FARMINGTON — Shiprock put together one of its most complete performances of the season against Bloomfield.

The Chieftains dominated the Bobcats from the opening tip to pull out a 69-38 victory at Bobcat Gym on Tuesday night.

"We got a big jump on them," Shiprock head coach Chester H. Atcitty Jr. said. "Every time we've played Bloomfield this season, we never played to our full potential, but we were hot from the start tonight."

The Chieftains (16-9, 4-1 District 1-3A) opened up a 24-7 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.

Justin Begay led a balanced Shiprock offensive attack with 18 points. Rookie Hoskie added 14, while Darryle Nelson Jr. and Deron Johnson each scored 12.

Bloomfield’s Derrick Benally (55) goes for a lay up against Shiprock High School on Tuesday at Bloomfield High School.
Bloomfield's Derrick Benally (55) goes for a lay up against Shiprock High School on Tuesday at Bloomfield High School. (Jon Austria — The Daily Times)

"It's nice to have all of the guys contribute and play hard," Atcitty said. "If we maintain that balance from here on out, we'll go places."

The Bobcats (4-20, 0-5) struggled against the Shiprock defense after having two competitive games with the Chieftains earlier this season.

"They pretty much set the tone from the jump," Bloomfield head coach Devon Manning said. "We had a little spark in the third quarter, but it's hard when you're down that much."

Derrick Benally led Bloomfield with 9 points in the loss, as Shiprock's defensive strategy took away the Bobcats' leading scorer Malachi Pablo.

"They came in with a box-and-1 on Malachi," Manning said. "It was something we were prepared for because we've seen them use it a little before, but I think our guys just panicked."

Bloomfield closes out the regular season with Thoreau on Friday, while that same night Shiprock hosts Wingate with the regular season district title on the line.

"It's a must win Friday," Atcitty said. "We're going to state, but now it's just a matter of if we want to host a game or go on the road. We've encouraged the kids to keep working hard."

Kirtland Central 70, Aztec 60

The Broncos (17-6, 4-1 District 1-4A) opened up a big lead early in the first quarter and led by double digits the rest of the way to get a district win on Tuesday in Aztec.

Kirtland Central opened up a 24-9 lead in the first quarter and pushed it to 44-25 by halftime before cruising through the second half in the win.

"We just need to come out and play a complete game," KCHS head coach John Zecca said. "We came out strong, but didn't finish well."

Christian Mackey scored a game-high 34 points in the victory for KCHS.

Troy Choman led Aztec (8-16, 0-5) with 16 points in the loss.

On Friday, KCHS hosts PV, while Aztec will play Farmington High to finish the regular season.

"We already decided that this is just practice for the (district) tournament," Aztec head coach Tony DiNallo said. "We can play with anybody. We just have to play full games."

Joshua Perry covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.