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Scorps come up short against St. Pius 56-48

Shiprock earns third place at Hope Christian Tourney, Bloomfield wins consolation bracket

Jake Newby
jnewby@pnj.com

FARMINGTON — The Farmington boys basketball team had its eight-game winning streak snapped on Saturday.

St. Pius X cruised past the hosts 56-48 at the Scorpion Gym and did it largely behind its defense.

"You gotta give a lot of credit to Pius — they took us out of what we normally do offensively," FHS coach Paul Corley said. "We tried to attack them and make them foul, and it didn't work tonight. They were disciplined."

Farmington's Tyren King looks to receive a pass against the St. Pius X Sartans on Saturday at Scorpion Gym.

The Scorps (13-3) had some trouble with the physicality of St. Pius (10-4), which led from the middle of the third quarter for the rest of the contest.

"We don't play a lot of physical teams," Corley said. "We kind of backed off of them when they got physical tonight."

One of the deciding factors in the outcome was the free-throw battle. The Sartans attempted 28 free throws and made 24 of them, while FHS went to the line just 13 times with 11 makes.

Farmington's David Riley loses the fight for a rebound against the St. Pius X Sartans on Saturday at Scorpion Gym.

Tyren King registered a team-high 16 points for the Scorpions, who host Miyamura on Tuesday.

Shiprock 53, Taos 40

In the third-place game of the three-day Hope Christian Tournament, the Chieftains' defense led them to a big win.

Shiprock (6-6) topped Taos 53-40 in Albuquerque on Saturday, thanks to its stout man-to-man defensive effort.

"(Friday), we played tough D for about a quarter and a half. I told the guys, 'We gotta play that way the whole game,'" Shiprock coach Chester Atcitty said. "We didn't even press once today. The guys stuck to their man and contested everything."

The Chieftains led from start to finish. Andre Joe paced the team in scoring with 15 points, and Landon Henderson added 13. Both boys made the all-tournament team.

Taos (7-7) trailed by 1 point at halftime but never got that close after the break.

Shiprock visits Thoreau on Thursday. Atcitty said the Chieftains can't be let up as the district part of the schedule looms.

"We can't be overconfident. We've got to continue to work our butts off," he said. "It's gonna be a dogfight in this district, I believe that."

Rio Rancho 72, Piedra Vista 65

The Panthers cut an 11-point deficit to only 3 in the fourth quarter against Rio Rancho on Saturday night, but couldn't come any closer and lost 72-65 on the road.

Clay Patterson of Rio Rancho (12-6) went off with 33 points and seven 3-pointers. Every time PV made a run in the game, Patterson would come down and score to give his team a cushion.

Piedra Vista (9-6) trailed by just 1 point at halftime, but Patterson's big night and PV's inability to hit free throws proved costly.

"Rio Rancho's lead ballooned to 11 in the fourth, but our guys played inspired and kept chipping away," Panthers coach Adam Huff said. "We had chances toward the end. They just made their free throws, and we didn't."

PV attempted 17 freebies in the fourth but sank only nine of them. Meanwhile, the Rams went a cool six of six from the line.

Keegan Acosta scored a team-high 24 points for PV, which hosts Bernalillo on Monday.

Bloomfield 66, Hot Springs 56

Malachi Pablo scored 20 points, and Christian Chavez added 17 as Bloomfield rolled past Hot Springs 66-56 in Albuquerque on Saturday.

The Bobcats (9-6) won the consolation bracket with the victory and went 2-1 in the Hope Christian Tournament.

The narrative of the game was the same as it was in Friday's win over Socorro, according to Bloomfield coach Devon Manning. The Bobcats held a lead throughout, but repeatedly allowed their opponent to creep back into the game.

"We would have an 11- or 12-point lead, and then suddenly turn it over in bunches to let (Hot Springs) back in," he said. "We had 21 turnovers today. That's way too many."

The Bobcats managed to keep their composure, draining free throws at the end when Hot Springs (3-11) was forced to foul.

Bloomfield visits Wingate for a 7 p.m. game on Thursday.

Bayfield Colo., 62, Navajo Prep 47

Navajo Prep's leading scorer Nachae Nez battled foul trouble all game on Saturday, scoring only 5 points as his team lost 62-47 to Bayfield, Colo., on the road.

Nez didn't play much, but the Eagles (11-6) still went into halftime with a 27-25 lead. Bayfield (3-6) then switched to a press defense in the second half, and that was the difference.

"The press just ate us up," Prep coach Rick Hoerner said. "And (Taed) Heydinger was the best shooter we played against this year. He had five 3s and was solid for them."

The Eagles trailed by at least 10 for the entire fourth quarter. They'll visit Tohatchi on Tuesday.

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