Arcata’s Garrett Hall finds a lane between two Eureka defenders during Arcata’s 73-46 win at Jay Willard Gymnasium, Thursday night. (Jose Quezada — For the Times-Standard)

Garrett Hall had 16 points — in the first half — and the Arcata boys basketball team shook its preseason scoring woes, scoring more than 70 points in regulation for just the second time this season as it eradicated the Eureka Loggers 73-46 in what was the Big 5 Conference opener for both teams, Thursday night at Eureka High’s Jay Willard Gymnasium.

Hall scored early and often for the Tigers, pouring in 16 points in the first half of Thursday’s road win. Whether breaking through Eureka’s full-court press or finding open shots within the Tigers half court offense, Hall took what he wanted.

“Hall did a great job of taking what he was given offensively tonight,” Scofield said. “He didn’t force anything.”

Arcata jumped out a 20-11 lead going into the second quarter and more than doubled it before heading into the break ahead 42-21. In addition to Hall’s output, Jason Tuermer-Lee had six points in the second quarter and Jocab Stoker, five.

Arcata’s defense shined in the third quarter as the visitors scored the first 13 points of the frame to take a 55-21 lead midway through third and put Eureka well away.

“I thought defensively we did a nice job of staying connected,” Scofield said.

Cahliel Garner lead Eureka with 14 points in the loss and was the only Logger to top 10 points. For Arcata, Niko Zambas hit double-figures with 11 points in the win.

Arcata will stay on the road as a Saturday night rivalry game against the McKinleyville Panthers is next on the Tigers’ docket.

“The kids will be excited and ready to play, that’s for sure,” Scofield said.

Things won’t get any easier for Eureka as it too will hit the road Saturday night for a tough matchup against the Fortuna Huskies in the Friendly City.

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