Scorps, Chieftains fall in season openers

Karl Schneider
Farmington's Barrett Bentley lays the ball up during a game against Grants on Tuesday night in Grants

FARMINGTON – A slow start doomed the Farmington boys basketball team as the Scorps fell on the road to Grants 90-67 Tuesday night.

Farmington head coach Paul Corley said Grants (1-0) started strong, hitting multiple perimeter shots, while the Scorps (0-1) came out a little flat.

“The biggest thing was we got into too big of a hole and had to chase them all night,” Corley said. “We used a lot of energy trying to put pressure on them. We’d cut to eight or nine points, but they’d always answer and get the lead back to 15 or 20 points.”

Farmington did a good job of attacking the basket and drawing fouls. On the night the Scorps attempted 31 free throws, converting 23 of them.

Clayton Corley led Farmington with 15 points.

Corley said he was pleased with the overall performance, particularly the fact that the team never slowed down and continued to play with intensity to the final horn.

Farmington will be off until next week when it hosts Moriarty on Dec. 4 and Albuquerque Academy on Dec. 5.

Corley said the two games will be important when the team is looked at for seeding in the state tournament.

“We’ve got 10 days off, and we’ll fix some things,” Corley said. “This was just one game, and the nice thing is, it’s a long season for us to get better.”

San Juan, Utah, 73, Shiprock 57

Shiprock couldn’t keep San Juan off the offensive glass and the result was a 73-53 win for Broncos in Blanding, Utah, Tuesday night.

“We just gave them too many second and third opportunities,” Shiprock head coach Chester Atcitty said. “We did a good job challenging their shots and putting pressure on them, but we gave them too many extra chances.”

Shiprock (0-1) struggled to get into an offensive rhythm during the game because of the on-ball pressure San Juan (1-0) put on the Chieftains.

Landon Henderson hit three 3-pointers and led the Chieftains with 19 points, while Elijah Harry added 13 points.

Shiprock will be back on the road Tuesday, traveling to Chinlee, Ariz., to face the Wildcats (1-0).

“We’ll take a couple of days off to spend with our families, then get back in the gym and get ready for Chinlee,” Atcitty said. “One thing we’re going to work on is toughening up our defense.”

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.