The Del Norte Warriors posted an impressive non-league win at St. Bernard’s on Wednesday night, while senior Jordin Bourne remained red hot for the Fortuna Huskies, who got their first league win.
Also on Wednesday, the Arcata Tigers defeated McKinleyville 80-59 to move back into a tie with Del Norte atop the Big 5 standings.
Bourne, a senior guard, has been on fire the past three games and finished with 28 points in a 65-60 victory at Eureka, the Huskies’ first win over the Loggers in three matchups this season.
The points tally matches his career best, which he set in a loss to McKinleyville last week, and Bourne now has 81 points in the last three games.
Teammates Alfonso Medina and Russell Pascascio each also had a big night and finished with 10 points each in the win, as the Huskies overcame an eight-point halftime deficit with a big second half.
Omar Alvarado added eight points for the Huskies, who improved to 1-5 in the Big 5 and 9-14 overall, while Dylan Moorehead-O’Laughlin chipped in seven points.
The Loggers were led by Caden Vance, who continued to impress with a team-high 20 points.
Jordan Urban added nine points, while Donovon Millender and Jamin Gilbert each had eight points and Makai Boults chipped in seven points.
With the loss, the Loggers dropped to 1-5 in the Big 5 and 7-13 overall.
Del Norte 51, St. Bernard’s 42
Edwin Zepeda stepped up big down the stretch for the Warriors, who came from behind late in the third quarter to pull out an impressive non-league win at St. Bernard’s.
The senior standout scored a game-high 19 points as the Warriors improved to 14-4 on the season.
Nani Scott added 10 points in the win, while teammate Adriel Horton continued to impress with eight points.
The Crusaders, who dropped to 13-6, were led by Drew Vizenor, who finished with 16 points.
“Drew was consistent as usual. He’s a basketball player,” said St. Bernard’s head coach Issac Gildea, who also praised the Warriors’ coaching.
Under first-year head coach Chris Rice, the Del Norte boys are tied for the lead in the Big 5 heading into the final eight days of league play.
Aidan Dorsch and Seth Dyer each added nine points for St. Bernard’s, while Owen Shanahan finished with eight points.