By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
A 34-point win after two loses can do wonders for a team's confidence.
Tuesday night, the Del Norte boys basketball squad rolled to a 76-42 win over Hoopa at the Rotary Warrior Classic, the first home game of the young season.
Del Norte (4-3), was coming off two loses at a tournament in Yreka.
"It makes a big difference when you shoot well," head coach Blaine Lopez said. "It makes the game a whole lot easier."
Instead of playing without a spark, as Lopez felt his team did the past two games, Del Norte played with a lot of energy, hustle and teamwork.
Lopez was pleased how his starters were able to take a big lead early and how his bench contributed substantially to the victory.
"It was a complete team effort," he said.
Hoopa had no answer for Del Norte, who were able to dominate from the start and never trailed in the game.
Michael Daniels led all Del Norte Warrior scorers with 15, including three three-pointers. Scott Redmond and Saxon Schultz each scored 10.
Del Norte next plays Yreka at 8:30 p.m Thursday. They conclude the tournament with games against Yreka and Brookings/Harbor (Ore.).
While Lopez was glad with the end result, he said more work still needs to be done and the team needs to remain sharp and focused.
In junior varsity action, Del Norte defeated Hoopa 58-30.