never looked back in the nonconference win at the Mountain Avenue Gymnasium.

Ashland (1-1), coming off a 70-52 season-opening win over North Valley, trailed 19-7 after the opening quarter and by 18 points, 37-19, after Kaden Seely hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key right as the buzzer sounded.

Senior guard KJ Pippa finished with a team-high 21 points in the loss, but was the lone Grizzy to finish in double figures.

Roseburg (3-0) got a game-high 26 points from senior Collin Warmouth, who hit five of the Indians’ nine 3-pointers in the game. Fellow senior Storm Scott also had a big night, finishing with 20 points, with 12 of those coming in the first half.

ROSEBURG (77): Scott 20, Black 3, J. Parker 0, M. Parker 0, Seely 5, Warmouth 26, Lake 5, Adams 5, Martin 0, Stone 4, Ellis 0, Avilez 9. Totals: 32 4-4 77.

ASHLAND (53): Pippa 21, Smith 1, Walner-Sentle 5, Ekwall 8, Hanks 0, Sanford 2, Saulsbury 5, Swenson 0, Sayre 3, Carter 0, Desmond 2, Barnes 0, Harris 0, Lapierre 6. Totals: 20 3-6 53.

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Ashland7121123—53

3-point goals — Roseburg 9 (Black 1, Seely 1, Warmouth 5, Lake 1, Adams 1); Ashland 10 (Pippa 3, Walner-Sentle 1, Ekwall 2, Saulsbury 1, Sayre 1, Lapierre 2).

JV result — Roseburg 56, Ashland 54

EAGLE POINT 61, PHOENIX 53: At Phoenix, Logan Esquibel tallied 17 of his a game-high 26 points in the first half to spark Eagle Point to the nonconference victory.

Esquibel, a junior post, was 10 of 11 from the field.

Eagle Point (2-3) won the battle of the boards, with Hayden Neyt leading the way 13 rebounds.

The Eagles jumped out to a five-point first quarter lead and never trailed from there.

For Phoenix (1-1), junior guard Braeden Watts connected for four 3-pointers and scored a team-best 20 points and Ethan Hutsell added 16.

EAGLE POINT (61): McHugh 5, Chaparro 1, McGarrell 8, Neyt 4, Gelbrich 11, Esquibel 26, Bradd 2, Gorman 4, Aguilar 0, Shaffer 0. Totals: 23-45 13-21.

PHOENIX (53): Martinez 5, Serna 1, Goff 4, Hutsell 16, Mendez 2, Watts 20, Stanfield 5, Stella 0, Ortega 0, Clayton 0. Totals: 16 16-28.

Eagle Point15161119—61

Phoenix10131317—53

3-point goals — Eagle Point 2 (McGarrell 1, Gelbrich 1), Phoenix 5 (Goff 1, Watts 4). Fouled out — Hutsell.

JV result — Phoenix 48, Eagle Point 37.

RIDDLE 69, ROGUE RIVER 55: At Rogue River, junior wing Nate Hopkins poured in 29 points for Riddle in the nonference road victory.

Rogue River trailed by six points going into the fourth quarter then the Irish (3-0) went on a 24-16 run to end the game.

For Rogue River (3-1), senior guard Tyler Walsh scored 15 points, including three 3-pointers, and Aiden Norris chipped in 12.

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