Warriors wear down the Wildcats in season opener

The Del Norte boys tipped off the new H-DNL basketball season on a winning note on Tuesday, getting the better of Ferndale 54-28.

Judson Pincombe scored a game-high 15 points to lead the way, with Kaleb Price scoring 10 and Peyton Swan eight.

The Warriors got some help from some of their bench players to get going late in the first quarter, particularly Wyatt Robson and Konner Price.

“We really got a boost from our bench,” head coach Marc Slayton said. “They came in and got a few points and had a few assists, and that kind of got us started.”

Emmitt Albee led the way for the Wildcats, scoring seven points, with Lane Branstetter adding six and Garrett Christiansen and Javier Lopez five apiece.

Del Norte comes into the new season without an experienced true point guard, but Caleb Dodson is taking up the role and did a good job in the opener, according to his coach.

“He did a pretty good job of leading our team,” Slayton said of the junior, who missed all of last season through injury.

The Warriors’ physical presence and size also played a big role in Tuesday’s win.

“Our size just kind of wore them down, and we were able to get some second and third opportunities from it,” Slayton said.

The players are glad to be back, even for a short three-week season.

“What I like about them is their enthusiasm,” Slayton added. “They come to basketball practice every day and I think they realize what they lost and are just glad to have it back,” the coach said. “And we’re starting to build some camaraderie.”

The Warriors continue their season at home to Hoopa on Wednesday night.


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