North Medford knocked out of title contention in 6A tourney


Michael James scored 22 and Paul McCoy added 19 points and No. 8 Grant beat No. 5 North Medford, 71-59, in the semifinals of the OSAA Class 6A boys basketball tournament at McArthur Court on Friday.

Michael Moser also recorded 13 points and nine rebounds for the Generals (21-6), who made 24-of-28 free throws in the game, including 8-of-9 in the final three minutes after the Black Tornado (21-8) had pulled within two points.

Josh Pecktol scored 17 for North Medford, which was playing in its first semifinal game in school history. Jordan Ellis added 15 points for the Black Tornado, while Danny Berger scored 12.

Grant never trailed in the game, and led 15-9 after the first quarter and 31-21 by halftime.

The Black Tornado came to catching the Generals early in the second quarter when North Medford went on a 6-0 run to make it 17-15 5:27 before the break.

But Moser grabbed his own miss and dunked home the rebound to ignite the Generals, who made eight free throws and got a pair of layups from Kenneth Acker to take a double-digit lead into halftime.

Grant lead by 14 points on three occasions in the third quarter before North Medford went on a 6-2 to get back to within 10 points, 48-38, going into the fourth.

A three-point play by Ellis and two free throws from Ryan McLemore again trimmed the Generals advantage to 48-43 early in the fourth, and Pecktol later scored six points during a 12-4 run to pull the Black Tornado within a basket, 57-55 with 3:09 to play.

That was as close as they would get, however, as Grant scored on six of its next seven possessions to fend off the Black Tornado.

Class 5A Boys

At Eugene, Terrance Jones scored 20 points to lead No. 2 Jefferson into the state title game with a 66-44 win against Sherwood in the Class 5A boys basketball tournament at McArthur Court on Friday.

Tyrone White and Kalonji Paschal also 12 points each for the Democrats (24-1), who shot 56 percent from the field and recorded 18 steals. Jefferson will face No. — Corvallis in the championship game Saturday night.

The Democrats lost in the quarterfinals to the Spartans last season.

Connor Rumpf scored 15 points to lead the Bowman (17-11), the only unranked team to make the tournament.

Nine of Sherwood's 13 field goals were three pointers, though the Bowman were plagued by 25 turnovers.

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