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FARMINGTON — The Navajo Prep Eagles were unable to take care of business in the final minutes, falling 59-54 to Dexter in today’s 3A boys basketball playoff opener at the Eagles Nest.

Prep had a 19-10 lead entering the third quarter, only to see that momentum swing.

Dexter later generated a nine-point lead about midway through the third quarter, up 33-24 at that point.

The Eagles clawed back and tied the game at 46-46 with 4:31 left in regulation, but couldn’t deliver the final blow.

Dexter capitalized with some key points and went on to win.

Prep’s season ended at 19-9, also marking the end of the Rick Hoerner era.

The fourth-year Eagles coach will step down to relocate to Portland, Oregon, for his wife Mary’s job change.

However, Hoerner’s successor will inherit multiple key returners next season, including Thomas Montanez, Treston Yazzie and Lance Morris.

Newcomb boys coast into 2A quarterfinals

The Skyhawks went on a 26-5 run en route to a 67-43 win over Tse’ Yi’ Gai in tonight’s 2A playoff opener at NHS.

It was also Newcomb’s second-ever playoff victory.

Newcomb (27-2) now look to break another barrier: get past the state quarterfinals.

NHS will face McCurdy 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

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