Both teams earned playoff berths, with the 18-4 Cougars awarded a four seed in Division 6 and a home game Thursday night at 7 p.m. against American Christian Academy. The 16-9 Bears were seeded third in Division 5 and will play at home Friday night at 6 p.m. against No. 6 seed Modoc. The Braves downed No. 11 seed Biggs 75-40 Tuesday night.

Weed boys basketball coach Robert West said that he “would love to get some momentum this week to take into the playoffs”, and his players obliged with a convincing 71-56 win over Mount Shasta Friday night in Weed. to end the regular season in Shasta Cascade League play.

Both teams earned playoff berths, with the 18-4 Cougars awarded a four seed in Division 6 and a home game Thursday night at 7 p.m. against American Christian Academy. The 16-9 Bears were seeded third in Division 5 and will play at home Friday night at  6 p.m. against No. 6 seed Modoc. The Braves downed No. 11 seed Biggs 75-40 Tuesday night.

Weed took a 17-14 advantage after a quarter and then scored 24 points in quarter 2 to grab a 10-point halftime lead at 41-31. Jivarqua Jordan-Foster scored 10 points in the Cougar surge.

Bear DJ Brown picked up his second foul seven minutes into the game and committed his fourth with three minutes left in quarter three, requiring him to play cautious defense for much of the contest.

This gave room inside to Cougar big men Grant and Dallas Lane who scored 27 points between them and pulled down a ton of rebounds.

The Bears made a run in the third quarter, getting to within seven points, but Weed pulled away with 19 points in the last quarter. Jordan-Foster scored 6 points and Grant Lane and Angel Nicholas put up four each to help cement the win.

Grant Lane and DJ Brown belied the stereotype of inept free-throwing by big men as each went 4 for 4 from the foul line.

Jivarqua Jordan-Foster led all scorers with 20 points, hitting three three-pointers.

Cougars Grant Lane had 18 points, Angel Nicholas hit two threes and put up 10 points and Dallas Lane knocked down three treys for nine points.

DJ Brown scored 12 points, Darius Smith had 11, and Kekai Ferguson hit three threes for 9 points for the Bears.

If the top seeds win out, the Cougars will face Redding Christian in a semi-final matchup and SCL foe Fall River in a potential final, both on the road.

The Bears, seeded behind Los Molinos, would likely have to defeat the Bulldogs and number 1 seed East Nicolaus on the road to repeat as Northern Section Division 5 champs.

Last Tuesday, the Weed Cougars tuned up for the playoffs with a 66-41 romp over visiting Modoc Tuesday night at home. They jumped out to a 14-4 first-quarter lead and were never headed in getting their 17 the win of the year.

The harassing Cougar defense held the Braves to seven points below their season scoring average while outscoring them in every quarter but the third when, with a 33-13 lead, coach West gave the bench some playing time.

Senior guard Jivarqua Jordan-Foster is on a late-season scoring binge, putting up 21 points after scoring 24 against Fall River. He knocked down 3 three-pointers as the Cougars racked up 10 treys in the game.

Grant Lane scored 14 points, most of them in the paint, while brother Dallas hit two threes and scored eight points. Angel Nicholas sank three three-pointers for nine points and Tripp Rodriguez also had nine points.

Last Tuesday, Mount Shasta defeated Etna on the road 60-40. Darius Smith led MSHS with 16. points.