BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP — Another busy day for H-DNL teams

File photo – The Eureka Loggers got their first win of the season on Saturday.

Two local teams played in tournament championship games on Saturday, with the St. Bernard’s Crusaders winning at Upper Lake and the McKinleyville Panthers losing in their own tournament decider.

The Crusaders improved to 3-0 on the season and capped three impressive days at Upper Lake with a 68-26 win over the host school.

Aaiden Burris was named tourney MVP.

The Panthers, meanwhile, fell 60-43 to Cardinal Newman to close out three exciting days at Mack High.

Also on Saturday, Eureka beat Hoopa 75-50 and Arcata beat San Lorenzo 75-41 at the McKinleyville tournament, and Fortuna beat Hamilton 85-52 at the Wheatland tournament.

Del Norte lost at the Yreka tournament, falling 63-37 to Henley, while on Friday night Ferndale defeated Tomales 83-25 at the Point Arena tournament.

Six H-DNL players were included on the McKinleyville tournament all-tournament team.

McKinleyville’s Jack Clancy, Jordan Brown and Cody Whitmer all were included, along with Arcata’s Luke Moxon and Josiah Gomez and Eureka’s Hans Chalmers.

Cardinal Newman 60, McKinleyville 43

Cardinal Newman won the McKinleyville tournament with a 17-point win over the Panthers in Saturday’s championship game.

The Cardinals dominated all three of their opponents in tournament play, including a 17-point win over Arcata on opening day, and improved to 6-0 on the season.

“They look like a more experienced team than us,” McKinleyville head coach Cindy Semore Clancy said. “They were good defensively. They were physical and long.”

The loss was the first of the season for the Panthers, who dropped to 3-1, and the head coach believes her players will benefit from such a tough matchup early in the campaign.

“I think it’s great to play a team like them,” she said. “Because then we can find out what we need to work on.”

Cameron Hooven scored a team-high eight points in the loss, while Brown finished with seven and Clancy, Whitmer and Payton Harbin each chipped in six points.

Next up, the Panthers will open the Arcata tournament against Enterprise on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

St. Bernard’s 68, Upper Lake 26

The Crusaders capped three dominating days at the Upper Lake tournament with a 42-point win over the host school in Saturday’s championship game.

Burris continued his very impressive start to the new season with a game-high 21 points in the win and was named tournament MVP.

Seth Dyer added 18 points in the victory and was named to the all-tournament team, as was teammate Owen Shanahan.

Wyatt Simoni also had a big championship game and chipped in eight points.

The Crusaders, who are defending NorCal Division-6 champs, have come storming out of the gates this season and have scored an average of 66.3 points through the opening three games.

Next up, the SB boys play at the Mt. Shasta tournament which tips off on Thursday.

Eureka 75, Hoopa 50

After a disappointing two days at the McKinleyville tournament on Thursday and Friday, the Loggers responded with their first win of the season to close out tournament play on Saturday.

Hans Chalmers continued his impressive start to the new season with a team-high 15 points in the win, as Eureka improved to 1-2.

Donovan Millender added 12 points and Jahmil Rippey scored nine, while Julia Goodman had a big game off the bench and also scored in double digits.

“It was a good win for us after two pretty tough losses,” Eureka head coach Jimmy Rodgers said. 

Jamin Guilbert also had a good game for the Loggers in the paint and “cleaned up on the boards,” according to the coach.

Next up, Eureka plays Piner at the Arcata tournament on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Brandon Romero continued to impress for Hoopa and has quickly transitioned to the basketball court after playing a big role for the Warriors late in the football season.

Romero scored a game-high 20 points, while Brian Gulley scored 11 and Lane Campbell finished with nine.

The Warriors are now 0-4 on the season.

Fortuna 85, Hamilton 52

The Huskies closed out the Wheatland tournament with a comfortable win over Hamilton on Saturday.

A balanced team performance saw 10 of the 11 Fortuna players who suited up score in the win, as the Huskies improved to 4-2 on the season with their second win in three tournament games.

Junior Russell Pascascio led the way offensively and finished with a team-high 19 points, while Cody Collins added 12 points.

Next up, the Huskies will play at the Arcata tournament, which gets under way on Thursday.

Henley 63, Del Norte 37

Playing their third game in a little more than 24 hours, the Warriors lost to Henley to close out the Yreka tournament on Saturday.

In addition to their three tournament games in three days, the Warriors added a non-tournament game against Etna on Friday morning and they ran out of gas against Henley.

“It was a learning experience for me, I’ll never do that again,” second-year head coach Cris Rice said.

It wasn’t all bad news for the Warriors, however.

Ethan Thomas continued his outstanding start to the new season with another strong performance, while junior Merrick Crabb capped a strong weekend with another good performance.

“I thought our kids played hard,” said Rice, whose team is now 2-3.

Next up, the Warriors will have a tough challenge when they play at Grants Pass on Tuesday

The Del Norte JVs, meanwhile, enjoyed a big weekend with a thrilling championship game victory over Grants Pass on Saturday.

Sophomore Lyon Ridgen hit a last-second shot for the game-winning basket in a 53-52 victory and finished with 23 points.

The win lifts the young Warriors to 5-0 on the season.

Ferndale 83, Tomales 25

The Wildcats got their first win of the season at the Point Arena tournament on Friday night, overcoming a slow start to quickly pull away from Tomales.

Jack Westfall was Instrumental in the victory, scoring a game-high 21 points and setting the tone defensively with numerous steals.

Freshman Braedon Rice also had a big game and is having an immediate impact with the team, scoring 12 points and adding some strong defense with several steals as well.

As a team, the Wildcats played well defensively, with Kannon Christiansen strong in the paint and scoring 11 points.

“We played very hard and had active hands on defense,” head coach Tristan Waters said.

Trent Titus rounded out a balanced offensive team performance with 12 points.

“He kept his high motor going the entire game,” Waters said of the relentless Titus.

With the win, the Cats improved to 1-1.

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