Sunday’s South Siskiyou Men’s Basketball League championship game was close at half time, but Mount Shasta Supermarket’s younger, college-age players had started to pull away by midway through the second half.
Brandon Acord made one of his six 3-pointers with about 10 minutes to play for a 62-47 lead that grew to 87-62 by game’s end.
“We ran out of gas,” said Chris Galarsa of 7 Suns Coffee, which was playing its second game in a row with a roster of players whose ages ranged from older to much older than college age.
Galarsa and 7 Suns teammate Chico Rivera organized the new league after the area had been without a men’s league for about five years. Eight teams played an eight-week schedule before Sunday’s season-ending single-elimination tournament at Weed Elementary.
“It’s good for young guys and old guys from the whole county,” Rivera said of the new league. He said they plan to start a summer men’s league in June, and he thanked the sponsors: Mount Shasta Supermarket, 7 Suns Coffee, Yreka Transfer, Dunsmuir Pizza Factory, and HRF Powersports Yreka.
Y Guys of Yreka, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, placed 3rd.
Acord, who plans to play his sophomore season for College of the Siskiyous next winter, led Mount Shasta Supermarket with 25 points in the championship game.
The team, which went into the tournament seeded 4th, also featured three players from the 2016-17 COS basketball team: Gehrig Kniffen scored 18 points, Deontrey Fuller 15, and Daylon Blakely 12.
Noa Traylor added 17 points and Clayton Cool played but did not score.
Former Eagle Jake West made five 3-pointers and scored 27 for 7 Suns, which was seeded No. 3. The team included Jake’s dad, former Eagle Bob West, and Bob West’s coach when he played at COS, Tom Powers.
Eriksson Brioso scored 12 for 7 Suns, Mark Stensaas 7, and Galarsa 6.
Jake West pointed out that his dad scored 30 points in an earlier game.
Powers, who has played international masters basketball for many years, said playing two games in a row and three in one day was tough for 7 Suns, as was losing former Eagle Jason Baker to an injury in Sunday’s first game.
For information about the summer men’s league, call Chico at 530-276-7432 or Chris at 619-250-4818.