The South Fork varsity boys opened up the first quarter of their final home game on Friday, Feb. 14 against St. Bernard's, falling behind quickly by a score of 8-0 in the first two minutes of action when St Bernard's hit two long 3 pointers. Coach Jake Mitchell took a timeout to calm the team down and they came out of the timeout scoring 6 straight points to cut the lead to 2, including a 3-point play by Troy Langley who was fouled while scoring and hit his foul shot. The Crusaders followed that with a 5-point run of their own and finished the first quarter ahead of the Cubs by a score of 14-9.
South Fork came out in the second quarter and scored six straight points to take their only lead of the game 15-14 with five of the points coming from senior Christian Alatorre. The Crusaders finished the quarter on a 13-3 run scoring eleven of their points from the free throw line as the Cubs had foul trouble throughout the quarter.
In the third quarter the foul troubles only got worse for the hometown Cubs who could not catch a break. The Cubs committed three technical fouls in the first two minutes of the half over frustration of some questionable calls by the officials where the hometown fans were voicing their disapproval. The Cubs were able to cut the lead to eight 34-26 but that was as close as they could get finishing the third down 41-29.
The Cubs pressed heavy in the fourth quarter but were unable to overcome the Crusaders lead losing the game by a final score of 58-39.
Joey Wittlake - 14
Troy Langley - 10
Christian Allatorre - 9
Danny Savoie - 2
Kevin Vandenack - 2
Grant Wick -2
The varsity boys finished the regular season with a record of 13-13, including 1-5 in the division. Monday night they played a tiebreaker game against Ferndale but scores were not available at press time.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF MICHELLE BUSHNELL
1. The South Fork Cubs played at home last Friday night against the St. Bernard Crusaders.
2. Joey Wittlake and Troy Langley during last Friday's game.