Unshackled Scorpion offense thrives in last 2 games

FHS players given green light to try 3-point shots

Matt Hollinshead,
Farmington's Jacob Brown drives past Aztec's Trevor Walker, No. 13, for a layup during the first quarter of Tuesday's District 1-5A game at Scorpion Arena.
  • The Scorpions averaged just 48.2 points a game entering Friday's game against Kirtland Central, but earned a 70-67 win.
  • Farmington followed that effort with a 75-44 victory over Aztec on Tuesday.
  • Coach Paul Corley says his players are finding good shots to take inside and out.

FARMINGTON — Paul Corley admitted he’d been holding his Farmington basketball squad back from unleashing its scoring potential.

“We haven’t been allowing them to shoot 3s in games,” the Scorpions coach said.

Then came Friday’s 70-67 home win over Kirtland Central. Corley decided to let his team play free and push the ball up the floor more often.

Corley spent much of the year having the younger players prioritize defense and nailing down set plays. The Scorpions averaged just 48.2 points a game entering Friday, so Corley felt it was time for Farmington to let loose on offense.

“Our offense really came alive. The kids, they were ready to catch and shoot. We gave them the green light,” Corley said. "We really wanted to push and attack."

Sophomore guard Keyshawn Pete said it was fun to see those shots drop in the wake of Farmington's limited scoring through most of the year.

"We were pretty much making everything that night. We played really under control. We ran the offense, and we got open shots,” Pete said.

After Tuesday’s 75-44 win over Aztec, FHS (7-12, 2-1) is averaging 72.5 points in its last two games.

Corley said his players are finding good shots to take inside and out, and that they’re more proactive setting chances via offensive rebounds.

“We’re more patient, and we turn over the ball less now. We’re starting to understand our capabilities and our attributes,” senior forward Jacob Brown said.

Brown also said players are better recognizing which types of shots to take and when to take them.

“Some people understand that they’re 3-point shooters, and they’ll wait beyond the 3-point line. Then there’s some of us that just drive and get the points. We’re starting to understand who we are individually and how our key role goes into the team,” Brown said.

Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.