De Norte boys win pivotal Big 5 clash

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In head coach Marc Slayton’s words, the Del Norte Warriors “outlasted” the Arcata Tigers in a pivotal Big 5 showdown in boys basketball in Crescent City on Friday night.

In a clash of the league’s two unbeaten heavyweights, the Warriors pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 49-35 win, improving to 3-0 in conference and 14-1 overall.

Kobe Mitchell and Anthony Slayton both had big nights for the home team, each scoring nine points, with Mitchell stepping up when starting point guard Damian Dowd got in foul trouble.

Kaleb Price also continued to play a big role for the red-hot Warriors, grinding on defense and scoring eight points, six of them in the second half.

“He was our unsung hero,” Marc Slayton said.

The game was a defensive battle.

“We’re either two really good defensive teams or two very poor offensive teams, because neither team could get into any rhythm,” the Del Norte head coach said. “We just outlasted them in the fourth quarter.”

Dowd had a team-high 10 points despite the foul trouble, while Omar Banuelos was held to seven points by Arcata guard Mason Railsback.

The Del Norte senior, however, did just as effective a job on the dangerous Railsback.

“Mason did a heck of a job guarding him,” Marc Slayton said. “And in return Omar did a heck of a job guarding Mason. He held him to five points.”

Garrett Hall scored nine to lead the Tigers, who dropped to 2-1 in the Big 5 and 13-7 overall. Jack Taylor added eight points for Arcata and Niko Zambas five.

Alex Dodson also scored four for Del Norte.

“It was a complete team effort,” Marc Slayton said.

Del Norte also won the JV game by a score of 47-42, and took the freshman game 54-50, to sweep the night.

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