BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP — Huskies pull away from the Cats in the second half

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Action from Thursday’s game between Fortuna and Ferndale.

The Ferndale Wildcats matched the Huskies basket for basket early in Thursday’s Logger Classic opener, but the Fortuna boys began to take control before halftime and would run out to a comfortable 81-46 victory.

The Huskies, who improved to 5-4, began the third quarter on a 16-0 run and outscored Ferndale 26-9 for the period to open up a 66-42 lead.

“We had one of the best first halves we have had all year,” Ferndale head coach Tristen Waters said. “(In the second half) we came out so flat and Fortuna brought such great energy and effort on both ends of the floor.”

The consistent Alfonso Medina impressed again for the Huskies, finishing with a game-high 24 points, while teammate Will May added 16 points and RJ Rexford finished with 10.

Kannon Christiansen scored 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds for the Cats, while teammate Jack Westfall had 12 points and five rebounds.

“We have all the tools, but have got to finish games, play a complete four quarters,” said Waters, whose young team dropped to 3-5 on the season.

Both teams will continue tourney play on Friday.

The Cats play Shasta at 6 p.m. and Fortuna plays Shasta at 9 p.m.

Del Norte 55, West Valley 47

The Warriors tipped off the Anderson tournament with an eight-point win over West Valley on Thursday.

Senior Edwin Zepeda scored a team-high 22 points in the win, as Del Norte improved to 5-1

The Warriors will continue tourney play against Durham out of Chico on Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday’s scheduled game against North Medford was postponed because of the weather and will now be played next Thursday night.

McKinleyville 61, Eureka 58

The Panthers had to battle back to beat Eureka at the Logger Classic on Thursday night.

Owen Hamm scored a team-high 20 points as McKinleyville rallied from a 12-point deficit to secure the win, which was their second over Eureka this season.

Teammate Cody Whitmer finished with 19 points, while Logan Maher played a pivotal role in the comeback, energizing his team in the second half.

With the win, the Panthers improved to 4-3, while Eureka dropped to 2-8.

Hans Chalmers scored a game-high 26 points for Eureka. No other Eureka scoring details were immediately available.

The Mack boys continue tournament action on Friday, when they take on Brookings-Harbor at 4:30 p.m., while the Loggers play Brookings-Harbor at 7:30 p.m.

Arcata 67, Red Bluff 47

The Tigers played Red Bluff for the second time this season at the Red Bluff tournament on Friday night, and they had a tougher matchup this time around before pulling away late for the win.

Playing a late game after a long road trip, the Tigers took time to get going but gradually began to pull away as the game progressed, although the performance was far from the team’s best this season and they had problems getting their shots to fall.

“Our depth and athleticism just wore them down,” Arcata head coach Kellen Maynard said. “The fourth quarter was all about defense for us.”

Kai Purcell and Alex Jioras each scored 14 points to lead the way for Arcata, which improved to 8-0 on the season.

Brandon Bento-Jackson added 13 points in the win and teammate Sam Trewartha chipped in 12 points.

Josiah Gomez also continued his impressive start to the season for Arcata and did a good job attacking the basket and keeping pressure on the Red Bluff defense, all of which created opportunities for his teammates.

The Tigers will continue tourney play against University Prep on Friday night at 5 p.m.

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