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PREP BASKETBALL: Sleezer and Malcolm propel south to SOC final – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News


Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford’s Junior Sleezer heads for the hoop against Crater on Wednesday night.

A little slow to start, that all changed in a hurry for the South Medford boys’ basketball team on Wednesday night in the Southern Oregon Conference tournament semifinals.

Crater took an 8-2 lead before the Panthers returned, using a 30-9 first-half run to open the game en route to a 69-49 victory at South Medford High.

“I think we came out and were pretty loose with the ball to start,” Panthers head coach James Wightman said. “We just told the guys if you stay patient we can have some open looks and then we started heading for the basket and all of a sudden we have 15 points at halftime.”

South Medford junior guard Junior Sleezer was the key to that push, knocking down his four of his 3 points and totaling 17 of his 19 points in the first half.

The Panthers (13-1) also got a big effort from junior Devon Malcolm, who recorded a handful of dunks to score 20 points, eight rebounds and three steals.

“Junior really pulled them out of their zone,” Wightman said, “and Devon Malcom was huge. Around the rim he finishes just so well.

Crater (8-5) trailed up to 31 points in the fourth quarter before reversing seven 3-pointers in the final quarter – five courtesy of senior Hunter Chubb – to reduce the deficit.

The Comets had 12 3 points and Chubb led the way with 25 points and seven marks from beyond the arc.

Sleezer also finished with four assists, while freshman Jackson Weiland had six points and four steals and the Panthers had seven points apiece from Isaiah McNaught and Jeremy Gaut.

Colton Vranes and Tate Broesder each scored eight points for the Comets.

Wednesday’s victory sets up a third clash in this season’s crosstown rivalry between South Medford and North Medford, this time for the SOC tournament title. The regular-season co-champions have split their two games this spring, with each game spanning at least one overtime.

Friday’s championship game will be held at North Medford, which passed Roseburg in Wednesday’s other semi-final. The Black Tornado (14-1) won a cumulative point tiebreaker against the Panthers.

“It will be fun,” Wightman said of the game. “I think our boys are looking forward to it as much as they probably are, especially for the seniors.”

Crater will host Roseburg at 12:30 a.m. in the third place final.

CRATER (49): Smith 0, Vranes 8, Acrey 0, Chubb 25, K. Price 0, Turner 0, L. Price 2, Eaton 4, Grant 2, Broesder 8, Rucker 0. Totals: 16 5-6 49.

SOUTH MEDFORD (69): Weiland 6, Sleezer 19, McNaught 7, Gaut 7, Adee 0, Adams 2, Bloodsaw 4, Pannell 4, Malcolm 20. Totals: 29 6-6 69.

Crater891121— 49

South Medford12202215—69

3 Point Goals – Crater 12 (Vranes 2, Chubb 7, Eaton 1, Broeser 2), South Medford 5 (Sleezer 4, Gaut 1).

NORTH MEDFORD 69, ROSEBURG 45: North Medford junior guard Trey Neff was on fire from the start with 11 points in a 21-8 first quarter for the Black Tornado in the semi-finals of the SOC tournament.

North Medford will host South Medford at 7 p.m. Friday in the Championship game.

Neff totaled 19 of his game-high 27 points at halftime for North Medford (14-1) and also finished with six rebounds to share the team’s top honors with Bryce Dyer and Nick Karrick . Neff got 7 for 11 from the field and 8 for 8 on the free throw line.

Austin McLean provided a spark off the bench with 11 points, five rebounds and two steals for North, while Dyer added six points and four assists and Karrick had six points and three assists.

Attreyu Pinard scored 14 points to lead Roseburg (5-10).

ROSEBURG (45): Pinard 14, Mendoza 6, J. Parker 0, Williams 0, Marsters 7, Wilder 2, Stedman 1, M. Parker 5, Martin 6, Persyns 0, Black 2, Vredenburg 2. Totals: 15 11- 19 45.

NORTH MEDFORD (69): McLean 11, Ty. Neff 5, Tr. Neff 27, Plankenhorn 0, Orozco 0, Karrick 6, Ellis 3, Miller 6, Dyer 6, Goodrich 2, Dominguez 0, Conrad 3. Totals: 24-57 12-17 69.

Rosebourg817911— 45

North Medford21201117— 69

3 Point Goals – Roseburg 4 (Pinard 1, Marsters 2, M. Parker 1), North Medford 9-25 (McLean 2, Ty. Neff 1, Tr. Neff 5, Conrad 1). Technical foul – Ellis, coach of Roseburg Humphreys 2.

GRANTS PASS 41, EAGLE POINT 34: At Grants Pass, Brandin Ziegler scored 20 points to lead Grants Pass in the fourth place game of the SOC tournament.

The Cavemen (3-10) qualified to face Ashland at Ashland on Friday.

Ziegler missed the second quarter but was consistent on the attacking side, scoring eight points in the third and six each in the first and fourth.

No quarter has been decided by more than four points between the two teams.

Nathan Greenberg added seven points and Miles Anderson scored six for Grants Pass.

Eagle Point finished the season with a 1-15 record.

The Eagles got nine points from Brennen Neyt, eight from Alex Smith and six from Jose Valdovinos.

EAGLE POINT (34): Smith 8, Valdovinos 6, Dutton 0, Amidei 0, Neyt 9, Quintero 5, Carlton 4, Esquibel 2, Uribe 0. Totals: 13 3-3 34.

GRANT PASS (41): Anderson 6, Alderson 0, Bennett 0, Polen 2, Robertson 3, Greenberg 7, Brandes 3, Ziegler 20. Totals: 16 8-15 41.

Pointe Aigle 8899— 34

Pass Grants1211108— 41

3 Point Goals – Eagle Point 5 (Smith 1, Valdovinos 2, Neyt 1, Quintero 1), Grants Pass 1 (Anderson 1).

DOUGLAS 51, PHOENIX 43: At Talent, Douglas passed Phoenix in the third quarter to take command of Talent Middle School.

Douglas (5-4) dominated the Pirates (2-9) 16-8 in the third.

Phoenix was punctuated by Julius Bolstad with 18 points. Tristan Loy, Dylan Harper and Jackson Selden each added six points.

DOUGLAS (51): Wilson 2, Anderson 0, Willard 0, Fay 5, Dunston 8, Metianu17, Page 9, Nielsen 10, Rincon 0, McWhorter 0. Totals: 20 5-8 51.

PHOENIX (43): Talbott 0, Selden 6, Trenbeath 0, Stubbs 2, Valadez 1, Osario 4, Harper 6, Loy 6, Bolstad 18. Totals: 16 11-18 43.

Douglas6141615— 51

Phoenix412819— 43

3 point goals – Douglas 4 (Fay 1, Metianu 1, Page 1, Nielsen 1).

PROSPECT 41, VALLEY OF CAMAS 35: In Prospect, sophomore Boden Perkins had 16 points and 10 steals as Prospect claimed his first win of the season.

The Cougars (1-10) were tied 14-14 at halftime with Camas Valley (2-8) and fell 20-15 behind before their press – especially Perkins – caused a 20-up increase. -4.

Prospect made 11 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter and Perkins made 8 of 10.

Andrew Hammer recorded 13 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and four assists for Prospect.


SOUTH MEDFORD 59, WEST LINN 47: In Portland, South Medford used defensive pressure to kick off the offense and made up for an 11-point first-quarter deficit to win the semifinal of the culminating week’s state tournament from the Maroon Bracket to Grant. High.

Senior Toni Coleman started the Panthers (12-0) with 20 points, five rebounds and two steals, while sophomore Donovyn Hunter added 13 points, four rebounds and three assists and senior Kaili Chamberlin tallied. 12 points and five rebounds.

Sierra Logue added six blocks, six rebounds, four points, three steals and two assists for South.

South Medford will face Sheldon (14-1), also of the Southwest Conference, in Thursday’s championship game at 5 p.m. The Irish beat Tualatin 43-37 in the other semi.

West Linn (11-4) led 12-0 before Coleman broke the drought with a free throw and saw senior star Aaronette Vonleh total 18 points after scoring 37 in the teams’ last meeting on June 4. South won that game 81-69 after using a similar push in the second half to move away as he used on Wednesday.

LINN WEST (47): I. McVicker 0, Fulcher 5, Molden 0, O. McVicker 4, Shelstad 9, Booth 0, Vonleh 18, Sheffield 11. Totals: 14-48 14-20 47.

MEDFORD SOUTH (59): Chamberlin 12, Coleman 20, Hunter 13, Dillard 0, E. Schmerbach 7, Logue 4, Coley 0, Stone 3, Teague-Perry 0. Totals: 20-47 16-23 59.

Linn West 1712810— 47

South Medford6181916— 59

3 Point Goals – West Linn 5 (Fulcher 1, Shelstad 3, Sheffield 1), South Medford 3 (Chamberlin 2, Stone 1). Eliminated – Sheffield.

CRATER 58, NORTH MEDFORD 20: At Central Point, Crater second-year guard Kate Stidham scored 18 points to clear the way for the Comets in the SOC tournament semifinals.

Crater (12-3) was originally scheduled to play at Eagle Point, but the Eagles withdrew. North Medford, who lost to Eagle Point on Monday night, secured a pass in the consolation bracket and stepped up efforts for the Comets to have their senior nighttime festivities.

Crater will host Grants Pass in the SOC title game on Friday, with an 11am notice to avoid high temperatures later today. North Medford will host Roseburg at 5 p.m.

Stidham also recorded four rebounds and three steals, while rookie Abigail Winslow nearly managed a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds. His freshman Chase Weaver also had eight points.

Senior Crater Madison Dutkiewicz had six points and six interceptions.

Ali Stevens and Brooke Richardson each scored five points to lead North Medford (3-13).

NORTH MEDFORD (20): Stevens 5, Gallery 4, Stewart 3, Richardson 5, Hamlin 0, McNamee 0, Chavez 3. Totals: 5 8-15 20.

CRATER (58): Gugliotta 4, Sizemore 2, Amidei 2, Weaver 8, Hirsch 0, Stidham 18, Simmons 0, Winslow 8, Dutkiewicz 6, Richardson 0, Valencia 2, Gonzalez 2, Waters 6. Totals: 22 10-14 58.

North Medford31133— 20

Crater15141910— 58

3 Point Goals – North Medford 2 (Stewart 1, Chavez), Crater 4 (Stidham 2, Dutkiewicz 2).

DOUGLAS DU NORD 53, ADVENTIST OF ROGUE VALLEY 33: At Baker, Rogue Valley Adventist sophomore Emma Bischoff scored 13 points, but the Red Tail Hawks ran out of gas in the second half to allow North Douglas to walk away in a tournament consolation game. class 1A.

Michaela Porter added 10 points, Isabell Zamora had six and Aumlie Quave scored four for Rogue Valley Adventist (9-3), who trailed 21-17 at halftime.

North Douglas star Samantha MacDowell, who had 10 3-pointers on Tuesday, led the charge for the Warriors (9-1).

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford vs Crater on Wednesday night at South Medford.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford’s Junior Sleezer heads for the hoop against Crater on Wednesday night.

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneSouth Medford, Devon Malcolm, enjoys a rebound against Crater on Wednesday night.