The Del Norte varsity boys basketball team advanced to the championship game of the Fort Bragg Holiday Invitational Tournament with a 57-45 victory over the host Fort Bragg Timberwolves Friday evening. The Warriors will face The Nueva School of San Mateo in Saturday’s championship game, with tip-off scheduled for 8 p.m.
Although the Warriors remained stingy defensively from the opening tip in Friday’s semifinal victory, it took some time for the offense to catch up. However, after clinging to a tenuous 30-27 lead after three quarters, the Warrior offense exploded for 27 points in the fourth quarter to break things open and give themselves a cushion.
Omar Banuelos led the Warriors with 21 points, all of them coming in the second half. Judson Pincombe scored nine of his 15 points in the second half, while Damien Dowd and Kobe Mitchell added eight and seven points respectively.