South Fork splits with Wallace takes third in Tejon tournament

Photo by Christina Denys / Special to the Sun – Eight grader Derrick Hinkey, of South Fork Middle School, completes a layout in a recent game against rival Woodrow Wallace Middle School.

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The South Fork boys’ basketball teams ended the week with two big wins and a loss. On Tuesday, the Mustangs traveled to Ridgecrest to take on St. Ann’s and came away with the win 15 to 9. Caleb Campbell and Michael Hake led the scoring with 6 points each while Timmy Munz added two and Matthew Hake had one point.

On Thursday, the Mustangs visited cross valley rival Wallace where the boys split their two games. In the first game the Wallace Junior Varsity proved to be too much for the Mustangs as they found themselves down 11 to 32. Munz had 5 points, while Matthew Hake, Kyle Denys, and Michael Hake each chipped in with 2 points.

The much anticipated Varsity game proved to be a thriller as Wallace led the entire game until the final two minutes. Both teams could not find the basket in the first half that ended with the Colts on top 6 to 8. In the third quarter the teams traded baskets and the score was 14 to 17. In the fourth quarter, South Fork figured out the Colts zone defense, and started finding the hoop. They came back from a deficit to win 25 to 22. Derrick Hinkey again led all scorers with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Denys added 8 points and 11 rebounds, and Michael Hake rounded out the scoring with 4 points.

On Saturday, the Mustang Varsity traveled to Frazier Mtn. High School for the El Tejon Basketball Tournament and took away third place honors. The bracketing had South Fork playing Wallace for the second time in a week, and again they won the game 19 to 14. Playing three games in a row without a break, the Mustangs lost the next two 14 – 25 to Heritage and 29 – 38 to Valley. The final game saw South Fork easily defeat El Tejon 41 – 9. Every player on South Fork scored in the tournament with top honors going to Hinkey with 36 points and Denys with 29 points.

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