Arcata boys win another close one at Mack tourney

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Action from Friday’s game.

The Arcata Tigers will play for the McKinleyville tournament championship on Saturday after rallying to beat a very athletic Lincoln team 65-62 on Friday.

Trailing by six at halftime, the Tigers put together a big second half to pull out a second straight win in tournament play in what was a highly-entertaining game.

“That was one of the better basketball games I’ve ever been a part of,” Arcata head coach Kellen Maynard said.

Kai Purcell scored a team-high 20 points in the win, as the Tigers improved to 3-0 on the season, while teammate Brandon Bento-Jackson added 19 points and Josiah Gomez 12.

“I would say what impressed me the most was our defensive intensity,” Maynard said. “Our defensive intensity tonight for the whole game was night and day from last night.”

Early in the season the Tigers are making a habit of winning close games and coming up big late in the fourth quarter.

“This group is just resilient,” Maynard said.

The Tigers will play for the championship at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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