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.