Cougars and Bears romp in playoff openers

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Mount Shasta sophomore John Clemens, who moved up to the varsity late in the season, scored all of his 15 points in the second half of the Bears' first round Northern Section playoff victory Wednesday night, Feb. 20, 2013 in Mount Shasta.

As has been the case all season, the Weed and Mount Shasta boys basketball teams had similar results in the first round of the Northern Section Division V playoffs Wednesday night – both winning easily on their home courts.

No. 3 Weed defeated Quincy 70-38 to improve its record to 22-5. The Cougars are scheduled to host No. 6 Hamilton (17-10) in a quarterfinal game Friday night, Feb. 22.

No. 4 Mount Shasta (20-6) found its offense in the third quarter and scored 48 second-half points for a 70-41 win over No. 13 Durham. The Bears are scheduled to host No. 5 Pierce (18-6) in the quarterfinals Friday night.

Weed and Mount Shasta tied for second behind Modoc in the 2013 Shasta Cascade League and tied for first in the Division V final rankings. They split a pair of tight head-to-head games, each winning on the other's home court.

Now they'll both need to get by top Sacramento Valley League teams to advance to the semifinal round, which is scheduled for next Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Pierce shared the SVL championship with Live Oak (a larger Division IV school), while Hamilton finished two games back in third place.

No. 13 Los Molinos (9-17) played Pierce to a 31-31 tie after three quarters Wednesday night before Pierce pulled out a 49-43 first round victory.

Hamilton defeated No. 11 Trinity (12-14), an SCL team that Weed defeated three times during the regular season.

All the higher seeds won in the first round of the Division V tournament.

No. 2 Modoc (21-4) defeated No. 15 Williams, 67-37. Modoc advances to host No. 7 Portola (12-11), a 65-61 first round winner over No. 10 East Nicolaus.

No. 1 Liberty Christian (20-7) flew past a 16th seeded Esparto team that won only one game all season, 91-21. Liberty moves into the quarterfinals to host No. 8 Biggs (14-12), which rallied from a 29-23 half time deficit to knock off No. 9 Tulelake, 56-45.