PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP — Tigers, Warriors both win; JV champs crowned


File photo – Arcata’s Brandon Bento-Jackson

Two days after their epic showdown at Arcata High, both the Tigers and Del Norte Warriors each closed out conference play with a win in boys basketball on Thursday.

Arcata won 63-45 at Fortuna, while Del Norte defeated McKinleyville 61-33.

In other games, St. Bernard’s secured the Little 4 championship outright with a 60-52 win at home to South Fork.

In JV action, Del Norte and Arcata were crowned co-champs after each closed out the Big 5 with a 7-1 record.

Both teams had to win on the final night, with Del Norte getting the better of McKinleyville 70-36, and Arcata defeating Fortuna 62-57.

Del Norte 61, McKinleyville 33

It was senior night for the league champions, and all six in the class contributed as the Warriors closed out the Big 5 with a perfect 8-0 record.

The win was also the team’s 20th for the season, to go with just one loss, the Warriors’ most wins in a season since going 21-6 in 2011.

Seniors Damian Dowd, Alex Dodson, Kobe Mitchell, Anthony Slayton, Omar Banuelos and Eli Larson were each honored before tip-off.

“We’ve been a very senior dominant team,” head coach Marc Slayton said. “And it’s a group that has done well.”

Dodson scored a game-high 13 points, while Banuelos finished with 11 and Slayton nine.

Levi Cox Cooley and Edwin Zepeda each chipped in five.

“We came out and played really well,” the head coach said. “We played with energy in front of a home crowd on senior night, and everybody got to play and everybody got to contribute.”

Jack Clancy scored a team-high nine points for the Panthers, who closed out league play at 1-7.

Michael Boatright added seven points and Max Combs six.

Arcata 63, Fortuna 45

The Arcata boys quickly got back to winning ways as they get set for next week’s Dick Niclai tournament.

The Tigers close out the Big 5 with a 6-2 record and earn the No. 2 seed, setting up a Monday showdown at home to No. 3 Eureka.

With the loss, the Huskies finish fourth in the Big 5 and will miss out on the league tournament.

Garrett Hall scored a team-high 16 points for Arcata, which improved to 17-8 overall, while Mason Railsback added 10 points and Brandon Bento-Jackson nine.

Jacob Stoker and Jack Taylor each chipped in seven points.

For Fortuna, which dropped to 10-16 overall, Fernando Atilano scored a team-high 16 points, Branson Gans eight and Jaden Kelley seven.

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