The H-DNL had a good day at a variety of tournaments on Saturday, with six of the eight boys basketball teams in action winning their games.
At the Logger Classic, host Eureka rallied in the second half to take the championship with a 55-47 win over Shasta, while Fortuna and McKinleyville also closed out the three-day tourney with a victory.
At the Hidden Valley tournament, the Del Norte Warriors beat the host school 55-40 for their fifth straight win, while Arcata ended a three-game losing skid with a 74-44 win over Los Molinos at the Red Bluff Holiday Classic.
Ferndale also was victorious at the Stokes Tournament in Kelseyville, while Hoopa and St. Bernard’s each dropped their final games at the Logger Classic.
For more on the Loggers’ big win, see Fast-improving Eureka boys win Logger Classic …
Fortuna 58, St. Bernard’s 56
Fernando Atilano scored a game-high 27 points to lead the Huskies past the Crusaders in an exciting game at the Logger Classic.
Jaden Kelley added 10 points and Bo Cox nine, all on 3-pointers, as the Huskies improved to 5-4 and closed out tournament play with two wins in three games.
Chaz Schlesiger also had a big game with eight points, while Branson Gans added seven points and was named all-tournament after a big week.
Senior Lane Thrap led St. Bernard’s with 17 points and was also named all-tournament, while freshman Owen Shanahan continued his impressive early season with 15 points for the Crusaders, who came out a lot more fired up than in the previous night’s loss to Eureka.
Shanahan nailed three 3-pointers.
Remy Campbell also had a big game, finishing with 14 points, while teammate Evan Hodges had eight points and Hunter Davis six.
All in all, it was a productive week for the 3-3 Crusaders, who have only had three practices with their full roster after the school’s historic state championship run in football.
McKinleyville 57, Sutter 42
The Panthers are beginning to find some momentum, closing out the Logger Classic with a second straight win.
Thomas Locatelli again was instrumental for the McKinleyville boys finishing with a team-high 15 points and earning all-tournament honors.
Michael Boatright added 12 points in the win, while teammate Cameron Saso capped a big couple of days with 11 points.
T-Ryan Stumpf had nine points and Freddie Sundberg six, as Mack outscored Sutter in all four quarters.
Hoopa 59, Brookings-Harbor 79
The Warriors dropped their third straight game at the Logger Classic, falling to Brookings on the final day of tournament play.
Joseph McGinnis led the Warriors with 18 points, while teammate John Smith finished with 14 points and Carlos Aguilar 12.
Brookings outscored the Warriors 23-11 in the opening quarter to take control of the game and led by 19 at halftime.
The Hoopa boys rallied in the third to outscore the Bruins 23-16, but it was close as they would come.
Tristin Campbell also had six points in the loss.
Smith was named all-tournament for Hoopa.
Arcata 74, Los Molinos 44
The Tigers came away from the Red Bluff Holiday Classic with a comfortable victory over the Bulldogs on Saturday.
Garrett Hall led a balanced team performance with 15 points, on five 3-pointers, while Brandon Bento-Jackson finished with 11 points, including three 3s.
With the win the Tigers improve to 6-4.
Zane Clark also had a good game, finishing with nine points, while Jacob Stoker and Aidan Atkins each had eight points and Isaiah Levy seven.
Del Norte 55, Hidden Valley 40
The Warriors won their fifth straight game and improved to 8-1 on the season with a third win in three days at the Hidden Valley tournament.
Omar Banuelos paced the Warriors offensively for the third straight day in tourney play, finishing with 20 points, while teammate Kaleb Price added 11, eight of them in the fourth quarter as the Del Norte boys held their opponents at bay.
The Warriors rallied from a five-point halftime deficit with a dominating second half, particularly on the defensive end where they held the home team to just 17 points.
“We actually played pretty well in the first half, we just could not buy a basket,” head coach Marc Slayton said. “In the second half we took control of the game.”
Anthony Slayton added seven points for the 9-1 Warriors, while Kobe Mitchell finished with six points.
The performance was an improvement on Friday’s game against Klamath Union, when the Warriors came out flat before stepping up in the second half.
“We came out today and played hard and did a good job at both ends of the court,” the head coach said, before adding that “we still have a ways to go.”
Next up, the Warriors will play at the Fort Bragg tournament, which tips off the day after Christmas.
Ferndale goes 2-1 at Kelseyville
The Wildcats closed out the three-day Stokes Tournament with a 57-44 win over Upper Lake to close out tournament play 2-1.
Emmitt Albee led the way offensively for Ferndale with 17 points.
On Thursday, the Cats opened with a 63-44 loss to Ukiah, before getting the better of Technology on Friday by a score of 62-23.