South Fork’s varsity boys lost both games last week, playing well at home against the Humboldt Del Norte Big Five Conference’s 3rd place McKinleyville Panthers in an 81-71 loss and then falling to Little Four conference rival Ferndale 64-35 to put them at 0-3 in HDN Little Four play, 10-7 over all.
"We played well against McKinleyville in the second half," said head coach Jake Mitchell who felt his Cubs could have won the game if the first half effort had matched that of the second. "We came within 7 points late in the game after giving up 48 points in the first half."
South Fork put 40 points of its own on the board in the second half. Junior Christian Alatorre led the team with 24, senior Damian Alatorre had 16, junior Jesus Lopez and senior Ismael Lopez had 10 points each.
"Izzy and Jesus both had good games for us," said Mitchell of the senior who scored a season high total and the junior coming off a shooting hand injury. Also scoring for the Cubs were senior Levi Paine with 6, sophomore Troy Langley with 5 and junior Joey Wittlake with two.
McKinleyville 23-25-15-18 --81
South Fork 12-19-19-21 --71
On Friday the Cubs suffered an unexpected blow-out loss in Ferndale and could only put 12 points on the board in the entire first half against a Wildcats team they had beaten by 19 just weeks ago in tournament play.
"This was a must-win game and we just didn’t come to play," said Mitchell. "There was no effort and poor attitude. We threw soft passes, didn’t work for rebounds and we just got pushed around the whole game."
Both Alatorres were held to 9 points each, while Langley and Wittlake each scored seven in the loss.
South Fork 6-6-13-10 --35
Ferndale 18-9-17-21 --64
Now the Cubs find themselves facing three more must-win games as they enter into the second and final round of HDN play if they are to have any chance of playing in the post season. They will travel to Fortuna on Wednesday in Big Five interlock play and then host Hoopa on Friday. Both games tip off at 7:30 p.m.
Unfortunately, the JV boys’ coach did not return our calls regarding the past week’s games.