BOYS BASKETBALL: Thomas, Tornado triumph


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    LAKE OSWEGO — Jaray Thomas had a career performance for North Medford in the opening round of the Lakeside Tournament Friday.

    After a heart-to-heart team meeting in the hotel dining room earlier in the day, the Black Tornado responded with its best performance of the season, thrashing host Lakeridge 76-38.

    And no one played better than the senior guard Thomas, who put up a varsity-best 28 points to go with eight steals. Thomas was 9 of 10 from the field, including a perfect 5-for-5 on 3-pointers.

    “Jaray had an unreal game,” said North Medford coach Scott Plankenhorn. “He was unguardable. He got hot from the outside and everything else was at the rim. He did a lot of great things.”

    Not only did Thomas come through in a big way but North had three others in double figures. Darrius Wells and Jett Carpenter scored 10 points each and sophomore Nick Karrick came off the bench for a season-high 13.

    Carpenter pulled down eight rebounds and Wells dished out six assists.

    North Medford (2-4) grabbed an early lead and built a 43-18 halftime margin against the host Pacers (3-3).

    “It happened from the opening tip,” said Plankenhorn. “Finally everybody knew their role and went out and did their job. We executed in the half court and ran on our steals. We were patient in our offense and got the guys the ball who could score.”

    The Black Tornado faces Beaverton (5-3) at 6 p.m. today then finishes the round-robin event against Reynolds on Sunday.

    NORTH MEDFORD (76): Wells 10, Conrad 0, Hurley 0, Ellis 0, Thomas 28, Carpenter 10, Angulo Jr. 2, Orozco-Bernal 2, Parker 7, Karrick 13, Spence 4. Totals: 27-45 12-15 76.

    LAKERIDGE (38): Mount 3, Migchelbrink 4, Vaday 4, Maynes 1, Houck 3, Leimach 0, Chen 2, Nelson 0, Bothe 1, Justice 12, White 3, Larrance 5. Totals: 14-45 7-11 38.

    North Medford17261221— 76

    Lakeridge810137— 38

    3-point goals — North Medford 10-18 (Thomas 5, Carpenter 1, Parker 1, Karrick 3), Lakeridge 3-10 (Mount 1, Vaday 1, White 1).

    JV result — Lakeridge 54, North Medford 47.

    CHURCHILL 69, ASHLAND 56: Churchill, coming off a win over defending Class 5A state champion Thurston on Tuesday night, raced out to a double-digit lead within the first five minutes, capping a 12-0 run to open the game when junior guard Isaiah Wallace sank a 3-pointer from the left corner in the Midwestern League rout.

    By the time the first quarter was over, the Lancers had already built a 19-2 lead.

    Come halftime, Churchill — which was ranked second in this week’s Class 5A coaches’ poll — was ahead 38-12.

    Wallace scored 14 of his game-high 18 points in the first half to lead a balanced scoring attack. Only one other Lancer, junior wing Kaelan O’Neil (11 points), finished in double figures, but five difference Lancers (7-0, 2-0 MWL) scored at least seven points in the win.

    Lowell Saulsbury — who had four of Ashland’s 10 3-pointers in the game — and Nate Desmond each finished with a team-high 12 points for the Grizzlies (4-4, 1-2). Wallner-Sentle and Gabe Ekwall both added nine points.

    CHURCHILL (69): Akuma III 6, Bennion 7, Wallace 18, Morgan 7, Murphy 0, Vasbinder 0, Tofte 2, O’Neil 11, Pia 2, Goracke 9, Case 5, Carson 2. Totals: 22 18-27 69.

    ASHLAND (56): Pippa 6, Wallner-Sentle 9, Ekwall 9, Hanks 2, Sanford 0, Saulsbury 12, Swenson 0, Sayre 0, Carter 6, Desmond 12, Harris 0. Totals: 21 4-7 56.

    Churchill19191318— 69

    Ashland2101725— 56

    3-point goals — Churchill 7 (Bennion 1, Wallace 4, O’Neil 1, Goracke 1), Ashland 10 (Pippa 1, Wallner-Sentle 3, Ekwall 1, Saulsbury 4, Desmond 1).

    WILLAMETTE 68, EAGLE POINT 52: At Eagle Point, Quinton Gelbrich turned in a game-high 20 points but Willamette’s balanced attack was too much for the Eagles in the Midwestern League contest.

    The Eagles (2-8, 0-3 MWL) trimmed the lead to seven in the fourth quarter but turnovers at inopportune times proved costly down the stretch.

    Devin Bradd, Logan Esquibel and Hayden Neyt each chipped in eight points while Bradd added four steals, and both Esquibel and Neyt grabbed seven rebounds.

    The Wolverines (6-1, 3-0) had four players score in double figures, led by Tyler Woods and Jacob Curtis dropping in 15 points apiece.

    WILLAMETTE (68): Culver 11, Woods 15, Cross 9, Puckett 4, Smith 14, Curtis 15, Brown 0. Totals: 26 8-9 68.

    EAGLE POINT (52): McHugh 7, Neyt 8, Gelbrich 20, Esquibel 8, Bradd 8, Gorman 1, Kendrick 0, Shaffer 0, McGarrell 0. Totals: 21 8-14 52.

    Willamette13231616— 68

    Eagle Point816199— 52

    3-point goals — Willamette 8 (Woods 3, Cross 1, Smith 1, Curtis 3), Eagle Point 3 (Gelbrich 3).

    JV result — Willamette won.

    HENLEY 64, CASCADE CHRISTIAN 39: Layne Collom led all scores with 20 points but host Cascade Christian went cold late in the third quarter and Henley closed the last 10 minutes of the game on a 22-2 run.

    The Challengers (1-6) also picked up 11 ponts from Kiegan Schaan while the rest of the team combined for just eight points. Collom and Schaan also knocked down three 3-pointers apiece.

    HENLEY (64): Lawrie 6, Snider 0, Hall 2, Fenters 16, Reynolds 14, Neubert 17, Howe 3, Loney 4, Newsome 0, Northcutt 2. Totals: 23 14-21 64.

    CASCADE CHRISTIAN (39): Reece 0, Sciapiti 2, Schaan 11, Jackson 0, Miller 0, Coppedge 0, Lewis 2, Collom 20, Sample 0, Spurlock 4, Brehm 0, Flenner 0, Crowl 0. Totals: 14 5-7 39.

    Henley1319 1517— 64

    Cascade Christian101892— 39

    3-point goals — Henley 4 (Fenters 1, Reynolds 2, Loney 1), Cascade Christian 6 (Schaan 3, Collom 3).

    JV result — Henley won.

    ST. MARY’S 71, ILLINOIS VALLEY 50: Iyan Hristov had 19 points and five assists, Francis Okeyia scored 14 points and St. Mary’s shot 55 percent in the nonleague rout.

    St. Mary’s jumped out to a 42-19 halftime lead and hit 29 of 53 shots for the game to snap a three-game losing streak. Trevahn Foster had a solid all around game with 12 points, three rebounds, three blocks and two dunks, and Sean Snyder added 11 points for the Crusaders.

    Illinois Valley (2-8), which suffered its fourth straight loss, was led by Bryce Bruner’s 22 points.

    ILLINOIS VALLEY (50): Bruner 22, Buckmaster 0, Hess 6, Polk 2, Jolley 2, Brummett 3, Wood 4, Saaverda 0, Dugas 2, Herrera 5, S. Hess 4. Totals: 20 6-8 50.

    ST. MARY’S (71): Hristov 19, Young 2, Banton 3, Okeyia 14, Conner 0, Reynolds 4, Hadley 0, Rajagopal 4, Sternenberg 2, Snyder 11, Foster 12. Totals: 29 9-14 71.

    Illinois Valley9101219— 50

    St. Mary’s21211513— 71

    3-point goals — Illinois Valley 4 (Bruner 4), St. Mary’s 4 (Hristov 3, Snyder 1).

    JV Result — St. Mary’s won.

    TRIAD 54, PROSPECT 24: At Prospect, Prospect was unable to contain undefeated Triad which jumped out to a 33-9 halftime lead.

    The Loggers (1-8) received nine points from Jadon Taylor while Kyle Ghirardo led the squad in rebounding with five.

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