North Medford Blows Past Cleveland en Route to Round of 16

Kaison Faust led the way again, scoring 27 for North Medford as the Black Tornado advanced to the Round of 16 for the second straight season.

Posted: Feb. 28, 2018 9:41 PM
Updated: Feb. 28, 2018 11:50 PM

MEDFORD -- Kaison Faust led North Medford with heart, hustle, and muscle Wednesday night, totaling 27 points in a 70-49 first-round playoff win over Cleveland. 

Early in the fourth quarter, Faust stole the ball and threw down a dunk, but came down awkwardly on his leg. He clutched his knee and writhed in pain, rendering the North Medford crowd silent. After a couple minutes, he was able to walk off with the help of teammates. Amazingly, he returned to the game several minutes later. 

After re-entering the game, he knocked down all four free throws he attempted and left the game late in the fourth to a standing ovation and thunderous "M-V-P" chants from the crowd. 

Next up for the Black Tornado is Jesuit, who they will travel to play. That game is Saturday at 5:30 p.m. between the No. 8 and 9 teams in the state. If North Medford were to top Jesuit, they would play the winner of (16) Grants Pass and (1) Jefferson (Portland) in the state quarterfinals.

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