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Scots pull off surprise to start playoffs

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - David Douglas teammates Charles Jones and Elijah Bryant had reason to share a smile after pulling off an upset in the first round of the 6A playoffs Wednesday.

First-round playoff

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David Douglas
#9 North Medford

It was burgers, fries and jubilation on the bus ride home for a David Douglas squad that pulled off a 52-47 road win against No. 9-ranked North Medford to begin the 6A boys basketball playoffs Wednesday.

The Scots grabbed some take out from In-and-Out Burger before leaving Medford and most of the team was asleep by the time the bus rolled into the David Douglas parking lot at 2 a.m.

“The kids are pretty resilient and they enjoy getting out and doing something different,” said Scots’ coach Chad Reeves, who was back in his classroom teaching the next morning.

The coaching staff keyed in on a stellar showdown heading into the game matching its best Charles Jones against North Medford’s Brian Shireman, who was voted Player of the Year in the Southwest Conference.

Jones didn’t just slow down Shireman, he stopped him cold.

The Black Tornado’s No. 1 option didn’t muster a point, suffering through an 0-for-10 shooting night with Jones in his hip pocket.

The teams were deadlocked 36-36 heading into the fourth.

That’s when Jones took command of the game, scoring the Scots’ next 11 points with repeated trips through the lane.

The Black Tornado trimmed it to a one-possession game with less than a minute to play, but missed its final three shots to end their comeback bid.

David Douglas (13-12) plays at No. 8-seed Jesuit (17-8), the Metro’s third-place team, in the second round at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Scots are one of four Mount Hood Conference teams to advance, along with Oregon City, Clackamas and Central Catholic.

Look for expanded coverage in our Friday, March 4, print edition.