WEEKEND BASKETBALL ROUNDUP — Defense lifts CR past Marin

The College of the Redwoods men continued to play well defensively on Saturday, as they defeated Marin 76-60.

The Corsairs allowed just 20 points in the opening half and led by 24 at the interval.

“Another stout defensive performance, particularly in the first half,” head coach Ryan Bisio said. “We went on a run of getting stops and that fueled our energy.”

Trey Neff led the way offensively and finished with 26 points in the win, while Jon Nchekwube had 18 points and Kai Purcell chipped in 14.

“Trey was electric all night,” Bisio said. “He seemingly controlled the game on both ends while biting off the toughest job descriptions. An early career signature performance from him, for sure.”

The Corsairs, who are ow 10-1, will host their annual Bill Treglown tournament this week, opening against Sierra on Thursday night at 7.

The Cal Poly Humboldt men’s team, meanwhile,, dropped a pair of weekend games in Colorado.

The Jacks fell 79-72 to Regis University on Friday night and followed that with an 84-91 loss to Metropolitan State University of Denver on Saturday.

Humboldt is now 2-4 and will play a conference game at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Thursday.

Eureka girls go to 3-0

The Loggers won for the third time in three games with a 49-23 win over Alhambra on Saturday.

Defense continued to set the tone in the win, with Eureka holding the Bulldogs to single-digits in scoring in three of the four quarters.

Earlier in the week, the Loggers also defeated Hoopa 76-28 and Swett 61-18.


Arcata 84, Hoopa 31

The Tigers took control early against the Warriors and never looked back on the way to a season-opening win at Arcata High on Saturday.

Brandon Bento-Jackson scored a game-high 22 points in the win, while freshman Luke Lemke added 21 points and Luke Moxon scored 16.

“A lot of our guys don’t have varsity experience, so I was really happy with the way our guys responded and played tonight,” Arcata head coach Kellen Maynard said. “I felt we played really well.”

Brendan Baldy scored a team-high 11 points for the Warriors.

Ukiah 71, Fortuna 51

The Huskies played Ukiah close for the opening half of Saturday’s game at Fortuna High and trailed by just three points at the interval, but the visitors pulled away in the second half for a comfortable win.

Alfonso Medina continued his impressive start to the season for the home team and finished with 13 points, while teammate Cody Collings added 11 points.

Ukiah also won the JV game, 65-43.

The Huskies will host South Fork on Tuesday before the varsity team plays at the Wheatland tournament, which tips off on Thursday.

The JVs and freshmen will host their own tourney this weekend.

McKinleyville 60, Kelseyville 51

Jordan Brown and Jack Clancy each finished with 15 points, as the Panthers got the better of Kelseyville on Saturday.

Cody Whitmer added 14 points in a balanced offensive performance, while teammate JT Nichols had a team-best 10 rebounds.

The Panthers will host their own tournament this week, with the action getting under way on Thursday.

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