All the top four seeds in the D6 tourney won, so the Cougars will face top seed Redding Christian Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in Palo Cedro, while Shasta Cascade League champ Fall River plays at Quincy. The two winners will play Saturday for the Divison 6 title at Shasta College in Redding.
The Weed High School boys hoop team moved on to the second round of the Northern Section Division 6 playoffs with an easy 92-66 win over a gritty but outmanned American Christian Academy team Thursday night at home.
Fans knew within a few minutes that the feisty but undersized Eagles weren’t going to get many rebounds against Weed’s talented front-court. The Cougars didn’t shoot well in the first quarter but had lots of second and third chance baskets after hauling down offensive rebounds.
They led 21-12 after a quarter with Jivarqua Jordan_Foster hitting a couple of threes and Grant Lane working the paint for 6 points. Six Cougars scored in the quarter while the Eagles only had four players put up points in the whole game.
Weed outscored ACA by 25 points over the next two quarters to put the game away. They led 76-42 after three quarters and probably could have scored a hundred had coach West left the starters in.
But in the interests of good sportsmanship and to give the second team some playoff experience, he substituted liberally, and 13 different Cougars scored.
The starters on the bench cheered as each little-used player got a basket.
West elevated a few JV’s to varsity, and Julio Garcia and Brandon Cordes held their own, scoring seven and six points respectively, while point guard Kobe Chanthavisouk handled the offense confidently.
While the Nelsons - Elijah, Luke, and Max - scored 54 of ACA’s 62 points, Weed sported a more balanced attack. The Cougar’s own brother team led the scoring with Grant Lane notching 14 points on the inside while “Mr. Outside”, Dallas Lane hit a couple of threes and mid-range jumpers for 13 points.
Nine Cougars scored at least six points as Donoven LaFortune, had 11, Tripp Rodriguez, 10, Tommy Pineda, nine, Jarrod Keen, eight, Julio Garcia, seven, Jivarqua Jordan-Foster and Brandon Cordes, six, all contributed to the easy win with Weed knocking down 11 three-pointers.
All the top four seeds in the D6 tourney won, so the Cougars will face top seed Redding Christian Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in Palo Cedro, while Shasta Cascade League champ Fall River plays at Quincy.
The two winners will play Saturday for the Divison 6 title at Shasta College in Redding.