BOYS BASKETBALL: North Medford loses heartbreaker in OT


    North Medford senior Jaray Thomas, shown Tuesday against Sheldon, led the Black Tornado with 23 points and 12 rebounds at South Eugene. (PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)

    EUGENE — North Medford had a chance to win it in regulation on the road at South Eugene, then couldn’t get it done in overtime and suffered a 62-56 Southwest Conference boys basketball loss Friday.

    The Black Tornado (13-9, 5-3 SWC) went 0-for-8 from the field in the extra period and got outscored 8-2.

    “We couldn’t make anything in overtime,” said North Medford coach Scott Plankenhorn. “It got away from us at the end.”

    North shot just 32 percent in the game and committed 17 turnovers.

    North Medford senior guard Jaray Thomas had an impressive all-around performance with a game-high 23 points to go with 12 rebounds and four assists. But Thomas missed a putback to win the game in regulation off his missed open 3-pointer just before the buzzer.

    “Thomas was amazing tonight,” said Plankenhorn. “He made five 3’s and he got to the rim a couple of times. He’s a hard person to guard.”

    Black Tornado senior Eli Spence contributed eight rebounds and five points.

    The victory moves South Eugene (17-5, 5-3) into a SWC second-place tie with the Black Tornado, which was alone in first place leading into Tuesday’s buzzer-beating loss to Sheldon.

    North grabbed a 13-7 first-quarter lead but the Axe went on a 21-9 second-quarter run before the Black Tornado hit a 3-pointer just before halftime.

    “All season it’s been one quarter that we’re not very good,” said Plankenhorn. “In big games on the road you have to make shots and get stops.”

    NORTH MEDFORD (56): Wells 8, Thomas 23, Carpenter 9, Angulo 0, Orozco-Bernal 3, Parker 8, Karrick 0, Spence 5. Totals: 19-59 7-11 56.

    SOUTH EUGENE (62): Berryman 11, Harris 3, Clark 10, McAninch 22, Boettcher 0, Paul 16. Totals: 22-47 9-14 62.

    North Medford13121316 2— 56

    South Eugene7211016 8— 65

    3-point goals — North Medford 12-35 (Wells 2, Thomas 5, Carpenter 2, Orozco-Bernal 1, Parker 2), South Eugene 7-15 (Berryman 3, McAninch 3, Paul 1). Technical foul — McAninch.

    JV result — South Eugene 61, North Medford 59.

    ROSEBURG 65, SOUTH MEDFORD 53: At Roseburg, South Medford senior Giovanni Bottero scored a career-high 19 points and junior Sherman Hunter knocked down five of the Panthers’ season-high nine 3-pointers in the Southwest Conference defeat.

    Hunter finished with 17 points and junior Peyton Shepard added 11 points for South Medford (2-20, 1-7 SWC), which cut its deficit to two points in the third quarter before running out of gas.

    Collin Warmouth had 34 points and Carson Ellis 20 for Roseburg (14-9, 4-4).

    SOUTH MEDFORD (53): Hunter 17, Shepard 11, DeBoer 0, Bottero 19, Harmon 1, Pannell 5, Ramsay 0, Townley 0, Gaut 0. Totals: 19 6-13 53.

    ROSEBURG (65): Black 3, Seely 4, Warmouth 34, Lake 2, Adams 2, Ellis 20, Avilez 0. Totals: 24 14-17 65.

    South Medford1642013— 53

    Roseburg17171023— 65

    3-point goals — South Medford 9 (Hunter 5, Bottero 3, Pannell 1), Roseburg 3 (Black 1, Warmouth 2). Fouled out — DeBoer. Technical foul — South Medford bench.

    JV result — Roseburg won.

    SPRINGFIELD 59, CRATER 58: At Springfield, Crater sophomore Nate Bittle scored all 19 of his points in the final three quarters and finished with 17 rebounds and three blocks in the Midwestern League road loss.

    Jayden Vranes added 13 points, four steals and four assists for the Comets (15-7, 9-4 MWL), who trailed 32-23 at halftime but rallied to make it even at 42-all entering the fourth quarter.

    Hunter Chubb knocked down three 3-pointers to finish with 10 points, while Blake Eaton added seven for sixth-ranked Crater.

    Zach Brown scored 26 points to lead Springfield (11-9, 7-6).

    CRATER (58): Vranes 13, Ray 0, Horton 3, Jaasko 0, Chubb 10, Eaton 7, Edwards 6, Johnson 0, Bittle 19. Totals: 17 17-23 58.

    SPRINGFIELD (59): Hill 5, Pederson 3, Carrillo 12, Sorber 6, Grousbeck 3 Vega 0, Smith 4, Brown 26. Totals: 19 14-21 59.

    Crater6171916— 58

    Springfield9231017— 59

    3-point goals — Crater 7 (Vranes 1, Horton 1, Chubb 3, Eaton 1, Bittle 1), Springfield 7 (Carrillo 4, Sorber 1, Grousbeck 1, Brown 1). Fouled out — Grousbeck.

    PHOENIX 66, KLAMATH UNION 62: At Phoenix, Ethan Hutsell poured in 19 points and Mason Stella knocked down a pair of free throws with nine seconds left to propel Phoenix to the Skyline Conference victory.

    The Pirates (12-11, 3-6 Skyline), who fell behind by 11 points in the first quarter, knocked down 11 3-pointers as a unit and forced a couple of key turnovers down the stretch to help complete the comeback.

    Braeden Watts dropped in 14 points, including four triples for Phoenix, and Nico Ortega drained three from downtown and finished with 11 points.

    The Pelicans fell to 11-8 overall and 6-3 in Skyline.

    KLAMATH UNION (62): Arvizu 10, Napoli-Sorg 15, Bowman 1, Short 4, Hogan 18, Holmes 14, Jackson 0. Totals: 20 10-21 62.

    PHOENIX (66): Goff 4, Osorio 2, Hutsell 19, Mendez 2, Zanni 5, Stella 4, Watts 14, Ortega 11, Stanfield 3, Tuenge 2, Jenkins 0, Serna 0, Martinez 0, Clayton 0, Beer 0. Totals: 14 5-12 66.

    Klamath Union19161512— 62

    Phoenix8232114— 66

    3-point goals — Klamath Uunion 4 (Napoli-Sorg 2, Arvizu 2), Phoenix 11 (Goff 1, Hutsell 1, Zanni 1, Watts 4, Ortega 3, Stanfield 1).

    JV result — Klamath Union won.

    BROOKINGS-HARBOR 66, ST. MARY’S 62: At Brookings, St. Mary’s battle for the Far West League’s second seed for the state playoffs came down to the final two possessions but Brookings-Harbor came out on top, ending the Crusaders’ season.

    Trevahn Foster amassed 20 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots but his Crusaders (13-13, 6-4 FWL), who played their third game in four days, committed too many turnovers (19) and went just 9 of 22 from the foul line.

    St. Mary’s Iyan Hristov knocked down four 3-pointers on his way to 16 points and Francis Okeyia went for 10 points and eight boards.

    The Crusaders finished the league in third place as the Bruins (15-8) earned the final playoff spot in the FWL.

    ST. MARY’S (62): Hristov 16, Kaeo-Wailehua 1, Okeyia 10, Conner 6, Rajagopal 7, Sternenberg 2, Snyder 0, Foster 20. Totals: 23 9-22 62.

    BROOKINGS-HARBOR (66): Beaman 7, Holler 14, A. Fronckowiak 13, Mills 0, Vanginderen 5, E. Fronckowiak 7, Christianson 0, Bonde 13, Schofield 7. Totals: 15-24 66 66.

    St. Mary’s16121420— 62

    Brookings-Harbor13171917— 66

    3-point goals — St. Mary’s 7 (Hristov 4, Conner 2, Rajagopal 1), Brookings-Harbor 3 (A. Fron 1, Fron 1, Schofield 1). Fouled out — Foster.

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