BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP — Three H-DNL teams crowned tourney champs

Ray Hamill/ – The Tigers react during their championship game against San Lorenzo at the McKinleyville tournament on Saturday.

The Crusaders won their third game in as many days to clinch the Lake County Tournament on Saturday, defeating Upper Lake 68-51 in the championship game.

Owen Shanahan was named tourney MVP after an impressive three days, while teammate Drew Vizenor was named to the all-tournament team.

Seth Dyer scored a team-high 17 points in Saturday’s win, while Vizenor added 15 points and Aidan Dorsch 12.

Shanahan capped an impessive three days with 11 points.

With the win, the Crusaders improved to 3-0 on the season.

They were one of three local boys teams to win a tournament championship over the weekend, joining Arcata and South Fork.

For more on Arcata’s big win, see Tigers roll over San Lorenzo in Mack tourney championship …

South Fork 54, Laytonville 39

South Fork 47, Laytonville 34

The South Fork boys defeated Laytonville twice on Saturday to win the championship at the double-elimination Jolly Roger Classic at Point Arena.

Oliver Tatton continued to impress early in the season and was named tourney MVP after scoring 26 points in Saturday’s two games, including nailing three straight 3s to open the fourth quarter of the early game.

In game one, Tommy Rottbergs scored a team-high 12 points off the bench and Ryder York had eight points and six rebounds.

In game two, Rottbergs added 10 points and York six, and both players were named to the all-tournament team.

The Cubs, who are now 4-1, will play Hayfork on Monday.

Healdsburg 65, Fortuna 41

Alfonso Medina and RJ Rexford were both named to the all-tournament team as the Huskies fell to Healdsburg in the championship game on Saturday night.

Medina capped an impressive three days at the tournament with 12 points in the decider, while Rexford added 10 points.

Healdsburg’s 6-foot-8 Graham McDonald caused problems throughout for Fortuna and led all scorers with 30 points.

Russell Pascascio chipped in six points for Fortuna.

The Huskies, who are now 3-1, will host Brookings-Harbor on Tuesday night.

Del Norte 55, Yreka 39

Crater 49, Del Norte 37

Del Norte 60, Brookings Harbor 38

Defense was key for the Del Norte Warriors over the weekend as they won two of three games to place third at the Yreka tournament.

Del Norte opened with a comfortable win over Yreka before losing to a quality Crater team and then closing out on Saturday with another comfortable win over Brookings-Harbor in the third-place game.

And strong defense is going to be a big part of this team’s identity and something new head coach Cris Rice and his players will be emphasizing.

“We played outstanding defense,” Rice said. “Our defense was the best at the tournament.”

Junior point guard Wyatt Robson played a big part in that, helping to set the tone with three solid performances on the defensive end, as well as scoring 14, 13 and 13 in the three games.

Junior Nani Scott also scored 12 against Yreka and 15 against Brookings-Harbor, while senior Edwin Zepeda had a team-high 14 against Crater.

With the Del Norte football team’s long playoff run, the basketball coaches have had only six of their 12 players available before this week and had just three days of practice as a full team before the season-opening tournament.

The Del Norte JVs also finished 2-1 against the same three opponents over the past three days.

Eagle Point 68, McKinleyville 32

After playing two games on Friday, the Panthers were unable to maintain much intensity in their Mack tournament finale on Saturday.

Cody Whitmer capped an impressive couple of days with seven points in the loss, while teammate Owen Hamm scored a team-best nine.

Whitmer, who scored 36 points in Friday’s tourney opener, including 10 3-pointers, was named to the all-tournament team along with Hamm.

“Cody was shooting really well,” head coach Cindy Semore Clancy said. “And he can do that on a regular basis. We’ve got to make sure we get him the ball when he’s open.”

Sophomore Jordan Brown also had a big opening few games at the tournament.

“He really played some great defense for us,” the head coach said. “He brings his intensity every game.”

The Panthers finished the tournament 1-2.

Western Sierra Collegiate Academy 60, Eureka 50

The Loggers closed out the NorCal Tip-Off Tournament in Rocklin with a 10-point loss on Saturday.

Hans Chalmers scored a team-high 15 points for Eureka, while teammate Makai Boults added 13.

The loss was the fourth in four days in tourney play for the Loggers, who dropped to 1-5 on the season.

Caden Vance added nine points.

Next weekend, Eureka will play at the Arcata tournament.

Eagle Point 79, Hoopa 36

Gold Beach 77, Hoopa 44

Brendan Baldy remains a bright spot for the Warriors despite the team’s early struggles in terms of wins and losses.

The junior center scored 11 points in Friday’s loss to Eagle Point at the McKinleyville tournament and added 14 against Gold Beach on Saturday morning.

“Brendan stood out this weekend,” head coach Roman Hutt said. “He really carried us in games where we were struggling.”

The Warriors closed out tournament play 0-3 but the first-year head coach believes his players will benefit from playing the bigger schools and good competition early in the season.

“I thought it was a great tournament,” Hutt added. “The talent was good and playing against that talent is only going to get them better for the year.”

Brian Gulley also continues to impress for the Warriors, who will play at the Hayfork tournament next weekend.

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