BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP — Busy night of tournament action for local teams

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Action from Thursday’s game between Eureka and Lincoln.

It was a good night for three local boys teams in tournament action on Thursday, with McKinleyville, Fortuna and St. Bernard’s all winning their respective games.

The Panthers rolled to an easy 71-38 win over San Lorenzo in their own tournament opener and improved to 2-0 on the season.

Cody Whitmer scored a team-high 21 points in the win, while teammate Jordan Brown chipped in 13 points.

The Panthers will continue tournament play on Friday night at 8:30 p.m.

Arcata and Eureka also were in action at the Mack tournament but didn’t fare quite as well.

The Tigers fell 69-52 to Cardinal Newman, while Eureka lost 79-60 to Lincoln.

At the Upper Lake tournament, meanwhile, the St. Bernard’s Crusaders won their season opener, beating Maxwell 61-36.

Rounding out a busy night for local teams, Fortuna got the better of Willows 67-43 on the opening day at the Wheatland tournament.

Lincoln 79, Eureka 60

A fast Mustangs lineup caused problems for the Loggers in their season opener at the McKinleyville tournament on Thursday.

Senior Hans Chalmers and sophomore Jahmil Rippey each scored a team-high 15 points in the loss, but the Eureka boys didn’t shoot particularly well.

“Their shots were falling and ours weren’t,” Eureka head coach Jimmy Rodgers said.

There were some bright spots for the Loggers, including the play of Chalmers, who got the new season off to an impressive start on both sides of the ball.

Senior Jordan Urban also got the new season off to a good start, while Toa Ou provided some inspirational defense off the bench.

The Loggers will try to bounce back when they continue tourney play against play Big 5 rival Arcata on Friday at 4 p.m.

St. Bernard’s 61, Maxwell 36

The Crusaders opened the Upper Lake tournament with a comfortable victory over Maxwell on Thursday evening.

Aaiden Burris led a balanced offensive performance with 16 points, while Liam Dyer added 15 points and Seth Dyer finished with 13 points.

“It was a good first game for us,” head coach Issac Gildea said.

Owen Shanahan added eight points in the win, while Jack Stark finished with six points.

The 1-0 Crusaders will continue tournament play against Willits on Thursday at 5 p.m.


Fortuna 67, Willows 43

The Huskies improved to 3-1 on the season with a comfortable win over Willows on the opening day at the Wheatland tournament.

And they did so with a balanced performance offensively, with 11 of the 12 Fortuna players scoring in the victory.

Cody Collins led the way with 18 points, while Russell Pascascio added 15.

The Huskies will try to make it 2-0 in tournament play when they take on Lincoln in the second round on Friday.

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