By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
The Del Norte High boys basketball team proved Tuesday night that it could win the big game away from home, defeating Arcata 51-48 in overtime.
"It was a dog fight but we played really well," head coach Blaine Lopez said, adding while it wasn't very pretty in patches, he'll gladly take a win on the road any day.
With teams so evenly matched in the Big 5 Conference, every conference victory counts, Lopez said.
With the win, the Warriors jumped to a perfect 2-0 Big 5 record and improved to 11-6 overall.
The game started out well for the Warriors, who shot fairly well and played tough defense.
By the end of the first quarter, Del Norte led 14-11.
In the second quarter, the Warriors sputtered a little bit and let the Tigers back into the game as Arcata went on a 8-0 run. By the end of the half, the score was tied up at 23 apiece, Lopez said.
In the third quarter, Arcata was able to come out sharp in front of its home crowd and took a nine point lead.
"They really jumped on us," Lopez said.
But the Warriors would not back down and battled back, with the game going back and forth throughout the third and fourth quarters.
With less than a minute remaining in regulation, the score was knotted up at 41-41. Neither team could get a shot in and the game went into overtime.
In the overtime period, the Warriors came out and were able to get two baskets by Scott Redmond to take a 45-41 lead.
Arcata was able to come back and make it close before Del Norte was able to pull away for the victory.
Redmond and Bryce Lund both scored 17 each in the win.
Lopez said his entire team worked as a unit and made key plays when it was needed in the game.
He also commended his team for fighting back from its third quarter deficit
"We could have fell further behind, but we battled back," he said. "We stayed composed."
Lopez said his squad needs to continue to play well if it want to stay competitive in the Big 5.
The Warriors play at home Thursday night at 7:30 p.m versus McKinleyville.
The junior varsity squad won its match versus Arcata, while the freshman boys lost.