Basketball

Huskies continue to roll, cruise past the Loggers

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File photo – Drew Gillette led the Huskies in scoring on Saturday night.

The Huskies showed no signs of letting up with another big win on Saturday night, comfortably defeating Eureka at Fortuna High by a score of 71-31.

The Huskies, who improved to 2-0 in the Big 5 and 16-1 overall, took control of the game early and never let up, with a big performance from the entire roster.

“I thought we played good. It was a real balanced effort,” Fortuna head coach Tony Miles said. “Everybody got to play, we got some good minutes. It was a good team effort tonight.”

The home team started quickly, and led by 11 points after the opening quarter before stretching the advantage to 26 by halftime.

They outscored the Loggers in each of the first three quarters and led by 41 heading into the fourth quarter.

The ever-reliable Drew Gillette led the Huskies in scoring with 17 points, while teammate Bradley Willis finished with 16 points.

Donald Willis also had another big game with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Zac Claus had 11 points.

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File photo – The Huskies have been getting big performances from their bench players this season.

Afterwards, Eureka head coach Robbie Thompson paid tribute to the impressive Huskies.

“They’re a special group,” he said.

Zach Reed led the Loggers with 10 points, while teammate Cahliel Garner finished with seven points.

Eureka fell to 0-2 in the Big 5 and 2-10 overall.

“We didn’t play that well,” Thompson said, adding, however, that he was impressed with his players’ response late in the game.

“We kept fighting,” he said, paying particular credit to Reed and point guard Trevor Bell. “Trevor Bell played real hard. We were just outmatched.”

Good team chemistry

The Huskies, meanwhile, continue to roll and continue to be the most cohesive unit in the league, with all five starters back from last season.

“They’re very unselfish,” Miles said of his squad. “And there’s very good leadership on this team, and they just want everybody to score.”

Joseph Mcginnis had a big game off the bench for Fortuna, as did Branson Gans.

“Joseph Mcginnis came out with a lot of confidence tonight,” the head coach said. “And Branson Gans really hustled. He really held his own defensively.”

Both teams will play non-conference games next, with Eureka hosting Hoopa Valley on Monday, and Fortuna hosting St. Bernard’s on Tuesday.

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