Josh Pecktol had 13 points and 13 rebounds and fifth-ranked North Medford made its state tournament debut with a 57-54 win against No. 2 Barlow in an OSAA Class 6A boys basketball quarterfinal game at McArthur Court.
Danny Berger added 13 points for the Black Tornado (21-7).
Dustin Jones, nephew of former Oregon and Barlow standout Fred Jones, scored 14 points to lead the Bruins (23-4), who were playing in their first state tournament since 2003. Mat Dulaunay also scored 13 for Barlow.
North Medford led 13-9 after one quarter and then went up 20-11 at the 4:59 mark of the second when Ryan McLemore capped a 7-2 run with a 3-pointer.
Jordan Ellis made it 28-19 for the Black Tornado with a pair of free throws 2:20 before halftime.
But those were the last points of the half for North Medford, as the Bruins finished on a 6-0 run to cut their deficit to 28-25 going into the break.
The Black Tornado went back up 38-30 at the 3:33 mark of the third following back-to-back baskets by Pecktol. But once again, Barlow made a late push to close the gap to 39-36 going into the fourth.
A three-point play by Jones to start the fourth tied the game, 39-39, and then Dulaunay gave the Bruins their first lead since the first quarter with jumper at the 6:34 mark.
Ellis broke a 48-48 tie with a 3-pointer and Berger followed with four straight points to give North Medford a 55-48 advantage with 3:14 to play.
The Bruins cut it to 55-54 and twice had a chance for the tie or take the lead, but Dulaunay missed one of two free throws with 1:33 left, and Drew Johnson missed on a fast-break layup with 54 seconds left.
A steal and layup by North Medford's Tim Budavari-Jasper made 57-54 with under a minute left and the Black Tornado held on from there.
Ore. City 70, S. Medford 40
At Eugene, Brad Tinsley scored 21 points and top-ranked Oregon City made the most of its return to state with a 70-49 victory against defending champion No. 4 South Medford in the quarterfinals of the OSAA Class 6A boys basketball tournament at McArthur Court on Thursday.
Bryce Kinney added 18 points, while Kamal Smith scored 11 and Sammy Schafer recorded 10 points and 16 rebounds for the Pioneers (27-1), who played second-fiddle to Three Rivers League rival Lake Oswego and star Kevin Love the last three seasons.
E.J. Singler recorded 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Panthers (22-5), who won't make the championship game for the third straight season thanks in part to a forgettable game on offense.
South Medford shot just 25 percent from the field, making 17-of-69 attempts from the field. Singler was 4-for-19, while Michael Harthun, the Southwest Conference player of the year, was 3-for-16 for eight points.
North Medford boys upset No. 2 Barlow in 6A quarterfinals