By Ray Hamill — The Crusaders are beginning to find their groove on the basketball court.
On Friday night, the St. Bernard’s boys won their fifth straight game and second in league play, comfortably taking care of a good Ferndale team 61-39 in Eureka.
The night’s other scheduled Little 4 game between Hoopa and South Fork was postponed due to travel conditions.
Bode Joyner had a breakout game for St. Bernard’s, scoring a team-high 18 points, as the home team took control of the game with a 12-0 run to start the second half.
“My boys played very well,” St. Bernard’s head coach Steve Thrap said afterwards. “Ferndale definitely brought the best out of us the way they played.
“They played really hard, really well.”
Both teams did, but it was St. Bernard’s who improved to 2-0 in the Little 4 and 10-5 overall, while the Wildcats dropped to 0-2 and 12-7.
Lane Thrap also had a big game in the win, finishing with 14 points.
The Crusaders never really looked in danger of losing this one, opening up an eight-point gap after the opening quarter and stretching the advantage to 12 before halftime.
And after SB opened the third quarter with a big run, there was no way back for Ferndale.
Despite the lopsided score, however, the Cats made the home team fight for every basket.
“I feel it was a closer game than that,” Steve Thrap said.
The Crusaders, however, are playing well as a team right now, and playing with a lot of confidence and chemistry.
“The kids are just so unselfish, it’s a lot of fun to be a part of,” the head coach said.
Remy Campbell added seven points for the Crusaders, while Will Omey and Jake Fairfield each scored five.
No immediate stats were available for the Wildcats, who were playing their fifth game in eight days.
In JV action, the Crusaders also got the better of the Wildcats, winning 65-31.