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PHS head basketball coach Tim Brubaker lays it out for the boys during a quick timeout what he is seeing from the sidelines.

Stats are in

Ricky Johnston, no. 22, aims to take control of the ball; Keegan Folchi is ready on guard. Photos by Mari Erin Roth

It takes time to enter stats into websites and volunteers for the extra duty are not always available, but we have some numbers from recent Portola Tiger games, so let’s take a look at who is doing what, where!

Portola vs. Modoc

The Tigers played in the Modoc Tournament just before the holidays. The boys faced the tourney-hosting Modoc Braves in the initial game of the series losing 65-56.

Keegan Folchi scored 19 points leading PHS. Austin Griffin scored 8 points, Dylan Gonsalves sank 6. Shane Curren, Mario Ruiz, JT Massey and Owen Bowling all scored 4 points. Chase Nielsen, Cody Callahan and Ricky Johnston also scored Tiger points.

Folchi landed three of his seven 3-pointers. Curren scored on one. Folchi was on fire sinking six of his six free throw opportunities!

Bowling and Curren led the clean-up action picking up five rebounds each. Gonsalves grabbed four for PHS. Every Tiger on the team picked up rebounds — nice work!

Fouls were high for the Tigers with Callahan hit with five, Johnston with four, Griffin with two and James Sampson, Ruiz, Nielsen and Owen Bowling all receiving one each.

Portola vs. Lakeview

In the Tigers’ second game at Modoc they took on the Lakeview Honkers to lose another really close game 59-56.

Top scoring came from Folchi with 12 points, Curran with 10 points, Johnston with 8 points, Callahan with 7 and Massey with 6. Everyone on the Tiger team scored: Gonsalves, Sampson, Ruiz, Griffin and Bowling. Go Tigers!

Folchi landed two 3-pointers and Curren hit one. Rounding out a great game, Curren scored five of his six free throw shots.

Johnston led Tiger rebounds with 11, Folchi picked up seven, Gonsalves, Callahan and Bowling all gathered four each. Curran, Ruiz and Massey also successfully worked the rebounds.

The game with Lakeview must have touched a nerve as the Tigers racked up a passel of personal fouls. Folchi and Gonsalves picked up three and Ruiz and Johnston each were credited with two.

Portola vs. Tulelake

Tiger Keegan Folchi, right, and Badger Clay Hammerich of Plumas Charter await the start of play.

In their third and final game in the tournament the boys lost in a tight game with the Tulelake Honkers, 89-81. Quarter scores tell a tale of determination by the PHS boys: 31-18 Tulelake, 47-36, 60-47 and the close final.

Leading Tigers’ scoring were juniors — Keegan Folchi and JT Massey, both scoring 20 big PHS points. Senior Ricky Johnston added 12 to the scoreboard, sophomore Dylan Gonsalves 7 points, senior Austin Griffin 5 points, sophomores Shane Curran, Mario Ruiz and Owen Bowling all added 4. Tiger junior Cody Callahan and sophomore James Sampson also scored for the Tigers.

Folchi solicited ooh’s and aah’s from the crowd with four 3-pointers in 10 attempts, Griffin landed one of one. Massey scored all four of his free throw opportunities.

Folchi led defensive rebounds with eight, Ruiz had a total of seven with five defense and two offense. Massey’s total was six as was Johnston’s. Sophomore Shane Curran picked up five. Bowling, Griffin, junior Chase Nielsen, sophomore James Sampson, Callahan and Gonsalves all picked up rebounds for a great team effort.

Next up

League play begins today, Jan. 9, for the Tigers as they take on the Biggs Wolverines at 6:30 p.m. in Portola.

Fans can enjoy a few home games in the coming weeks including a match Monday, Jan. 14, in a non-conference challenge at 7 p.m. with neighboring Loyalton Grizzlies.

A pair of league home games follow: Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Tigers will face CORE Butte; and Friday, Jan. 18, PHS faces the Maxwell Bulldogs. Both league games begin 6:30 p.m.

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