BOYS BASKETBALL — Tigers cruise in season opener at Hoopa

File photo – Brandon Bento-Jackson

The best team on the North Coast last season is off to an impressive start this season.

The Arcata Tigers tipped off the new campaign at Hoopa on Friday evening, running out to a comfortable 85-22 win over a very short-handed Warriors team, which was missing several players.

Kai Purcell scored a game-high 24 points in the win, and helped take control of the game along with teammate Brando Bento-Jackson, who had 15 points.

“Brandon and Kai were awesome,” head coach Kellen Maynard said. “They set the tempo tonight right from the get-go.”

Isiah Levy also had a big night, scoring 15, while Alex Jioras chipped in 12 points.

The Tigers, who had just eight players on hand for the opener, led 29-4 after the first period and never looked back.

“It was a good team effort,” said Maynard, who expects to have his full roster on hand over the next couple of weeks. “We’ve only had six or seven guys at practice, so it really has been a group effort.”

Josiah Gomez added 10 points in the win and Sam Trewartha had nine.

The Tigers won’t be in action again for two weeks, when they play at the McKinleyville tournament.

Hoopa was missing several players who were on junior and senior college trips and brought a number of JV players up for the game.

Junior Brian Gulley impressed at guard in the loss and new head coach Roman Hutt was pleased with his team’s effort despite the score.

“I was most proud of how they worked throughout the entire game,” he said.

Eureka Alumni Game set for Saturday

New Eureka boys coach Jimmy Rodgers will get a first look at this year’s team in competitive action on Saturday when the Loggers host their annual alumni game.

Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. at Jay Willard Gymnasium.

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