The Huskies could have stopped shooting before halftime and they still would have won by double-digits Thursday night.
Behind a tremendous offensive night which saw twins Donald and Bradley Willis combine for 50 points, the Fortuna boys basketball team cruised into the Dick Niclai Memorial Tournament championship, clubbing the visiting South Fork Cubs 94-47 in a lopsided semifinal win, Thursday night at Fortuna High.
The Huskies (25-1) will face Del Norte (15-7) tonight at 7:30 p.m. inside Lumbejack Area with a shot at a second straight Niclai championship.
Thursday night, the Huskies handled business quickly, and efficiently.
The Huskies put up 15 points before the Cubs posted one and by the end of the first quarter had already put the visitors back more than 20 points after a monstrous 38-point opening frame.
Midway through the second the Huskies led 51-21, and could have left it there scoring wise.
But they didn’t, and a few 3-pointers from Zac Claus and Bradley Willis later, the Huskies could just about dress down as they took a 62-26 lead into halftime.
The Huskies’ senior leadership shined as brightly as it has all season Thursday night as Claus, Gillette and the Willis twins each topped 10 points in the first half alone.
But, the true secret to Fortuna’s 62-point first half performance? 3-pointers.
The Huskies hit 12 of them in the first half alone. Bradley Willis had four himself as he finished the opening half with 16 points and the game, with 24. Donald Willis hit three from behind the arc, but made his money getting to the basket in the first half as he led the Huskies at the break with 22 points, and on the night with 26. Zac Claus had 11 points in the first half and finished with 22 points including a game-high six 3-pointers and Drew Gillette ended his night with 12 points and a pair of 3-pointers.
South Fork was led by Riley Gallagher, who finished with 13 points. Cody Wyatt also hit double-digits scoring wise with 11 points. The Cubs (12-13) will await selection Sunday to find out its path to a North Coast Section D-VI championship.
Tonight Fortuna will take on Del Norte for the third time this season. Fortuna won both previous matchups, the first in Crescent City by a 61-46 margin and the second, at home, 66-57 in overtime.