South Fork’s JV boys basketball squad divided their large roster into a frosh-soph squad and a junior varsity squad last Friday night and traveled to St. Bernard’s to face the Crusaders’ similarly divided team.
The Cubs lost both games, but the frosh-soph group gained valuable experience while the JV team, riddled with injury and illness, kept the game close under difficult circumstances and will know how to prepare for the league rematches to come when the players have regained their health.
The frosh-soph team lost 41-25 in a fast paced game that was especially valuable for the guards who gained on-the-job-training for dealing with pressure all over the court.
”We needed to play this kind of game to get better,” said head coach Doug Moody. Freshman point guard Connor Messenger did especially well handling the ball for the Cubs, according to Moody, who also liked that the scoring was spread around throughout the team. Sophomore Austin Rivers had 6 points, sophomore Nick Way and freshmen Ethan Wolf and Clayton Walker had 5 apiece. Sophomore Cale Lehman had 3 points, as did freshman Huston Reuter.
South Fork 9 6 2 8 25
St. Bernard’s 13 9 14 5 41
The JVs had a rough night at the free throw line and struggled with St. Bernard’s pair of big post players. “We did the best we could,” said Moody, “and we learn from every loss.
Sophomore Kyle Valk shined in the game and led the team in scoring with 8 points. He was followed by freshmen Armando Martinez and Kevin Vandenack with 7 points each. Sophomores Grant Wick and Cole Jacinto each chipped in 6 points.
South Fork 10 11 10 7 38
St. Bernard’s 11 8 16 9 44
The JVs will host Arcata on January 2nd. The frosh-soph team will tip off at 4:30 p.m., the JVs at 6 p.m. in Miranda.