Basketball

LITTLE 4 ROUNDUP — Big night for Rotbergs as Cubs, Crusaders both win

File photo – The South Fork boys defeated Hoopa on Friday night.

Tommy Rotbergs exploded for 35 points to lead the South Fork Cubs to a key 71-54 win over Hoopa on Friday night, as they kept their championship hopes alive.

The South Fork junior was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line and had three 3-pointers, lifting the Cubs to a second straight league win and a third straight overall.

The Cubs are now 2-1 in the Little 4 halfway through the league schedule and 13-4 overall.

John Harding also had a big game in the win and finished with 14 points, including a pair of 3s.

“He was a monster on the defensive end,” head coach Taylor Morrow said of Harding. 

The South Fork coach also praised the play of the Warriors, whom he said came to play.

“It was an intense tough game and Hoopa was with us for most of the game,” Morrow said.

With the loss, the Warriors dropped to 0-3 in league play and 4-12 overall.

Elsewhere in the Little 4, league leaders St. Bernard’s remain atop the standings after a 68-58 win at Ferndale in another game that was close throughout.

With the victory, the Crusaders improved to 3-0 in the Little 4 and 10-8 overall.

Aaiden Burris scored a team-high 19 points in the win, all of them coming in the final three quarters after some early foul trouble for the SB standout.

Seth Dyer added 14 points, with 13 of them coming in the first half, while Owen Shanahan finished with nine points.

Ferndale led early and carried a three-point advantage into the second quarter, but the Crusaders began to taker control and outscored the home team 22-11 for the period to open up an eight-point lead at halftime.

The Cats, however, never let the game get away from them and cut the deficit to five going into the final period.

But some clutch late free-throw shooting helped the Crusaders over the line, as they hit on 12 of their 17 attempts in the final quarter.

“We were a little more patient tonight on our offense which was good,” St. Bernard’s head coach Issac Gildea said.

Tyler Dimmick also continued to play a key role for the team and finished with eight points in the win, while Wyatt Simoni scored seven, Jack Stark six and Carl Nunes four.

The Wildcats were led by Jack Westfall, who scored a game-high 23 points, 15 of them coming in the second half.

“Westfall was amazing tonight,” Gildea said of the Ferndale senior.

Thomas Fergison added 11 points, Kannon Christiansen 10 and Isaak Kasso eight.

The Cats, who will play at Eureka at 1 p.m. on Saturday, are now 1-2 in the Little 4 and 12-7 overall.

Next up for SB is a trip to Trinity on Tuesday night.

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