BOYS BASKETBALL — Big 5 teams continue to roll

File photo – McKinleyville head coach Sonny Tripp and his players look on during a game against Fortuna earlier in the week. The Panthers have won three straight.

The Del Norte Warriors got the better of an in-form St. Bernard’s team on Thursday night, improving to 4-1 with an impressive 64-43 win in Crescent City.

In other games on Thursday, McKinleyville beat Eureka 67-61 with another big night for T-Ryan Stumpf, while Fortuna won comfortably at Hoopa, 76-35, and Arcata remained unbeaten with a 64-25 win over South Fork.

The Del Norte boys broke open a tight game with a big second half, outscoring the Crusaders 43-22 over the final two quarters.

Kaleb Price continued his very impressive season with a double-double in the win, finishing with 19 points and 12 rebounds and keeping his team in the game almost singlehandedly in the opening half.

“He carried us in that first half,” head coach Marc Slayton said of Price, who scored 15 of his tally before halftime. “He did exactly what we ask out of our seniors.”

Teammate Judson Pincombe scored a game-high 21 points and was key in getting his team going after the interval, scoring all of his points on 3-pointers in the second half.

Edwin Zepeda added 14 points and Peyton Swan finished with six.

Lito Pabalate continued to impress for the visitors, scoring a team-high 17 points, while Owen Shanahan added nine points.

Drew Vizenor also had nine points, all of them on 3-pointers early in the second half as he did his best to keep his team in the game.

The Crusaders are now 3-2.

The Warriors host Eureka on Friday on Senior Night, while St. Bernard’s hosts Arcata on Saturday.

McKinleyville 67, Eureka 61

Stumpf scored a game-high 21 points, including three 3-pointers, as the Panthers rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit with a big second half to win their third straight game and their second straight against Big 5 opposition.

Jack Clancy added 17 points in the win for the 3-1 Mack boys, while Charlie Campbell and Connor Alto each scored six.

Jordan Brown and Braden Craven also had five points each in the win.

For Eureka, which dropped to 1-3, Donovan Millender scored a team-high 19 points, while Caden Vance added 11, Hans Chalmers nine and Evan Hodges seven.

Arcata 64, South Fork 25

The Tigers improved to 5-0 and are the only remaining undefeated team in H-DNL boys basketball.

Kai Purcell scored a game-high 17 points in the win, while teammate Brandon Bento-Jackson added 11 points and Marcus Bensen and Alex Jioras had eight points each.

The dominating Tigers outscored the visitors in each of the four quarters.

Aidan Atkins added seven points in the win and Sam Trewartha had five.

For South Fork, Alex Harding had eight points, Graham McConnell had six and Tanner Curran five.

Fortuna 76, Hoopa 35

Fortuna’s Matt Berti had one of the best nights of his basketball career as the Huskies improved to 2-1 with a comfortable win at Hoopa.

The multi-sport athlete scored a team-high 15 points and was one of several Fortuna players to impress, as the visitors made their height advantage count against the young Warriors.

Branson Gans had a double-double in the win, finishing with13 points and 10 rebounds, while Chaz Schlesinger added 13 points and eight boards and Keith Chittendon 10 points.

Senior Bo Cox also continued to impress with eight points, 10 rebounds and six assists, while Angel Ornelas added nine points and had another strong performance at the defensive end.

Talon Borden scored a team-high 13 points for Hoopa.

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