Arcata

Second-half surge lifts Tigers past the Loggers

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Photos by Ray Hamill/HumboldtSports.com – Arcata’s Niko Zambas in action on Wednesday night.

By Ray Hamill — The Arcata Tigers found their touch from downtown in the third quarter on Wednesday night, as they took control of their Big 5 boys basketball showdown at home to Eureka.

Niko Zambas and Garrett Hall each nailed two 3-pointers in the period to help the home team pull away from the Loggers, and the Tigers were able to hold on for a 54-42 win.

It was a good night defensively for the Arcata boys, who had to overcome a physical Eureka team and are now 2-0 in the Big 5 and 13-6 overall.

“Any time you can get a Big 5 win, it’s big,” Arcata head coach Dusty Scofield said afterwards.

Zambas finished with a game-high 16 points, including four 3-pointers, and seemed to give his team a lift every time the Loggers were threatening to close the gap.

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Arcata’s Marcus Bensen blocks a shot during Wednesday’s game.

Likewise with Hall, who finished with 13 points, including his two big third-quarter 3-pointers, while Brandon Bento-Jackson added 10 points and Marcus Bensen nine.

Bento-Jackson, who hit on 5 of 7 free throws, continued to impress at point guard, and his play alongside Zambas was a big difference on the night.

“I thought Niko Zambas and Brandon did a nice job controlling their guards defensively,” Scofield said.

The Arcata boys outscored Eureka 16-10 in the third quarter to double a six-point halftime lead, and there was no way back for the Loggers after that.

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Eureka’s Miles Meynell

For Eureka, the loss was the third straight to start league play.

Miles Meynell and Jackson Giacone each scored a team-high nine points in the loss, while Jaeden Thayer and Grant Barerra each added six points and Trevor Bell four.

With the loss, the Eureka boys are now 11-7 overall.

Next up on Friday night, the Tigers travel to play Del Norte with the Big 5 lead on the line, while the Loggers will try to get their first league win at McKinleyville.

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