Energetic Crusaders top the Loggers in all-Eureka showdown

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Eureka’s Donovan Millender and St. Bernard’s Owen Shanahan in action at Eureka on Saturday night.

It hasn’t been an easy schedule to start the new boys basketball season for St. Bernard’s, but the Crusaders have certainly come to play this year.

On Saturday night, the Little 4 team faced its third Big 5 opponent in just five days, beating the Loggers at Eureka by a score of 69-47.

It was an impressive showing by the Crusaders against their crosstown rivals, and they took control of the game quickly and decisively, leading 38-19 by halftime.

“I liked our energy,” St. Bernard’s head coach Issac Gildea said of his players. “We have kids that really want to play hard.”

So far so good for the 2-1 Crusaders, who have beaten McKinleyville and Eureka in the opening week, while barely losing to Fortuna.

Remy Campbell had a big game in the win, scoring all 16 of his game-high tally in the first half.

Nine different St. Bernard’s players scored, with Drew Vizenor adding 14 and Peyton Smith 12.

Smith also had a big impact on defense.

St. Bernard’s Lito Pabalate

“Peyton Smith really stayed connected to their main shooters and he played smart,” Gildea said. 

Lito Pabalate added nine points in the win and Owen Shanahan seven.

Donovan MIllender scored a team-high 15 points for the Loggers who dropped to 1-2.

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  1. Coach Issac’s teams always play hard at all levels he coaches at!♥️🏀 Great job Gildea.

  2. Thank you Humboldt sports. This article looks like there was a lot more effort in covering our local sports. It’s nice to see someone was actually there with the pictures that were taken! Coverage like this actually gets our kids looked at for scholarships! Thank you

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