South Fork Varsity Boys Clobber Ferndale, Play Strong Against Mack
At home on Monday against the Panthers, the Cubs were within 3 points of the lead at the end of the first 3 quarters, but lost momentum in the final period. “We kind of took our foot off the gas pedal and had some unfortunate turnovers,” said Vandenack. “They shot well and we didn’t at the end of the game, but we got a lot of compliments from them on our defense. They were surprised by how well we played them.”
Sophomore Cody Wyatt led all Cubs scorers with a season-high 21 points, including 5 from behind the arc. Junior Roberto Navarrete scored 11 points, senior Justin Michael had 10, junior CJ Van Meter had 5, junior Scott Coffelt had 3, junior Ryder Pfau had 2 and sophomore Cooper Scott made a free throw.
Mckinleyville 16 11 23 16 56
South Fork 15 9 23 6 43
On Friday, Wyatt got things going with a 3-point bucket on the Cubs’ first possession of the game, Navarrete added another the next time down the floor and the Cubs never looked back. They were up by 13 points at the end of the opening period and kept a 20 point or greater lead through most of the game.The Wildcats pulled to within 12 points during the 3rd quarter when the Cubs were using the clock and lost a little intensity, but they came right back in the 4th to put the game away. “We had a good offensive flow,” said Vandenack, “and we didn’t panic when they pressed us.”
Sophomore Cooper Scott provided three highlight reel moments when he drove to the basket and put up seemingly impossible shots, got fouled as somehow the ball dropped through the hoop, and then swished the free throw. “All nine of his points came the old-fashioned way” of getting a 3-point play, said Vandenack.
“It was a great team effort,” the coach added, pleased with his defense and also noting the remarkable 87% free throw percentage the Cubs achieved, making 26 of 30 from the charity stripe. Compared to the Mckinleyville game, in which the Cubs coughed up the ball 20 times, they only had 13 turnovers against Ferndale, their lowest of the season.
Scoring was balanced for the Cubs, with Coffelt and Van Meter leading the way with 13 each, followed by Wyatt with 12, Navarrete with 10, Scott with 9, and Pfau with 7.
Ferndale 5 13 8 12 38
South Fork 18 20 9 17 64
This week the Cubs will travel to Arcata on Tuesday with a 7:30 tip-off against the 3-0 Big Five school. “They have some height and we’ll need to rebound well, but this will be a winnable game,” said Vandenack.
On Friday the Cubs will travel to Hoopa to face the Warriors in the final game of the first round of HDN Little Four play. Hoopa lost to St. Bernard’s 71-60 on January 13, but beat Mckinleyville 87-82 back on December 29. “They’re going to be quick and we’ll have to match their intensity but stay calm,” said Vandenack.
The Cubs are now 10-8 on the season, 1-1 in league and 8-5 against Division 6 schools.