BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP — Loggers get back to winning ways

File photo – Hans Chalmers

The Loggers closed out the Arcata tournament on a high and ended a seven-game losing skid with a 50-46 victory over Red Bluff on Saturday.

Hans Chalmers capped an impressive three days at the tournament with a team-high 17 points and was named to the all-tournament team.

“Our energy was high and we played everyone,” head coach Jimmy Rodgers said. “The whole team got a chance to play tonight.”

Caden Vance added 12 points in the win and Jordan Urban finished with seven points, while Jamin Guilbert also had a big impact inside for the second straight day.

“If these guys do what they’re supposed to in practice and in games, they’re going to get more minutes,” Rodgers said. “(Guilbert) was huge for us tonight inside.”

Evan Hodges also gave his team a big lift by taking a charge in the third quarter in a play that Rodgers felt swung the game in their direction.

Ean Savage had a big first half defensively and gave his team “some pretty valuable minutes,” according to the head coach, while Zeke Rubin gave the team a big lift late at a pivotal time of the game.

“Everybody really enjoys having him on the team, and he got us really pumped up in the fourth quarter when he came in,” Rodgers said of Rubin.

With the win, Eureka improved to 2-7.

Next up, the Loggers will play McKinleville to tip off the Logger Classic on Thursday.

Fortuna and Ferndale will also be on hand at the six-team tournament.

McKinleyville 57, Fortuna 48

The McKinleyville boys had to overcome a disappointing first half, but rallied after the interval to top a Big 5 rival for the second straight day at the Arcata tournament on Saturday.

After scoring just 15 points in the opening half, the Mack boys trailed by 11 at halftime, but they outscored the Huskies 25-9 in the third quarter to take control of the game.

The Huskies mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers were able to hold on thanks to some clutch free throws, nailing 9 of 11 in the period.

“I was very disappointed once again in our inability to run our offense for more than 20 seconds,” head coach Cindy Semore Clancy said. “We need to move the defense and take advantage.

“It’s a learning curve and we’re going to keep pushing it.”

Owen Hamm capped a big three days at the tournament with a team-high 14 points and was named to the all-tourney team.

Cody Whitmer added 12 points in the win, while Carson Parker scored 10.

Alfonso Medina scored a game-high 18 points for Fortuna, while Jordin Bourne added 15 points and was also included on the all-tournament team.

“You have to give credit to Fortuna,” Semore Clancy said. “They were patient, they ran their offense and they were able to take advantage of that.”

Post player Charlie Campbell had a big game for the Panthers off the bench, with some key boards and blocks in the second half.

The Huskies are now 4-4 and Mack is 3-3, and next up both teams will play at the Logger Classic, which tips off on Thursday.

Fall River 89, Ferndale 54

Trinity 60, Ferndale 43

Jack Westfall had a big showing at the Trinity tournament this weekend, as the Wildcats lost back-to-back games in the winners bracket on Friday and Saturday.

Westfall led the team in all three games and was named all-tourney after making numerous big plays all weekend.

Submitted photo – The Wildcats at the Trinity tournament on Saturday.

“He was our best player in all three games of the tourney,” head coach Tristen Waters said of the junior who had 14 points and 15 rebounds against Fall River and added 15 points in the third-place game against Trinity. “He literally put the team on his back but couldn’t do it himself against these two solid teams in the winners bracket.”

Paden Prior also had a big weekend, scoring nine points against Fall River on three consecutive 3s and adding seven against Trinity, as well as playing some hard-nosed defense.

Fall River was very impressive shooting the ball.

“They literally shot better than I’ve ever seen any team shoot at any level,” Waters said. “They did not miss. That is one scrappy team.

Teejay Woods added 10 points against Fall River and helped “keep the team in rhythm,” according to his head coach.

“This team battled against adversity all tournament long and they gave all they had every minute,” Waters said.

Ferndale is now 3-4 on the season.

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