A much needed run

The North Medford boys basketball team went 1-2 at the Lakeside Tournament in Lakeridge.

Posted: Jan 2, 2020 7:04 PM
Updated: Jan 6, 2020 3:07 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- The North Medford boys basketball team went 1-2 at the Lakeside Tournament in Lakeridge. 

The Tornado fell to 3- 4 on the season. The season felt like it was spiraling in a very negative direction. 

That is when head coach Scott Plankenhorn called a meeting. The North Medford boys wrote pros and cons on a white board. The Tornado took a deep dissection in what needed to change. 

Then, the change happened. The first thing that changed in the Medford Abby's Holiday Tournament, was the tempo. 

"We did a really good job of turning up the pressure on the defensive end a little more. Just to get a little more pace of play. A little more in transition. A little more in the open floor where our guys are a little bit better at thriving and playing. Maybe making an extra pass. Making the defense a little bit harder to chase people around. Then we were able to shoot the ball pretty good." Said Plankenhorn.

North Medford went 3-0 in the Abby's Classic. The most important win was a 68-48 victory over South Medford. North Medford took home the championship trophy, and improved to 6-4. 

Some impressive production came from the North Medford bench. Players like Brennan Stults and Treyson Neff brought great shooting, and great hustle into the game. 

"I think they played great. We have a good bench that allows the starters to get good rest. Then it does not feel like our offense is just gone." said junior Nick Karrick.

The hardest hustle may have come from Bryce Dyer. Dyer was a part of a 3rd quarter that propelled North Medford away from South Medford. Dyer looks back at the meeting, and gives it credit for the tournament run. 

"I think that was a big session for us, to really know what we need to do to be a great team. Obviously it showed. We won three straight games at the Abby's classic. We are on a roll right now. Conference is going to be tough. If everything goes well, if we keep playing how we are, I think we can win out in conference."

North Medford will have four non-league games coming up. Then, the Tornado enters a tough Southwest Conference. 

Next up, North Medford will be on the road against Tualatin. That game is set to tip-off on Friday, at 7 p.m.

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