PORTLAND — Playing its second Class 6A state playoff game in as many nights didn’t seem to affect North Medford’s boys basketball team, but Friday’s opponent certainly did.
Fourth-seeded Jesuit took control of the second-round clash after a back-and-forth first quarter, using a game-high 24 points from senior Aiden Williams to push past North Medford for a 69-42 win in the Crusaders’ gym.
The Black Tornado (16-10), which saw its season come to an end, trailed only 12-9 after one quarter thanks to a fast start from junior Jett Carpenter, who had six of his team-high 18 points in the opening frame, and a 3-pointer by senior standout Jaray Thomas.
“We got our two main guys going a little bit and played some sound defense,” said North Medford head coach Scott Plankenhorn, “but in the second quarter, Jesuit just flipped the switch on us and our offense really took us out of the game.”
The Crusaders (19-6) outscored North 16-6 in the second quarter to build a 28-15 cushion at halftime.
“The game just kind of finally settled down and the physicalness of Jesuit got to us,” said Plankenhorn. “We just settled for some really poor shots and didn’t run our offense, and that led to bad shots and led to them into getting into easier offense.”
As has been the case all season, North Medford came out of the locker room with a nice surge to trim its deficit to 28-21, but Williams helped quiet the surge and the Crusaders ultimately took control again, closing the contest with a 22-12 edge in the fourth quarter. Williams knocked down six 3-pointers in the win.
“We were just behind the 8-ball and could never get stops when we needed them,” said Plankenhorn. “Or we’d get a stop but they’d slip in for the offensive rebound, which was another thing that really killed us.”
Plankenhorn credited Carpenter for his all-out hustle throughout, while sophomore Landon Ellis added six points and senior Eli Spence scored four points.
Thomas was limited to his one first-quarter field goal after scoring 17 one night prior against Sunset.
NORTH MEDFORD (42): Carpenter 18, Ellis 6, Spence 4, Thomas 3, Karrick 3, Wells 2, Orozco-Bernal 2, Angulo 2, Hurley 2, Parker 0, Conrad 0, Robustelli 0, Sherbourne 0. Totals: 16 8-11 42.
JESUIT (69): Williams 24, Bieker 12, Sheaffer 9, Levis 7, Bunn 4, Rice 4, Froude 3, Corbitt 2, Kollas 2, Wiltjer 2, Ray 0. Totals: 25 11-16 69.
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3-point goals — North Medford 2 (Thomas 1, Karrick 1), Jesuit 8 (Williams 6, Levis 1, Sheaffer 1).