A busy day of action for the H-DNL saw one local team claim a tournament championship on Saturday and two others place second.
At Eureka, the McKinleyville Panthers got the better of Shasta, 46-37, in the championship game of the Logger Classic.
The win was the fifth straight for the surging Panthers.
The Arcata Tigers also played for a tournament championship at the Red Bluff tournament, but suffered their first loss of the season, falling 75-50 to Pleasant Valley.
The Tigers are now 9-1.
Four other H-DNL boys teams were also in action on Saturday.
The Eureka Loggers defeated Fortuna 59-56 in both teams’ tournament finale at the Logger Classic, while Ferndale lost a close one to Brookings-Harbor, 83-79, also at the Logger Classic.
Del Norte, meanwhile, lost 62-32 to a good Oakmont team in the final of the Anderson tournament.
Shasta 84, Ferndale 45
Brookings-Harbor 83, Ferndale 79
The Wildcats lost a close one at the Logger Classic on Saturday, falling by four points to Brookings-Harbor.
The Bruins broke a late tie on a four-point play with two seconds remaining to seal the win.
“We played our best game of the season,” Ferndale head coach Tristen Waters said. “Our guys finally executed the offensive game plan and it showed.”
No one more so than Jack Westfall, who continued his impressive season with 36 points in the loss and “simply couldn’t be stopped,” according to his coach.
Kannon Christiansen also had a big day, finishing with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while teammate Thomas Ferguson added 14 points and “brought great intensity on defense.”
The Cats also lost on Friday, falling to Shasta.
Christiansen scored 18 points in the loss, while Ferguson, Wes Renner and Paden Prior each scored six points.
“I’m proud of our guys for playing tough all game,” Waters said. “We constantly showed improvement throughout the game.”
The coach also hopes that playing a tough early-season schedule against far larger schools will benefit the 3-7 Wildcats when league play begins next month.
“We are playing big schools five to 10 times our size to start the season,” he said. “So our record doesn’t show how much we’ve improved.”
Oakmont 62, Del Norte 32
The Del Norte boys matched a very good Oakmont team for well over a half of Saturday’s championship game at the Anderson tournament, before their opponents pulled away down the stretch.
Just one point separated the two teams at halftime, but, according to Del Norte head coach Cris Rice, his team just ran out of gas late.
Caleb Dodson scored a team-high 12 points in the loss, while Edwin Zepeda continued to impress and finished with 11 points.
Both players also played very well defensively.
With the loss, the Warriors are now 6-2.
Categories: Arcata, Basketball, Del Norte, Eureka, Ferndale, Fortuna, McKinleyville
Pleasant Valley is where Aaron Rodgers of the Packers went to high school in Chico, a 4 hour drive from Humboldt Bay. Chico is similar population as Redding, somewhere just under 100k. Hats off to small schools from small cities of less than 20k to hang in and compete.