Eureka boys top McKinleyville for first Big 5 win

The Eureka Loggers posted their first Big 5 win in boys basketball at McKinleyville on Friday night, getting the better of a young Panthers team by a score of 87-59.

The Loggers came out firing and put up 30 points in the opening quarter on the way to opening up a 50-29 lead at halftime.

Five Eureka players scored in double digits, led by Jaeden Thayer, who finished with 18 points.

“It was definitely a team effort,” Eureka head coach Robbie Thompson said.

Gary Jimenez had one of his most productive nights of the season offensively with 15 points in what Thompson described as a “breakout game,” while CJ Chaidez chipped in 12 points and Trevor Bell and Jackson Giacone 10 each.

With the win, the Eureka boys are now 1-3 in the Big 5 and 12-7 overall.

Josiah Graham and Grant Barerra rounded out a balanced team performance with six points apiece, while Keenan Morris did a good job distributing the ball.

“I thought we played pretty well and did some good things, but there are still some things that we need to correct,” Thompson added.

Michael Boatright had a big night with a game-high 23 points for McKinleyville, which dropped to 0-3 in the Big 5 and 5-12 overall.

Charlie Campbell added nine points, Jack Clancy seven and Brayden Craven five.

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