Ray Hamill/HumboldtSports.com – Arcata’s Garrett Hall

The Arcata Tigers will host several games in boys basketball this weekend, as they finalize preparation for next week’s Big 5 tip-off.

First up, the Arcata boys will play a triple-header against Hoopa on Friday, with the freshmen getting the action under way at 3:30 p.m., followed by the JVs at 5 and varsity at 6:30.

A busy weekend continues on Saturday afternoon, when the varsity team plays Foothill at 4 p.m.

The varsity and JV teams have enjoyed plenty of early-season success, with the elder boys 9-5 after closing out last weekend’s Marin Catholic tournament with three straight wins.

After opening the holiday tournament with a loss to Mission Prep, the Tigers rattled off three straight victories over Westmoor, Terra Linda and Urban.

Arcata got the better of Urban 63-58 on Monday to claim the tournament consolation.

Garrett Hall scored a team-high 21 points in the win, while Marcus Bensen finished with 15 points, Niko Zambas 14 and Brandon Jackson-Bento eight.

The Tigers open league play next Friday at home to McKinleyville.

The Warriors open the Little 4 at St. Bernard’s, also next Friday.

The Arcata JV team, meanwhile is 8-2, according to MaxPreps.

The Tigers have won five of their last six games, including beating Eureka (twice), McKinleyville and St. Bernard’s.


Ray Hamill writes at humboldtsports.com, where you can read lots more about sports in Humboldt County.