South Fork boys top improving Hoopa to set up Little 4 decider

Photos by Mindi Contreras – South Fork’s Crue Contreras looks to set up a play during Saturday’s game.

There won’t be an official league title handed out in Little 4 boys basketball this year, but that’s not stopping the South Fork Cubs from playing there will be.

On Saturday, the Cubs won for the second time in two outings against Little 4 opponents this season, beating Hoopa 66-46.

The win sets up an intriguing showdown at home to St. Bernard’s on Tuesday night, with the Crusaders now 1-0 against Little 4 teams and likely to get the better of a young Hoopa team when they meet later in the week.

All nine South Fork players scored in the win, with Graham McConnell scoring a team-high 15 points and Alex Harding adding 12.

“We had a very balanced offense today,” head coach Chris Contreras said. “Our defense is still the focus, but glad we finally started to link the offense together.”

Zech Wilks also had a big day, finishing with 10 points, including eight in the fourth quarter, while Ryder York chipped in eight points, Oliver Tatton six and Crue Conterras five.

The in-form Talon Borden continued to impress for a young Hoopa team, which was younger still for the day without its only two seniors — Larry Tracy and Daniel Minton — who were both missing for personal reasons.

Photos by Mindi Contreras

Borden finished with a game-high 19 points, while Brendan Baldy and Jonathan Martinez each had six points and Lane Campbell five.

Despite the loss, and the absence of a couple of key players, the winless Warriors showed plenty of improvement.

“We played a much-improved game,” head coach Augie Valdez said. “We ran our stuff a little better and it seems like we’re getting better every game.”

Borden was particularly impressive.

“He’s really coming along strong,” Valdez said. “He’s really put his nose to the grindstone and he’s working hard and emerging as a very good basketball player.”

The Cubs are now 2-3 overall, while Hoopa is 0-5.

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