Redwood Times

South Fork’s varsity boys got their basketball season off to a good start with a 54-39 win over Mendocino on the road Friday night.

"We played good D and didn’t foul a lot and were strong on the boards," said head coach Jake Mitchell, who went on to describe himself as "really happy" with his team’s debut.

Junior Cristian Alatorre led the team in scoring with 24 points, including 4 3-pointers. Senior forward Damian Alatorre added 10. Senior Levi Paine, junior Jesus Lopez, and sophomore Troy Langley each had 6, junior Joey Wittlake had 2 and freshman Kevin Vandenack had a pair of free throws. Langley and Vandenack were on loan from the JVs owing to the absence of junior Andres Alatorre and senior Ismael Lopez who were at the North Coast Section Cross Country meet.

Mitchell is pleased with his small but tight group of five returners and three newcomers who he says, "have a lot of talent and play really well together." He likes this group’s intensity, commenting that, "we probably went to the floor more in our first game than we did all season last year."

The Humboldt Del Norte Little Four Conference looks to be tough again this year with Hoopa probably being the Cubs’ most formidable opponent according to Mitchell. But he likes his chances. "If we can avoid injuries and stay out of foul trouble, we’re going to be an exciting team that can give everyone a battle."

South Fork was on the road against Laytonville last night (results unavailable at press time) and travels again to Fort Bragg today for the annual fundraiser scrimmage Foundation Game.

South Fork 13 16 13 12 54

Mendocino 5 4 14 16 39