MEDFORD, Ore.—The 80th edition of the boys basketball Black vs. Blue rivalry turned lopsided, as North Medford cruised to a 70-47 win over South Medford.
Black Tornado senior guard Kaison Faust led all scorers with 29 points, 21 of which were in the first half.
“I think just beating our crosstown rivals, anytime we beat our crosstown rivals, it's always a big win,” Faust said. “It's one big game after another, hopefully it turns into a nice award for me at the end for Player of the Year."
To the Panthers credit, they stuck around with No. 9 North Medford for much of the first half. Thanks to smooth shooting from Sherman Hunter and energetic play from Trent DeBoer, they led by as many as eight.
But North would quickly impose its will, and junior guard Darrius Wells was the sparkplug. Off the bench, he finished with 12 points and helped the Black Tornado take a double digit lead going into halftime.
Faust, who took over in the second half, was quick to credit Wells for his inspired play.
"Darrius brought the most intensity out of all of us so I think we just fed off him. I fed off him,” he said.
The win makes North Medford 17-2 overall and 6-1 in Southwest Conference play. It’ll be back in action on February 6 against Grants Pass.
South Medford meanwhile falls to 6-12 overall and 2-5 in the SWC. The Panthers get Willamette on the road on Friday.