After opening up Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 league play with a 2-1 record, the Del Norte boys basketball team will take a one-game break from the rigors of the HDN Big 5 with a game against Hoopa tonight.
The Del Norte bench cheers on the action on the court during the Warriors’ win over Eureka. Del Norte Triplicate file photo
The Warriors (8-6) are expecting a difficult contest against Hoopa (13-4), which enters the game on a four-game winning streak.
Hoopa averages 62.3 points per game, including 21.9 points from center Milton Stewart.
“I am familiar with their coach. He coached at Fortuna before,” said Del Norte head coach Blaine Lopez. “They also have a really good post player. They are going to get after it. That is one thing that they will always do. They get in your face, they will shoot a lot of threes and it is a tough place to play in.”
Although Del Norte knows it is in for a difficult road test, the Warriors also have conference juggernaut Fortuna waiting in the wings Thursday. Since the game against Fortuna will impact league standings, the Warriors are keeping one eye on the future.
“We are preparing for Thursday night, because that is a league game,” Lopez said. “But no disrespect to Hoopa, we are not overlooking them. Our thing is we want to do what we do. We want to make sure we take care of the ball, make sure we defend and make sure that we are running our stuff the best that we can in preparation for Thursday.”