Three local boys basketball teams have advanced to tournament championship games after some big performances on Friday night.
St. Bernard’s beat Kelseyville in the Lake County Tournament semifinals and will play Upper Lake in Saturday’s decider, while the Arcata Tigers won another close one at the McKinleyville tournament to move into the championship game.
The Fortuna Huskies also won their semifinal at the St. Helena tournament, while the South Fork Cubs won their opener at the Point Arena tournament and will play in a semifinal on Saturday morning.
St. Bernard’s 71, Kelseyville 57
The Crusaders improved to 2-0 and advanced to the championship game at the Lake County Tournament with a comfortable win over Kelseyville.
St. Bernard’s outscored Kelseyville in each of the first three quarters to open up a 20-point lead going into the fourth quarter.
“We were just a little bit better athletically than they were,” said St. Bernard’s head coach Issac Gildea, who added, however, that his team didn’t play their best.
Owen Shanahan had another big outing for the Crusaders and finished with 24 points, while Drew Vizenor added 15,
Seth Dyer also continued his impressive start to the new season with 12 points, while Aidan Dorsch chipped in 10.
The Crusaders will play for the championship on Saturday at 3 p.m.
McKinleyville 84, Gold Beach 64
San Lorenzo 76, McKinleyville 73
Cody Whitmer scored a game-high 36 points, including a remarkable 10 3-pointers as the Panthers opened play at their own tournament with an impressive showing against Gold Beach on Friday.
Later in the day, the Panthers fell 76-73 to San Lorenzo in a close-fought game.
Jordan Brown added 11 points in the early win, while teammate Owen Hamm chipped in eight.
The red-hot Whitmer capped a big day with 19 points in the night game, while Jack Clancy added 14 points and Hamm 13.
The Panthers are now 2-1 on the season and will continue tournament play on Saturday.
Golden Valley 74, Eureka 68
Donovan Millender hit a half-court buzzer beater to send Eureka’s game with Golden Valley into overtime at the NorCal Tip-Off Tournament in Rocklin on Friday, but the Loggers would go on to lose by six points.
Caden Vance and Hans Chalmers each scored a team-high 21 points in the loss, while teammate Makai Boults added 10 and Millender seven.
The Loggers, who had 22 turnovers, dropped to 0-3 in tournament play and are now 1-4 on the season.
They close out a tough four-day tournament against Sierra Collegiate Academy at noon on Saturday.
South Fork 63, Point Arena 24
The Cubs tipped off the Jolly Roger Classic with a comfortable win over the host school on Friday night.
Ryder York had a breakout game for South Fork and scored a game-high 19 points, while Oliver Tatton continued to impress with 10 points and four assists.
“We played with a lot of discipline and executed our game plan,” head coach Taylor Morrow said.
Tanner Curran also continued to impress early in the season for the 2-1 Cubs, scoring 13 points and nailing 3 of 4 attempts from 3-point range.
The Cubs continue tournament play against Laytonville on Saturday morning and can advance to the championship game with a win.
Fortuna 69, Roseland Prep 43
The Huskies advanced to the St. Helena tournament championship game with a big win over Roseland Prep on Friday.
Alfonso Medina scored a team-high 14 points in the win, as Fortuna got a balanced performance offensively with several players contributing.
Coltyn Corning added 12 points and Jordin Bourne scored 10 as the Huskies improved to 3-0 on the season and 2-0 in tourney play.
Fortuna’s RJ Rexford also continued to impress in the win with eight points while Will May added seven.
The Huskies will play Healdsburg for the tournament championship on Saturday night.
Cloverdale 81, Ferndale 45
Thomas Ferguson scored 11 points and had a good night passing the ball to lead a balanced performance by the Wildcats in a loss to Cloverdale at the Calistoga tournament on Friday night.
Jack Westfall added eight points and some strong defense, while Kannon Christiansen had a big all-around night with eight points and numerous boards and blocks in the paint.
“He played so tough in the paint against a talented team,” Ferndale head coach Tristen Waters said of Christiansen.
TJ Woods also had a productive night for the 1-1 Wildcats, chipping in eight points.
The Cats will try to rebound from their first loss of the season when they close out tournament play on Saturday.