FARMINGTON — Kirtland Central's defense stepped up in the second half.
The Broncos held Aztec to just 12 points in the final two quarters to pull out a 57-33 win at Bronco Gym on Tuesday night.
"Our defense saved us tonight," KCHS head coach John Zecca said. "We just didn't shoot the ball very well. It was just one of those night where they weren't falling."
Aztec (8-13, 0-2 District 1-4A) hung tough through the first two quarter as the two teams entered the halftime break tied at 21.
The Broncos (15-5, 2-0) dominated the entire second half to emerge with the win.
Christian Mackey finished with 21 points in the victory, and Reese Foutz added 14 for KCHS.
KCHS will host Piedra Vista for first place in the District 1-4A standings on Friday while Aztec will travel to Farmington High.
"We've got to come out and shoot the ball better," Zecca said. "You want to protect your home court, but they have the capability to pull out a win. It should be another battle. I just don't see it any other way."
Shiprock 70, Bloomfield 63
Shiprock survived a scare from the Bobcats at the Chieftain Pit.
Bloomfield (4-17, 0-2 District 1-3A) opened up a seven-point lead in the third quarter, before a 10-1 Shiprock run put the Chieftains (13-8, 2-0) ahead for the rest of the game.
"We hung in there and just picked up the press on them," Shiprock head coach Chester H. Atcitty Jr. said.
Despite the loss, Bloomfield head coach Devon Manning was happy with the effort from his team.
"That's the best game we've played all year," Manning said. "There's not a whole I can complain about except free throws.
Bloomfield hit just 11-of-23 at the line, while Shiprock went 15-of-16.
Justin Begay led Shiprock with 23 points in the victory. Hiram Gleason scored 15, while Deron Johnson added 12 and Andre Joe finished with 10 in the win.
Malachi Pablo scored 20 points, and Derrick Benally added 18 in the loss.
Shiprock will travel to Wingate on Friday for its next district contest.
"They've got a complete game and control the tempo," Atcitty said. "Whoever does a better job of controlling the pace will win."
Bloomfield will host Thoreau on Friday.
"It's a must win. If we want any shot of getting in the state tournament we have to win that game," Manning said.
Navajo Prep 59, Rehoboth 46
The Lady Eagles (15-6, 8-1 District 1-2A) picked up another key road win in district play against Rehoboth on Tuesday.
Jasmine Coleman scored a game-high 26 points while adding eight rebounds and five steals.
Prep will host Crownpoint on Thursday.
Bloomfield 41, Aztec 30
The Bobcats earned a dual victory at home against Aztec.
"It was close coming to the end, and we had some really good matches," Bloomfield head coach Greg Shoemaker said. "Overall, the kids did well. Aztec wrestled well and looked like they're peaking at the right time."
Bloomfield will have another dual on Thursday at Pagosa Springs, Colo.
"I just want to see them maintain the intensity," Shoemaker said. "This is the fourth time we've seen them. They're a tough team and it's a battle."Joshua Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4577. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.