Tigers' hoops season ends in Division VI quarterfinal
The Dunsmuir Tigers' 2013 season came to an abrupt end Thursday night in Palo Cedro, where they fell to No. 2 seed Redding Christian, 61-36, in a Northern Section Division VI quarterfinal game.
Dunsmuir, seeded No. 10 in the 12-team postseason tournament, had knocked off No. 7 Princeton at Princeton two nights earlier.
The Tigers finished the season tied for second in the Evergreen League and 13-7 overall.
Redding Christian (22-5) is scheduled to play No. 3 Loyalton (15-7) in the Division VI semifinal round Tuesday, Feb. 26.
No. 1 Chester (23-5) will host No. 4 Paradise Adventist (21-6) in Tuesday's other semifinal.
Semifinal winners will play for the section championship March 1 at Chico State.
Redding Christian's Lions commanded Thursday night's quarterfinal, playing fast and sharp.
The Redding players were on the mark with long shots early, especially senior Garret Thompson, who hit four 3-pointers and scored 14 of his 16 points in the first quarter.
Trailing 25-9 after that first period, the Tigers seemed stunned. They shot many times and missed many times.
Senior Mason Mekeel, Dunsmuir's leading scorer most of the season, hit one long shot in the second quarter; Dayton Pepperdine made a basket; and Justin DeClusin sunk one of two free throw attempts to account for all of the Tigers' scoring in that period.
Dunsmuir trailed 33-15 at the half.
Mekeel roared in the third quarter, scoring 13 of his team's 15 points. But the Lions scored 17 points to take a 50-30 lead.
Neither team scored a point in the first two minutes of the fourth. Both the Lions and the Tigers played hard, offense and defense deadlocked. Mekeel shot several times but couldn't get the ball through the hoop, except for one three-pointer. He finished with a game-high 19 points.
Dunsmuir's final basket of the season was a 3-pointer by junior Jacob Dutra.
Senior Cody Hagedon scored 5 points for Dunsmuir, Dutra 3, senior James Adams 2, senior Orion McRee 2, junior Chris Headley 2, junior Dayton Pepperdine 2, and senior Justin DeClusin 1.
Thompson and fellow senior David Robinson both scored 16 points to lead Redding Christian, which came into the postseason after placing third in the Five Star Basketball League, a game behind co-champions Chester and Liberty Christian, the No. 1 seed in Division V.