South Fork’s varsity boys basketball team continued their winning ways last week with a 63-37 road win over Laytonville on Monday and a 61-32 win over Fort Bragg in the annual North Coast Section Foundation Game fundraiser in Fort Bragg on Tuesday.
Head Coach Jake Mitchell was pleased with his team’s ball control and the pressure of their strong defense caused Laytonville to miss on their many good looks in the first half. The game would have been even more lopsided had South Fork been able to convert more than 15 of their 27 chances at the line while Laytonville dug a hole of foul trouble for themselves.
Junior guard Jesus Lopez was the high scorer for the Cubs with 17 points. Senior forward Damian Alatorre had 13, junior forward Cristian Alatorre had 11, senior guard Levi Payne and sophomore guard Troy Langley had 9 apiece and senior forward Ismael Lopez and junior guard Joey Wittlake each had a bucket.
South Fork 18 12 19 14 63
Laytonville 13 7 13 4 37
The next day Damian Alatorre was on fire for South Fork as they defeated Fort Bragg by 29 points in a scrimmage that raises money for the section scholarship fund. Alatorre scored 28 points and was an amazing 12 for 13 from the floor with 2 3-pointers, and was a perfect 2 for 2 from the line to lead the Cubs.
Mitchell saw Fort Bragg’s intense man-to-man defense as a preview of league competition and despite the dominant offensive performance by the Cubs would like to see his team take better care of the ball, citing turnovers as a weakness in the game.
Nevertheless, Fort Bragg could do little to suppress Alatorre who alone nearly equaled Fort Bragg’s offensive output. Cristian Alatorre added 13 points, Langley had 8, Payne had 6, Jesus Lopez had 5 and Wittlake hit a freethrow to round out South Fork’s scoring.
South Fork 19 11 18 13 61
Fort Bragg 12 7 6 7 32
Next up for the Cubs was its home opener last night against Laytonville (results unavailable at press time), a road trip to Potter Valley today. This weekend the Cubs travel to Kelseyville for a tournament in which Division IV post-season contender Justin Siena will be its opening opponent.
(Editor’s Note: Information on the JV boys games were unavailable as of press time.)