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Oregon City erased a five-point halftime deficit and was the only road team to win in the first round of the 6A boys basketball playoffs

Oregon City's Jake Gettel scored a game-high 23 points and Andre Best finished with 18 to help lead the No. 18-seeded Pioneers to a come-from-behind win over No. 15 North Medford in Wednesday's opening round of the OSAA 6A boys basketball playoffs in Medford.

ldjs[flkaAlex Newkirk added nine points for the Pioneers (15-10), who were the only road team to win in Wednesday's opening round, earning a second-round match-up Saturday against No. 2 South Salem (22-3) in Salem.

North Medford opened a 26-21 halftime lead and then Oregon City chipped away, outscoring the Tornado 15-13 in the third quarter to climb with 39-36.

In the fourth quarter, Best drove inside to give Oregon City its first lead of the game at 49-47 with about three minutes to play. Gettel added a basket and Dalton Welch knocked down a pair of free throws that gave the Pioneers a 53-49 lead.

After North Medford's Jett Carpenter missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity with 42 seconds left, Newkirk made a free throw — the Pioneers went 7 for 9 at the foul line in crunch time — to help put the game out of reach.

Carpenter scored 19 points to lead three players in double figures for the Tornado (15-10).

OREGON CITY 10 11 15 21 — 57

NORTH MEDFORD 17 9 13 14 — 53

Oregon City (57) — Jake Gettel 23, Best 18, Newkirk 9, Hanson 3, Welch 2, Warren 2, Payne.

North Medford (53) — Jett Carpenter 19, Ellis 16, Karrick 10, Orozco-Bernal 2, Dyer 4, Neff 2, Stults.


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