BIG 5 ROUNDUP — Arcata Tigers take control after busy five days

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Action from Friday night’s game at Arcata High.

By Ray Hamill — The Arcata Tigers capped a busy week with another dominating performance on Friday night, winning a third league game in five days to take control in the standings.

After winning by five points at Fortuna on Monday, the Arcata boys rolled over McKinleyville by 22 points on Wednesday and they followed that with a comprehensive 65-36 victory over visiting Eureka on Friday.

The win lifts the Tigers to 3-0 in league play, with Fortuna (2-2), Del Norte (1-1) and McKinleyville (1-1) battling to keep pace.

“The fact that we played three league games in a week and came out 3-0, I couldn’t be more happy and pleased with them,” Arcata head coach Kellen Maynard said of his players.

In other Big 5 action on Friday night, the Huskies continued to rally with a comfortable 57-40 win over Del Norte at Fortuna.

The Fortuna boys were also playing a third game in five days and came away with a second straight win to get their championship ambitions back on track at the halfway stage of their league schedule.

Luke Moxon led the way for Arcata and scored a game-high 20 points, including an emphatic first-quarter slam dunk to put his team up 12-0, as the home team took control early.

Kalani Butor added 14 points and Dayquan Dunn had eight points in what was a well-balanced team performance that showcased the Tigers’ depth.

“It really was a complete team effort and team win,” said Maynard, who praised the play of Rowan Cromwell, Jared Pereira, Zach Bowen and Jack Biondo, each of whom contributed off the bench. “Because everybody contributed in some way.”

Bowen finished with five points, as the Tigers led 37-15 at halftime and never allowed the Loggers back into contention.

The sure-handed Brandon Bento-Jackson was an influential as ever for the home team at point guard and finished with four points, as did teammate Luke Lemke.

With the win, Arcata improved to 10-6 overall.

The Loggers, meanwhile, remain winless in league play and dropped to 0-3 (6-10 overall).

Jordan Urban scored a team-high nine points in the loss, while Jamin Gilbert finished with six points and Hans Chalmers, Kaiyani Dixon and Kaleb Green each chipped in five points.

At Fortuna, meanwhile, the Huskies led by as many as 21 on their way to a comfortable 17-point win, as they handed the Warriors their first league loss.

Russell Pascascio scored a game-high 20 points in the win, while teammate Jake Houseworth finished with 16 points and Alfonso Medina had nine.

The Huskies dominated the boards throughout and were able to create multiple second and third chances.

Kallen Barrote also contributed and finished with six points, while Cody Collins had five points and Donald Bickle four.

Merrick Crabb had a big night for the Warriors, who dropped to 8-10 overall and have not won two straight or lost two straight in over a month.

Crabb scored 18 points while teammate Ethan Thomas finished with nine points and Wyatt Robson six.

The Warriors, whose first two league games have come on the road, will try to bounce back with home games against Arcata and McKinleyville next week.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us and two tough opponents next week,” head coach Cris Rice said. “But we are looking forward to being at home.

“Gotta to give a lot of credit to (Huskies head coach (Norm (Sotomayor) and Fortuna. They came out with a more physical team.”

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