Eagles fly past Rehoboth for fifth straight win
- Navajo Prep won its fifth straight game by dominating Rehoboth Christian in the second half.
- Kirtland Central lost its fifth straight game, falling to Española Valley 78-61.
- Bloomfield ran into a buzzsaw in the second half of its game against Grants and lost 82-50.
- Farmington pulls away from Thoreau in second half to advance at Wingate Holiday Classic.
FARMINGTON — The Navajo Prep boys basketball team continues to find ways to win in the first half of the regular season.
Prep (8-1) was lifted by Tyler Pete and Anthony Pioche-Lee's combined 19 second-half points during a 61-47 win over Rehoboth Christian tonight at the Eagles Nest in Farmington.
The win, which was Prep's fifth in a row, was a credit to the Eagles' play after halftime. The hosts only led by 2 points at the break.
"We really pounded the ball inside," Prep coach Rick Hoerner said. "Pete had 11 of his 15 in the second half, Pioche-Lee had 8 of his 12 in the second half. So we really worked on getting the ball inside to our bigs, and they did a good job finishing at the rim."
Tyler Morgan chipped in with 11 points and helped pull the Eagles out of a third-quarter shooting slump by draining two 3-pointers shortly after halftime.
The Eagles next compete on Jan. 5 as part of Aztec's Rumble in the Jungle Tournament. There, Prep plays against Montrose, Colo.
Farmington 67, Thoreau 40
Farmington got off to a shaky start in the first half against Thoreau (3-7), but a simple adjustment at halftime propelled the Scorpions to a 67-40 win in the first round of the Wingate Holiday Classic tonight in Fort Wingate.
The Scorps (6-1) held a slight 28-23 lead at halftime, but took over in the second half after switching to a full-court, man-to-man press.
“We struggled in the first half. We really played sluggish and sloppy, and we weren’t crisp in the first half,” Farmington coach Paul Corley said. “But we switched up to a full-court man (defense) and really started denying passes, and that gave them trouble. We went on a 12-0 run early in the third quarter.”
David Riley led Farmington with 16 and Kody Becenti added 14.
Eleven of the 12 players on the roster scored in the win.
Farmington will play Hot Springs (4-4) in the second round Friday.
Española Valley 78, Kirtland Central 61
Kirtland Central extended its losing streak to five games tonight in Grants at the Eddie Peña Holiday Classic, but didn't feel shame in dropping a game to the defending 5A state champs.
Española Valley (6-0) pacified a late-game run by the Broncos (4-6) and pulled away 78-61.
"We had chances in this game, we really did," KC coach Brian Dowdy. "Española's a returning state champ, and they're undefeated. They don't wow you at all, but they don't make very many mistakes. They're very fundamental."
KC got to within 5 points of the lead late in the game, but the Sundevils regrouped and went on an 8-0 fourth-quarter run to keep the Broncos at bay.
Bryson Dowdy scored a team-high 22 points in the loss.
The Broncos take on Gallup (2-6) at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Grants 82, Bloomfield 50
The Bobcats were too undisciplined in the second of of their game against Grants, allowing a 9-point deficit at halftime balloon into a 32-point loss on the first day of the Eddie Peña Holiday Classic in Grants.
Grants (6-2) rattled Bloomfield (2-4) in the second half with a relentless full-court press, one Bobcats coach Randy Crockett said his team handled in the first half.
"In the second half, we stopped breaking the press and decided to do things we didn't practice," Crockett said. "That didn't work out for us."
Bloomfield barely had a chance to set up its defense in most cases after the half, instead turning the ball over repeatedly and feeding the Pirates' offense.
Jaime Duhon was the only member of the Bobcats to crack double digits in scoring. He picked up 11 points.
The Bobcats will try to dust themselves off in time for Friday's 5 p.m. contest against an unbeaten Española Valley squad.
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