By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
Aspirations of making a fruitful run in the postseason ended in disappointment for the Warriors Tuesday evening, losing 49-38 to Arcata at home in the first round of the Dick Niclai postseason tournament.
Matters were not helped with the loss of senior Scott Redmond, one of the Warriors' best scorers and rebounders, who did not suit up to play.
Head coach Blaine Lopez said Redmond was injured in last Friday's loss to Eureka and was unable to play Tuesday night, but declined to say what the injury was.
"It hurt not having Scott," he said. "He's one of our most consistent players."
Lopez felt his team had trouble with its inside game and rebounding without Redmond.
With the loss in the tournament, designed for the top teams in the Big 5 and Little 4, Del Norte will now have to wait to see if it gains a North Coast Section playoff berth.
But, Lopez said, a number of teams in the section have a stronger strength of schedule and record and he believes his team will not make it this year.
The Warriors finished with a regular season mark of 15-10 and a 5-3 mark in Big 5 play, taking second place.
In the first quarter, Del Norte came out a bit sluggish and did not seem to be at the top of its game.
Arcata, a good shooting team, capitalized and was able to take a 13-9 first-quarter lead.
In the second, Del Norte regrouped and played more in control, as the team tightened its defense and found open shots more frequently.
With the score tied at 18, senior Bryce Lund went inside and was fouled with 1:20 left in the half.
He made the free throw to give the Warriors a 21-18 lead.
At the half, the Warriors led the Tigers 23-21, holding Arcata to only eight second-quarter points.
Things started to fall apart for Del Norte in the third quarter as Arcata made key steals, executed its offense, making several open shots and shut down the Warriors' offense.
When the third quarter ended, the Warriors were down 37-28, having scored only five points to the Tigers' 16.
"You can't score five points in a quarter and win," Lopez said.
In the fourth quarter, the Warriors could not come back from the deficit, unable to contain the Tigers, or make shots.
In both the third and fourth, a source of contention amongst the crowd was with the referees.
On several calls against Del Norte, the crowd booed in unison and shouted out unflattering remarks about the referees skills, such as "put some glasses on."
Lund led the Warriors in scoring with 13 points. Cliff VanHook contributed nine points.
Will Stromberg scored 15 points for the Tigers.
Arcata will next face St. Bernard's in Eureka on Thursday.