FARMINGTON — Playing for the second time in as many games, the outcome wasn't any different between Shiprock and Piedra Vista boys' basketball.
The score was a bit closer, but Piedra Vista (4-4) fell to Shiprock (6-3) once again. Three days after beating the PV Panthers 63-40, the Shiprock Chieftains defeated the Panthers 67-61.
"That was a great ball game," said Shiprock head coach Chester H. Atcitty Jr. "We made enough corrections and survived."
Shiprock struggled with turnovers in the final minutes of the game, and Atcitty had to use some timeouts to give his players some time to breath.
"We didn't have crisp passes when they pressured us," Atcitty said. "I had to call some timeouts and tell them not to panic, stay within the game and stay focused. We had a few kids I never took out of the game, so they needed some oxygen. They showed mental toughness."
Piedra Vista wanted to contain Shiprock guard Hiram Gleason more on Tuesday night than they did when he scored 18 in Saturday's win. Gleason finished the game with 12 points, but Justin Begay, who had 21 points Saturday, recorded 24 more in Tuesday's win.
"Justin noticed we were trying to bottle Hiram up and took over the game," said PV head coach Adam Huff. "We was 4-for-4 from the line, hit four 3-pointers and made four shots from the floor. You could definitely say it was well-rounded."
Piedra Vista did a better job driving to the basket, something Huff said the Panthers made a conscious effort of doing.
"Orion Kaminky really led the charge getting to the basket, and everyone else kind of followed suit," Huff said.
Kaminky finished the game with 12 points. Alonzo Araiza led PV with 15 points, and Troy Dixon contributed 13 more.
Shiprock never went to a man defense, staying in a zone the entire night.
"We wanted the guys to stay on their toes and try to get hands in the passing lanes. If they got the ball inside, we just wanted to challenge them," Atcitty said.
Piedra Vista won't play again until Dec. 26 when the Panthers begin play in the Poe Corn Tournament in Roswell.
Shiprock hosts a round-robin tournament this Thursday through Saturday, beginning with a game against District 1-3A rival Bloomfield on Thursday night.
"We have some tough games with Bloomfield, Taos and Aztec. We want to hang in there and take it one game at a time," Atcitty said.
Durango 41, Farmington 29
The Farmington Scorpions couldn't get past Durango on Tuesday night in Colorado.
The Durango Demons defeated the Scorps 41-29 to hand Farmington its fourth consecutive loss. Durango led just 17-16 at halftime thanks to a 3-point basket just before the end of the second quarter, but a rough third quarter cost the Scorpions.
"The third quarter really got us. They started on an 18-2 run," said FHS head coach Paul Corley. "We are still young and in the growing stages trying to find the right combinations, and we didn't have it."
Three FHS players fouled out in the game. Foul trouble at the guard position hurt the Scorps, Corley said.
The Scorps didn't have any player score in double figures. Jared Tschetter led the team with six points.
Farmington (1-7) doesn't play again until the Poe Corn Tournament in Roswell beginning Dec. 26.
"This time off is really going to be important," Corley said. "The next seven to eight practices will help us get our football kids into the rotation. We can step back and look at everything and try to put this puzzle together. We will work hard and get after it."
Kirtland Central 54, Miyamura 33
A strong second half pushed Kirtland Central to a win in Gallup on Tuesday night.
The Kirtland Central Broncos led the Miyamura Patriots by just five points at halftime but pulled away in the final two quarters to take a 54-33 win and improve to 5-3 to open the season.
"It was fairly close in the first half, but our defense really stiffened up, and the guys did a good job holding Miyamura's scorers down," said KCHS head coach John Zecca. "We made a few shots from inside and outside and pulled away."
Christian Mackey led KCHS in points, but Zacca did not have official stats.
The Broncos turn around and head back to Gallup on Thursday for a rematch with the Gallup Bengals. The Bengals defeated the Broncos 82-69 last Friday in the Marv Sanders Invite tournament at Farmington High.
"I don't think we will change much gameplan-wise. We just have to hope things go a little better as far as foul trouble," Zecca said.
Ignacio 63, Bloomfield 48
The Bloomfield Bobcats couldn't get past a tough Ignacio team on Tuesday.
Bloomfield (2-4) fell to Ignacio 63-48 at home in Bobcat Gym. It was the second loss to Ignacio this year for the Bobcats, who fell to the same team 62-37 in their season opener on Dec. 5 in the opening round of the Kirtland Central tournament.
"Ignacio has gotten a lot better since that tournament. They are probably one of the better teams we will face all year," said BHS head coach Devon Manning. "I was excited to see our guys. We probably trailed by 18 at the half, but they showed some character in the second half."
Raymundo Sanchez led Bloomfield with 13 points in the loss.
Bloomfield is in action again this Thursday against Shiprock in a round-robin tournament at the Chieftain Pit in Shiprock.
"There are tough teams there. This is really where our season begins with trying to get a good seed in the state tournament," Manning said. "Shiprock and Taos are top-five teams in 3A, and Aztec is a 4A team. It won't get any easier for us from here on out."
Shiprock 59, Kirtland Central 44
The Shiprock Lady Chieftains defeated rival Kirtland Central once again.
Two weeks after beating the Lady Broncos by 16 points in Kirtland, Shiprock won at home in the Chieftain Pit 59-44.
"We saw a lot of the same things in this game as the last one," said Shiprock head coach Larenson Henderson. "We were kind of off. I guess we're still feeling each other out some."
Taylor Henderson led Shiprock with 17 points. Ashley John added another nine points in the win.
Larenson Henderson was pleased with his team's rebounding on Tuesday night.
"We did a lot better with that," he said. "Offensively, we just missed a lot of shots we should make."
Shamika Benally led KCHS with 10 points. Orquidea Reyes and Diondra Smith each had nine points in the loss. The loss dropped the Lady Broncos to 1-5 to open the season.
"Our kids are coming in and working hard. After our loss to Navajo Prep on Saturday, we are trying to take it one game at a time and try to get better," said Kirtland Central assistant coach Rochelle Curry. "The girls are giving it their all."
The two teams will meet again this Thursday in the opening round of the Farmington High Tournament. Shiprock (8-0) will aim to remain unbeaten.
"We want to try to keep our record going. Being a tournament, we want to play like it is the state tournament and go in there with our minds and bodies strong. We want to come out on top and make sure we learn from it."
Miyamura 48, Aztec 30
The Aztec Lady Tigers trailed by just two points at halftime on Tuesday but lost by 18.
Aztec was behind Miyamura 20-18 through two quarters, but the Patriots made a run in the second half to a 48-30 victory.
The loss dropped the Lady Tigers to 1-5 this season. Aztec is back in action at Moriarty on Thursday night.
Bloomfield 42, Ignacio 38
After an 0-4 start to the season, Bloomfield's girls have won two consecutive games. The Bloomfield Lady Bobcats defeated Ignacio High 42-38 at home on Tuesday night in Bobcat Gym.
Shaelyn White led Bloomfield in points for the second game in a row. White finished Tuesday's game with 16 points.
"It was another big night for her," said Bloomfield head coach Tom Adair, who said White can dribble the ball like a guard and play in the post against taller teams. "We use her in the post, but our point guard, Louisa Maestas, fouled out so we used White to handle the ball late."
The game remained close, but good free-throw shooting down the stretch helped the Lady Bobcats (2-4) to victory. White was 10-of-13 from the foul line.
Jasmine Sappington had another eight points in the win. Adair said Shania Gallegos had a big night rebounding the ball coming off the bench for Bloomfield.
"We controlled the boards to get a good team win," Adair said. "We ran Sappington and Gallegos in the same lineup because they really did a good job rebounding."
Bloomfield is back in action at Piedra Vista on Thursday night in Farmington.John Livingston can be reached at email@example.com; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.