FARMINGTON — The Farmington boys basketball team put a shaky week behind it by coasting past Miyamura tonight at Scorpion Gym.
The Scorpions (17-3, 3-1 District 1-5A) won the game 47-39 after blindsiding the Patriots out of the gate with a 27-9 first-half advantage. Miyamura (9-11, 0-4) was stifled, managing just 5 and 4 points in the first two quarters.
"That was probably the best defensive half we've had," Farmington coach Paul Corley said. "Second half, we subbed a lot. We were up 38-17 starting the fourth quarter, but we played a lot of kids."
David Riley and Sol Rascon scored 10 points apiece, while Keaton Christy dropped 9 in the balanced offensive effort.
In its last two games, Farmington lost to Kirtland Central and then missed 24 free throws in squeaking out a win against Aztec, but the hosts thoroughly outplayed Miyamura tonight.
The Scorpions struggled again from the charity stripe with a four-for-13 clip, but Corley said he's not worried.
"I'm not sure what the problem is, but we'll keep working on it," he said. "I think it's a mental thing, and we'll just keep working on them. We'll get there."
The Scorps welcome first-place (11-8, 4-0) Bloomfield into their gym for a showdown on Thursday.
Gallup 73, Aztec 65
The Tigers had one of their better offensive showings of the season tonight in Gallup, but still couldn't put a complete game together and fell 73-65.
Gallup (8-12, 2-2) used an explosive 24-point third quarter to tame the Tigers, who led 31-30 at halftime.
With his team the loser of eight straight, Aztec (5-15, 0-4) coach Matthew Steinfeldt said it's been a chore to get his guys to play four full quarters.
"Mentally, we slowed down at times," Steinfeldt said. "We stopped communicating on the floor, then we'd allow a run to happen without correcting it until about two or three minutes later. We'd call a timeout and still not come out of it."
Jacob Feil dropped 21 points for Aztec, and Chase Morrison contributed 19.
The Tigers try to snap the lengthy losing streak when they visit Miyamura on Thursday.
Moriarty 70, Shiprock 59
Turnovers and a slow start were too much for the Chieftains to overcome in a 70-59 loss at Moriarty today.
Shiprock scored just 9 points in the first quarter while the Pintos caught fire from long range to build an early lead.
"We played a good game, we just couldn't close that gap against them," Shiprock coach Chester Atcitty said. "Their 3 ball was amazing. We played good defense to a certain extent, but they just played a better ball game than us. They were focused and got after it."
The Chieftains had balanced scoring on the night, getting 13 points from Kevin Begay, and 12 points from Landon Henderson and Kieon Harvey.
Shiprock will be back home on Tuesday to host Wingate (7-13).
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