Whittell boys b-ball makes season debut at Block F Tournament, takes third place
McARTHUR, Calif. — The Whittell boys basketball team made its season debut last Thursday, Dec. 3, at the 70th-annual Block F Tournament, and started its 2015 campaign with success. The Warriors played three games in three days at the tournament hosted by Fall River High, beating Trinity (Weaverville, Calif.) 63-59 on Saturday, Dec. 5, to claim third place.
Whittell (2-1) wrapped up tournament play with a 63-59 win over Trinity. The Warriors broke open the game in the second and third quarters to build a 17-point lead, then held off the Wolves (1-3) in the fourth quarter for the victory.
Senior Palmer Chaplin scored a game-high 25 points and added six assists on 6-of-17 shooting in Saturday’s win. Senior Quinn Kixmiller had a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, senior Colin Buchholz finished with nine points and six rebounds, junior Dismas Womack added seven points and 10 rebounds, and sophomore Caleb Moretti pulled down eight boards.
In the semifinals on Friday, Dec. 4, Whittell fell to host and eventual champion Fall River 81-69. The Warriors and Bulldogs went back and forth for three quarters before Fall River outscored Whittell 27-11 in the final frame to win by double digits.
Chaplin scored a game-high 26 points and dished out six assists in the loss. Womack added 18 points and nine rebounds on 8-of-14 shooting, Kixmiller finished with seven points and six rebounds, Buchholz had six points and six boards and Moretti added six points.
Fall River had five players score in double figures in the semifinal win, led by Justin Vigil’s team-high 20 points. The Bulldogs won their three tournament games by an average of 16 points en route to the title.
Whittell opened the tournament with a 72-65 win over Big Valley (Bieber, Calif.) on Thursday, Dec. 3. The Warriors took a one-point lead into the fourth quarter in their season debut, and kept the Cardinals at a distance down the stretch to secure the win.
Chaplin led the Warriors with 25 points and six assists, and Buchholz added 21 with four 3-pointers. Womack totaled seven points and eight rebounds and Moretti finished with seven points and 10 rebounds.
The Warriors return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 9, when they open play in the Whittell Tournament against Incline. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
WHITTELL GIRLS FINISH 1-3 AT GREENVILLE TOURNAMENT
GREENVILLE, Calif. — The Whittell girls basketball team opened its 2015 season with mixed results at the Greenville Tournament. The Warriors won one of four games at the tournament, downing host Greenville (Calif.) 45-22 on Friday, Dec. 4, for their lone win.
Whittell (1-3) opened the tournament with a 44-25 loss to Redding Christian (Palo Cedro, Calif.). The Warriors had a 14-10 lead at halftime before the Lions got rolling to win going away.
Following a win over Greenville on Friday, the Warriors lost to Loyalton (Calif.) 60-25 after falling in a 25-2 hole after the first quarter. Whittell concluded tournament play on Saturday, Dec. 5, with a 57-21 loss to Burney (Calif.), who improved to 5-0 with the win.
The Warriors return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 9, when they open play in the Whittell Tournament against Incline. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.