Tigers look for more consistency after loss to Foothill


Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Arcata’s Niko Zambas, who has been impressive this season for the Tigers, pictured in action against Hoopa on Friday night.

Inconsistency continues to cause some concern for the Arcata Tigers, as they get set for their Big 5 opener in boys basketball next week.

On Saturday, the Arcata boys saw their four-game winning streak come to an end in a 63-55 loss at home to Foothill.

The Tigers, who are 10-6, will host Ferndale in their final conference tune-up on Wednesday before tipping off the Big 5 at home to arch rivals McKinleyville on Friday.

And head coach Dusty Scofield is hoping to see more consistency from his players going forward.

“I thought we had moments where we played well, but we’re still looking for some consistency,” Scofield said after Saturday’s loss. 

“I think defensively at times we’ve been playing solid. We have some good individuals that are making plays.”

In what is expected to be a wide-open Big 5 this year, inconsistency could cost the Tigers or any other team a shot at the title.


Head coach Dusty Scofield and the Arcata bench look on during Friday’s game against Hoopa.

“Every league game is going to be important, and we have as good a chance as everybody else,” Scofield said.

The Tigers have a solid and experienced starting lineup featuring three seniors, including the ever-impressive Garrett Hall and Jack Taylor.

Fellow senior Niko Zambas has also emerged as a consistent threat in recent weeks, alongside freshman guard Brandon Bento-Jackson, who is enjoying a stellar debut campaign with the team.

Junior Mason Railsback rounds out a solid starting lineup and has also impressed through the early season, as has Marcus Bensen, who is seeing plenty of action of the bench.

“He gives us some good minutes off the bench with his ability to score inside and outside,” Scofield said of the versatile Bensen. 

Hall led the Tigers against a solid Foothill program on Saturday, finishing with 24 points, while Railsback added 10 points and Bensen six.

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    • Agree with Carlos, but coaches have to put players in a position to be successful too…what kind of offensive set plays, schemes, etc..gotta employ several offenses to use during the season…gotta teach players to drive and dish off, give and go, etc…players must practice free throws, jump shots on their own time…practices are for schemes, alignments, formations, execution…

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