TULELAKE, Calif. — The No. 5 seeded Tulelake Honkers claim it started slowly, but by the end of the 71-47 win against Los Molinos in the NSCIF Boys Basketball Championships, any modest beginning was forgotten.
Tulelake now travels to Quincy Friday at 7:00 PM in the quarterfinals of the bracket.
Not helping the Honkers’ claim of a slow start was senior Adam Kandra scoring 20 of his game-high 27 points in the first half. But Tulelake only picked up four field goals from other players in the first two periods, building a 29-28 halftime lead.
Thursday: Look for video from Tulelake’s win over Los Molinos
Max Crawford helped the Honkers with 21 points, including two three-pointers, on one of which he was fouled, allowing for a four-point play opportunity. He made all five free throws in the game, with the team going 16-of-22 from the line overall.
Tulelake outscored Los Molinos 25-10 in the third quarter.
Los Molinos was led by Sean Conrad’s 15 points.
Tulelake: Kandra 27, Crawford 21, Zac Idrogo 8, Sawyer Fensler 6, Danny Banderas 4, Logan Herman 3, Jace Burrier 2. FGs made 20, 3PT made 5 (Crawford 2, Idrogo 2, Kandra), FTs 16-22.
Los Molinos: Conrad 15, Dom Ceja 13, Isidro Madrigal 9, Ryan Mekech 6, Rudy Martinez 2, Gilbert Zamora 2. FGs made 14, 3PT made 6 (Conrad 3, Madrigal 3), FTs 1-1.
Butte Valley 65, Herlong 50
The Butte Valley girls basketball team won its opening round game of the NSCIF Championships, beating Herlong 65-50. They now travel to Redding Christian on Friday in the quarterfinals.
OSAA State Championships
Mountain Valley League No. 3 seed Hosanna Christian beat Dayville-Monument 67-48 in its round one game in the 1A OSAA Boys Basketball State Championships.
Hosanna Christian moves on to face its bracket’s No. 1 seed, the Imbler Panthers, on Saturday night, with the winner advancing to the final site tournament in Baker City Feb. 29 – Mar. 3.
Imbler is 16-10 this season, going 5-5 in the Old Oregon League and is No. 24 in the OSAA state rankings. The Panthers won all three of its conference playoff games to get the league’s top seed and a state first round bye.
Saturday’s road trip is 441 miles for Hosanna Christian.