Basketball

Wildcats fall to top seeds to end memorable season

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A memorable season for the Ferndale Wildcats came to an end on Saturday night, as they bowed out of the NorCal tournament in boys basketball.

The Cats fell 55-32 at top-seeded Weed in the Division-VI bracket.

The loss ends the season just two wins shy of a NorCal championship, a remarkable achievement for the team.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the boys,” head coach Dan Albee said. “We had a really nice run down the stretch.”

After finishing third in the Little 4, the Ferndale boys stepped up in the playoffs, winning the North Coast Section Division-VI championship last weekend and beating the top two seeds in the bracket on the road on the way to doing so.

On Thursday they opened the NorCal Division-VI tournament with an impressive 67-65 win over Stockton Christian to reach the final four in Northern California.

On Saturday, however, the size and athleticism of the Cougars proved too much to handle.

“We had a hard time getting around them in the paint, and they guarded us very well in the perimeter,” Albee said of the Cougars.

Emmitt Albee and Javier Lopez each scored seven points to lead a low-scoring performance for Ferndale.

Dan Albee was more than happy with the way his team came together this year.

“They really played as a team,” he said. “They really worked hard and they worked really well together as a team.”

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