The Arcata Tigers ended a three-game losing skid with a comfortable 80-60 win over Hoopa Valley on day two of the Logger Classic on Friday.
The Tigers opened up a double-digit lead in the opening quarter and held a high-octane Hoopa team at bay the remainder of the way.
It was a dramatic turnaround from the previous day for the Tigers, who came out much more fired up, scoring 25 first-quarter points, 23 more than they managed against Dougherty Valley on Thursday.
“I thought we shot better, and I thought we had moments when we executed and played like a unit,” Arcata head coach Dusty Scofield said.
Hunter Santsche led the way with 18 points for the Tigers, with teammate Jaden Gorge adding 12 points.
The Warriors lost for the second straight day, and were held to their lowest scoring total of the young season.
George Novarro still had a huge day, finishing with 34 points, while teammate Denis Young had 11 and George Nixon five.
Jason Tuermer-Lee also had a good day for the Tigers, finishing with 12 points, while Garrett Hall added 11.
Arcata, however, remains a work in progress, according to the head coach.
“I think the team has been receptive, but we still have a long way to go,” Scofield.
Consistency remains a concern for the Tigers, who had 22 turnovers, and the coach says he would also like to see more mental toughness on defense.
With the win, the Tigers improve to 3-5, while Hoopa drops to 7-3.
Fortuna 77, Eureka 46
The Huskies comfortably posted their 10th win of the season in their 10th game, topping their Big 5 rivals by 31 points.
Donald Willis scored a game-high 24 points in the win, with teammate Drew Gillette adding 20.
The Huskies will play for their third tournament championship in three weeks on Saturday.
St. Bernard’s 51, Clear Lake 71
The Crusaders fell to an in-form Clear Lake team in a non-tournament game at St. Bernard’s on Friday night.
Lane Thrap scored a team-high 15 points for St. Bernard’s, while teammate Luke Fairfield had 14 points.
“We went down early and never could quite recover,” St. Bernard’s head coach Steve Thrap said. “We did not walk on the court ready to play, which is the coaches fault. We need to have them better prepared next time.”
The Crusaders (3-2) host Round Valley on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Clear Lake improved to 8-1.