South Fork’s varsity boys improved their record to 7-1 last week, winning two non-league games and taking the consolation title at a tournament hosted by Kelseyville High School.
Laytonville came to Miranda last Monday night hungry for revenge after losing to South Fork two weeks ago on their home court. They made it close through the first half, up by 1 at the intermission. But a strong 3rd quarter allowed the Cubs to pull away to a 68-59 win.
"I wasn’t very pleased with our effort in this game," said head coach Jake Mitchell. "We got the win because we played harder in the second half."
Senior Damian Alatorre led the Cubs’ scoring with 24, followed by Cristian Alatorre who was hot from behind the arc with six three-pointers and a total of 22 points. Junior point guard Jesus Lopez had 10 points, Levi Payne had 8, and Joey Wittlake had four.
Laytonville 13 15 13 18 59
South Fork 13 14 21 20 68
On Tuesday the Cubs traveled to Potter Valley where they dominated with a 62-35 win. "It’s hard to get up for these games against weaker teams, but we did better than we did against Laytonville," said Mitchell. "The whole team got lots of playing time."
Damian Alatorre had 16 points, Cristian had 15, Jesus had 9, Payne had 8, Allen Moore had 4, Wittlake had 3 and Ismael Lopez, Billy Lanese and Andres Alatorre had a bucket each.
South Fork 21 15 20 6 62
Potter Valley 9 8 14 4 35
On Thursday South Fork traveled to Kelseyville where they faced a strong Division 4 team, Justin Siena. A post-season contender last year and expected to be even more successful this year,Justin Siena handed South Fork its first loss of the season 63-59. "We should have won it," said Mitchell, "a couple of calls could have gone either way. They put up 5 threes in the first quarter and I should have moved us out of the zone sooner than I did. This loss is on me."
The Cubs were up by 4 after the 3rd quarter thanks to a 28 point outburst provided by strong defense leading to numerous fast breaks, but saw that lead disappear in a big 4th quarter for Justin Siena. South Fork was still in it down by 1 with 17 seconds to play when with the shot clock about to run out Justin Siena put up a desperation 3-pointer that went in to seal the deal with a 4 point lead.
Cristian Alatorre scored 23 points, Damian had 20, Moore, Wittlake and Troy Langley each had 4 and Jesus Lopez had three.
Justin Siena 21 11 12 19 63
South Fork 8 12 28 11 59
The Cubs came back in the next game to clobber Colusa 52-23 and earn a spot in the consolation final. Another Division 4 school, Colusa proved no contest for the Cubs who shut them down in the second half, allowing only 6 points. Cristian Alatorre had 16 points, Langley had 11, Damian Alatorre had 10, Moore had 6, Wittlake had 5, Jesus Lopez and Ismael Lopez each had two.
Colusa 7 10 5 1 23
South Fork 13 13 12 14 52
Facing tournament host Kelseyville in the consolation final South Fork would have to do without the services of tough defender and top rebounder Levi Payne who went down with an injury in the Colusa game. The Cubs opened a 10-point gap in the 2nd quarter and overcame a sloppy 3rd to take a 55-37 victory.
"It was a very sloppy basketball game," said Mitchell. "We were just less sloppy than they were. We got 3 technical fouls and there were 37 total fouls in the game."
Damian Alatorre led Cub scoring with 20 points, all in the second half. Langley had 14, Wittlake had 10, Jesus Lopez had 7 and Cristian Alatorre and Moore each added a basket.
Damian Alatorre was named to the all-tournament team.
South Fork 9 20 6 20 55
Kelseyville 10 9 3 15 37
After a busy week and an early season during which the Cubs have played 8 games while only practicing 12 times Mitchell is overall pleased with the improvement he’s seeing. "We need more practice, we have along way to go."
He’ll have to wait another week for any real practice time as this week the Cubs had a Monday night rematch at home against Potter Valley (results unavailable at press time) and then will head to Calistoga for another 3-day tournament this weekend.
"We have a shot at winning that tournament," he said, expecting the mostly Division 5 bracket to be made up of schools South Fork can dominate.
The South Fork varsity boys team with their trophy from the Kelseyville touranemtn.