BASKETBALL

Mount Shasta boys have SCL hoops title in their sights

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Daylon Blakely, shown shooting during the Bears' win against Weed Jan. 28 in Mount Shasta, made 3 three-pointers and led the team with 17 points in a win at Fall River Tuesday, Feb. 4.

As the three teams behind them trade wins and losses, the Mount Shasta Bears have taken command of the Shasta Cascade League.

A 66-59 victory at Fall River Tuesday night gave the Bears a 12-game win streak and three game lead with four SCL games to play.

Mount Shasta (8-0, 18-1) can clinch a tie for the league title with a win at Trinity Friday night. The Bears then play back-to-back games against the two teams at the bottom of the standings, Etna (0-8) and Burney (2-6), before finishing at Weed.

Weed and Modoc are both 5-3 in league; Trinity is 4-3.

The Bears pulled away from that pack in the last two weeks with back-to-back wins over Weed and Modoc, followed by Weed's win at Modoc Tuesday night.

"We don't mind letting them battle it out," Bears coach Cliff Blakely said of his team's closest SCL foes.

The Bears had a battle on their hands Tuesday at Fall River where, with the Bulldogs playing a zone defense, they missed 10 of their 13 three-point shot attempts in the first half.

Fall River led 16-11 after one quarter and 27-20 at half time.

"It was our cold shooting and good defense by them," Blakely said.

The Bears' shots started falling in the second half. They made 6 three-pointers and scored 23 points in both the third and fourth quarters.

"And we picked up our defensive pressure," Blakely added.

Mount Shasta took its first lead of the game at the end of the third quarter, 43-42.

The lead grew in the final period but Blakely said Fall River cut it to 3 points with just under a minute to play on "a deep three" by junior Tanner Gallion.

Layups by Clay Ferguson and Daylon Blakely helped the Bears pull away down the stretch.

It also helped that they made 6 of 6 free throw attempts late in the game.

Daylon finished 3 three-pointers and 17 points.

Ferguson scored 10 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, 16 of them on the defensive boards.

Cesar Gonzalez made 3 three-point shots to tally 14 points. He had a team-high 7 assists.

Brandon Acord made 2 threes and scored 14; John Clemens made a three and scored 9.

Mount Shasta is scheduled to play its final regular season home game against Etna Tuesday, Feb. 11.

They'll play at Burney Feb. 18 and at Weed Feb. 21.

"We've just got to keep getting better," coach Blakely said.