BASKETBALL ROUNDUP — Panthers win to set up huge Thursday showdown

File photo – The McKinleyville Panthers

Bring on the Tigers!

The McKinleyville Panthers kept their Big 5 championship hopes alive in boys basketball with a 58-51 win at Fortuna on Tuesday night.

The win lifts the Panthers to 4-1 league play and they are now just one game behind the first-placed Arcata Tigers (5-0), whom they host on Thursday in what will be a huge game between two great rivals.

The Mack boys, had to battle for Tuesday’s win, as the host Huskies came storming back from a 20-point second-half deficit to pull within three in the dying seconds.

Some late clutch free-throw shooting by Jack Clancy and Jordan Brown, however, saw the Panthers over the line.

Cody Whitmer scored a team-best 17 points in the win, including three 3-pointers, while teammate Payton Harbin finished with 10 points.

Brown added nine points, while Cameron Hooven finished with eight and Bode Douglass seven.

The Huskies battled back thanks in large part to Alfonso Medina, who scored a game-high 21 points, including 16 in the second half.

Late baskets by Dylan O’Loughlin and Medina cut the deficit to 54-51 to make things interesting, before Clancy and Brown each went 2-for-2 from the line to seal the win.

O’Loughlin and Russell Pascascio each finished with 12 points for the Huskies, who dropped to 2-4 in league and 14-9 overall.

Clancy added four points for the Panthers, who are now 18-4 overall, while Donald Bickle also had four points for the Huskies.

Arcata 75, Ferndale 35

The Tigers prepared for Thursday’s big showdown with a comfortable non-league win at Ferndale on Tuesday, with plenty of bench players seeing some valuable game time.

“We played good, we took care of business early,” said head coach Kellen Maynard, whose team led 32-3 after the opening quarter. “Our defense was good. Our defensive intensity was good.

“And the guys went out and made plays.”

Dayquan Dunn continued his impressive recent form and scored a game-high 16 points in the win, while teammate Luke Lemke finished with 15 points.

Ren Sugata also had a good game and finished with 10 points, while Kalani Butor chipped in nine points and Dawson Vallerga had eight.

Maynard was impressed with the play of his reserves.

“It was good to see those guys out there playing and getting in some rhythm and gaining some confidence,” he said.

Kannon Christiansen continued his impressive season for the Wildcats and finished with a team-high 11 points, while Trent Titus, Thomas Fergison and Jack Westfall each had six points.

With the loss, the Cats dropped to 12-9.


St. Bernard’s 40, Trinity 27

Madelyn Shanahan had a triple-double as the Crusaders stretched their winning streak to eight straight games.

The junior standout “had a monster game,” according to head coach Matt Tomlin, and finished with 11 points, 19 rebounds, 11 blocked shots and five assists.

Laila Florvilus also continued to play well and finished with 11 points, while the in-form Alyssa Boham added six points on a pair of 3s.

With the victory, the SB girls are now 18-2.

Mataya Sherman also had four points, while Amaiyah Her and Aliyah Vigil each chipped in two points.

The Crusaders return to league play on Thursday when they travel to play South Fork.

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  1. Actually, that was a close game considering the population load around “Trinity”… 13 points.

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