HILLSBORO - With future Duke University star Kyle Singler in second-half foul trouble, Michael Harthun became the go-to guy for South Medford Friday night, scoring 24 points to lead the No. 2 Panthers to a 71-63 victory over No. 1 Lake Oswego in the semifinals of the Les Schwab Invitational.
With four minutes left in the third quarter, Singler was called for a charging foul, his fourth personal of the game, with South Medford ahead 39-35. With Singer on the bench, Lake Oswego's UCLA-bound Kevin Love had all 11 of the Lakers' points over the next six minutes. But Lake Oswego still trailed 51-46 at that stage.
Key for South Medford was the play of Harthun, a 6-foot-3 junior. He had a rebound basket and a three-pointer shortly after Singler left the game. Harthun then had two three-pointers and a driving lay-up during a short span midway through the fourth quarter to put South Medford ahead 59-52.
The Lakers closed their deficit to 63-60 when Ernie Spada hit a three-pointer with 1:04 left. That was as close as Lake Oswego would get as the Panthers hit six of six free throws down the stretch.
Spada finished with 21 points, including six three-pointers. He had 11 points in the second quarter, which helped turn an early 11-point deficit into a 25-22 lead for the Lakers. Love, who was in foul trouble in the first half, finished with a game-high 27 points on 11 of 23 shooting and had nine rebounds but no assists and only one blocked shot.
Singler, who missed seven minutes of the second half with foul trouble, finished with 16 points and four rebounds.
South Medford shot 52 percent for the game, or 25 of 48, and were nine of 16 from the free throw line. Lake Oswego shot only 42 percent from the field, or 24 of 57.