Two Little 4 boys basketball teams had strong showings at their season-opening tournaments over the weekend, with the Ferndale Wildcats winning the Jolly Roger Tournament in Point Arena and the South Fork Cubs placing third at Fall River.
The Cats improved to 3-1 on the season with three wins at Point Arena.
On Saturday, they overcame a slow start to beat Laytonville 69-51 early in the day, and they followed that with a 56-35 win over a talented host team in the championship.
“Our defense was impeccable,” head coach Tristan Waters said. “That talented Point Arena team was unable to do anything inside or outside. We brought intense team defense and we were great with our feet without reaching.”
Jack Westfall continued to lead the way and finished with 18 points in the championship game on his way to being named tourney MVP.
“It was a very impressive outing for Jack,” the head coach said.
Kannon Christiansen also had 18 points in the decider, while Thomas Fergison finished with eight and Trent Titus chipped in six points.
Christiansen, Titus and freshman Braeden Rice each also were named to the all-tournament team.
Christiansen was a force in the paint on both sides of the ball, while Titus and Fergison “played outstanding defense” on the Point Arena guards.
“It was the best defensive game we played this year,” Waters said.
Westfall and Titus each finished with 14 points against Laytonville, while Christiansen had 12 points and Fergison 10.
The Cats will host Potter Valley on Monday night.
South Fork 52, Loyalton 35
The Cubs shot well from 3-point range on the way to defeating Loyalton by 18 points in the third-place game at the Block F Tournament at Fall River on Saturday.
Shevy Bero-Vanmeter finished with seven 3s, including five in a row at one stage, and scored a game-high 22 points.
Tommy Rotbergs added 13 points, including three 3s, and was named to the all-tournament team after an impressive three days.
Teammate John Harding also was named all-tournament.
“We had a huge move forward in our focus,” head coach Taylor Morrow said.
Next up, the Cubs will host Hayfork on Tuesday.