PHOTOS BY DENIS BONHAM-NEILL
1. Jared Storre tries for the layup with a Hoopa defender going for the block. Carlos Ayala in the background.
2. Bryan Arbuthnot is fouled during a layup.
After going a stunning 3-0 in the first round of Humboldt-Del Norte League play, the Cubs could not win again over any of their league opponents the second time through and finished their season 3-3 after taking losses to Ferndale and Hoopa last week. They sandwiched in a road win over Point Arena on Friday and have wrapped up their regular season play with an overall record of 13-12. That qualifies them for application to a berth in the North Coast Section Championship.
Tied with Hoopa for second place in league, a coin will be tossed by HDN commissioner Charlie Lakin to determine the home court advantage for the opening round of play in the county championship Niclai Tournament, which opens next Tuesday. If accepted into the NCS tourney the Cubs will play on the road starting early the following week.
At Ferndale the Cubs trailed the entire game, falling by a final score of 53-43. Senior center Jared Storre’s 20 points and perfect 10-for-10 from the freethrow line led the Cubs attack, but it wasn’t enough to catch the Wildcats, whose point guard was on the bench in foul trouble most of the game.
As good teams do, Ferndale rallied without their star and held South Fork to only 5 points in the second period while amassing 33 points on the opening half. Junior guard Nick Marino contributed 8 points, senior guard Dalton Pfau had 2 three-pointers, junior forward Nick Arbuthnot had 5, and senior guard Carlos Ayala and junior forward Britt Morgan Johnson each added a basket.
South Fork 13 5 14 11 43
Ferndale 21 12 7 13 53
Traveling the long and winding road to Point Arena Friday, the Cubs had strong performances across the roster to defeat the home team 60-46. South Fork trailed at the end of the first quarter after an explosive 20 points from Point Arena, but shut the home team down in the second period to gain a four-point advantage at the intermission.
Cub scoring was led by Storre with 15 points, followed by Johnson with 14, Arbuthnot with 10, junior guard Connor Ferguson with 9, Pfau with 8 including six from behind the arc, Ayala with 2, and senior guard Jason Caldwell with two.
South Fork 14 19 14 13 60
Point Arena 20 9 8 9 46
Hopeful of clinching second place in the HDN with a win over Hoopa on Saturday, the Cubs instead fell 68-56 and would have to settle for a tie. Shooting was cold and ball movement was stilted by an aggressive Hoopa defense. It didn’t help that South Fork struggled with put-backs and lay-ups all night, missing a majority of their gimme shots.
South Fork played catch-up throughout the game, but Hoopa proved uncatchable with stellar performances from guard Anthony Colegrove (19 points) and guard Chris Moon who had 5 three-pointers. The Cubs were paced by Storre with 17 points, Johnson with 10 and Ayala with 9. Arbuthnot added 8 points, Caldwell had 6 and Ferguson, Marino, and junior guard Hokeem Sadon had a bucket each.
The two teams have each won in each other’s house, so it must be wondered what outcome is hoped for with the coin toss. Either way, fans are in store for another exciting fast-paced game next Tuesday as the Little Four will then send the winner on to face the yet-to-be-determined winner of the Big Five on Thursday.
Hoopa 12 21 16 19 68
South Fork 10 16 14 16 56