FARMINGTON — The Bloomfield boys basketball team took over in the second half against Shiprock and cruised to a 69-51 win tonight at the Chieftain Pit in Shiprock.
Shiprock held a 28-25 lead at halftime, but a couple of adjustments from Bloomfield during the break, and pair of quick 3-pointers, proved to be the difference for the Bobcats.
“Adriano Stevenson got hurt it the first half, so we had to make the adjustment to go inside to our big guys, and they played really well,” Bloomfield coach Randy Crockett said. “Then, when we started scoring inside, it opened up our outside shooting.”
Early in the third quarter, Bloomfield (2-1) connected on a pair of 3s that Shiprock coach Chester Atcitty said were a major blow to the Chieftains.
“In the second half, we just didn’t come out. We changed up our defense, and they hit a couple big shots,” Atcitty said. “They hit two 3s right off the back, and that hurt us.”
Atcitty said the Chieftains (0-2) did a good job of moving the ball and changing the defense to keep Bloomfield off balance in the first half.
Along with getting the offense going in the second half, Crockett said the Bobcats did a great job of not turning over the ball against Shiprock’s pressure.
Damion Sanchez led the Bobcats with 16 points. Zech Watts finished with 13, Ty Padilla added 12, Micah Yazzie came up with 11 and Brandon Charley chipped in 10 points.
“It sure makes it harder for them to guard us when we have five guys scoring,” Crockett said.
Arvin Begay led Shiprock with 19 points and Kevin Begay added 15.
Bloomfield will host Los Lunas (1-1) on Saturday.
Shiprock will host the Shiprock Chieftains Tournament beginning Thursday. The team’s opponent has yet to be determined.
Los Lunas 54, Kirtland Central 51
The Kirtland Central boys basketball team lost a heartbreaker in its first game of the season.
After battling back and forth with Los Lunas throughout the second half, a 3 at the buzzer from KC’s Jimmy Nez’s somehow didn’t drop, giving Los Lunas a 54-51 win tonight in Los Lunas.
“We got the ball back with 3.4 seconds, I believe it was, and we drew up an inbounds play,” KC coach Brian Dowdy said. “We got a decent-looking 3, it was a little deep and somewhat contested, but it went off the backboard, hit the rim two or three times and rolled out.”
A poor second quarter gave the Tigers (1-0) a halftime lead, but the Broncos (0-1) rallied back in the second half to challenge Los Lunas.
“I was really happy with the boys in the third and fourth quarter. They battled and had a shot, but that’s basketball,” Dowdy said.
Bryson Dowdy led KC with 16 points. Terrin Willie added 12 for the Broncos.
KC will host Pojoaque Valley (1-0) on Friday, then travel to Fort Wingate to face the Bears (0-0) on Saturday.
Grants 81, Piedra Vista 58
A brutal second quarter doomed the Piedra Vista boys basketball team to an 81-58 loss tonight in Grants.
The Panthers and Pirates were tied early in the second quarter, but a wave of turnovers from PV (1-1) led to a big Grants (1-1) run to close the quarter.
“The first half we were tied 12-12 with them, then all of the sudden they ended the half on a 19-4 run to close the half, and that was pretty much it,” PV coach Devon Manning said. “It doesn’t help when you have 15 turnovers in the first half. It’s hard to have 15 turnovers in one game and win.”
Manning said a big issue for the Panthers was Grants’s ability to speed up the game.
When PV was able to run its offense, Manning said the Panthers were lackadaisical, going through the motions instead of playing with intensity.
“We can’t expect to play jungle ball and win. We have to be a good half-court offensive team,” he said.
PV will host Albuquerque High (2-0) on Friday, followed by a home game against Valencia (0-2) on Saturday.
Navajo Prep 72, Monument Valley, 31
The Navajo Prep boys basketball team was simply too much for Utah’s Monument Valley (0-2) tonight, rolling to a 77-31 win in Monument Valley.
“I think we were more aggressive defensively, and (Monument Valley) wasn’t really prepared for it,” Prep coach Rick Hoerner said. “We did what we do best. We played hard, created a lot of turnovers and pounded the ball inside.”
Anthony Pioche-Lee led the Eagles (2-0) with 17 points while freshman Treston Yazzie added 15.
Everyone who played in the game scored for the Eagles.
Prep will play the defending 5A champions, Española Valley, in the first round of the Santa Fe Indian School tournament on Thursday.
Wingate at Aztec, PPD
The Aztec boys basketball team’s season opener against Wingate was postponed after a snow storm Monday night forced Aztec to cancel classes today(Tuesday).
The game has been rescheduled for Dec. 13.
Aztec will now open its season on Thursday, playing Window Rock, Ariz., at the Shiprock Chieftains Tournament.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.