Eagles soar past Falcons for 67-17 victory

Jake Newby, and Karl Schneider
Farmington Daily Times

FARMINGTON — The Navajo Prep boys basketball team was just too much for Northwest.

Navajo Prep's Cameron Becenti, left, and Northwest's Brent Pearson race for the ball on Thursday at the Eagles Nest.

The Eagles (5-2) controlled the game from opening tip to final buzzer, picking up a 67-17 win over the Falcons (0-3) in the first round of the Eagles’ Classic, hosted by Navajo Prep, today at the Eagles Nest.

“We shot the ball from outside well, for a change. We made nine 3s, and I don’t think we’ve made more than three or four in a game,” Prep coach Rick Hoerner said. “It was good to get everyone some playing time.”

But the win wasn’t without a scare for the Eagles, who saw Tyler Pete leave the game with a back injury.

The extent of the injury was unknown. Hoerner said there was a chance Pete could have returned to the game, but with the lopsided score, there was no need to re-enter the junior post.

Freshman Treston Yazzie led the Eagles with 23 points, and Dylan Begay added 11.

Prep will play Whitehorse, out of Montezuma Creek, Utah, in the second round of the tourney at 7:30 Friday night.

Albuquerque Academy 51, Aztec 42

Tanner Brooks, Aztec's team leader in rebounds, missed tonight's game with the flu, and his team missed him during its first loss of the season.

Aztec (3-1) fell 51-42 to Albuquerque Academy on the first day of the Joe Armijo Tournament in Albuquerque, in a game where Tigers coach Matthew Steinfeldt said his team couldn't afford to sacrifice size.

"That threw a wrinkle at us, not being full strength," Steinfeldt said. "We had some size match-up issues. Not having one of our larger-bodied kids limited what we could do against a pretty big team."

Turnovers also tripped up the Tigers. Aztec coughed up an 8-point lead in the final three minutes of the first half because of four consecutive turnovers, allowing the Chargers (2-3) to tie the contest up at 27 right before halftime.

Aztec hung within 4 or 5 points of Academy during the last two quarters, but couldn't generate enough offense to take over the game.

Jacob Feil scored a team-high 14 points for Aztec. The Tigers play the Clovis-Onate loser on Friday at 1:15 p.m.

Girls basketball

Bloomfield 57, Grants 56

The Bloomfield girls basketball team overcame a torrid shooting night from Grants' Destiny Chavez to win 57-56 on the road tonight.

Chavez his six 3-pointers on her way to 27 points, but Bloomfield's Kara Watchman counteracted Chavez to a degree by sinking three triples of her own, including two in the second half, when the game was tight.

One of those 3s from Watchman came in the final three minutes of the game with Grants (2-4) ahead by 4 points. Bloomfield's full-court press then forced a key steal and transition layup in a finish that Lady Bobcats coach Tom Adair said wouldn't have been so narrow had the team made more free throws.

"We probably didn't even make 50 percent of our free throws," Adair said.

Destiny Walther was clutch down the stretch, scoring 8 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter. Adair said his bench contributed to the win as well — reserves Micaela Abeyta and Alyssa Quintana combined for 11 points and played great defense off the bench, according to Adair.

The Lady Bobcats (5-1) welcome Piedra Vista (5-1) into Bobcat Gym on Dec. 15.

Shiprock 71, San Carlos, Ariz., 36

The Lady Chieftains bottled up some momentum from their win over Farmington on Monday and brought it to Arizona with them for the first day of the Choice Wireless Classic.

San Carlos, Ariz., couldn't keep up with Shiprock's team speed, and the result was a 71-36 win for the Lady Chieftains (5-2) tonight in Chinle, Ariz.

"We did a great job with our ball movement, and I think we were a lot faster than these girls," Shiprock coach Larenson Henderson said. "I think our speed really overcame them."

Tayya Dale scored a team-high 13 points, while Paige Dale and Tanisha Begay dropped 11 points apiece for Shiprock.

The win earned the Lady Chiefs a spot in Friday's semifinal game, where they will tangle with either Chinle or Rock Point, Ariz.

Safford, Ariz., 66, Kirltand Central 65

Kirtland Central suffered a 1-point loss in the Lady Broncos' first game at the Choice Wireless Classic in Chinle, Ariz., falling to Safford, Ariz., 66-65 tonight.

KC will play Window Rock, Ariz., in the consolation bracket at 9 a.m. Friday.

KC coach John Zecca could not be reached for comment.

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

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