Oree Foster
Staff Writer, AZPreps365.com

Boys basketball: Winslow outlasts Page, 70-54 in freedom game

November 28, 2018 by Oree Foster, AZPreps365

Despite struggling offensively, the Winslow Bulldogs pulled off a 70-54 victory over the Page Sand Devils in a boy's freedom contest in Don Petranovich Gymnasium in Winslow on Tuesday night.

"It was an 'ugly' win," said Winslow head coach Scott Corum. "We really struggled to execute our offense. Our defense definitely led us to this win."

Winslow took a 20-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. Page stormed back in the second quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs, 21-15. The Sand Devils sliced Winslow's lead to two points, 35-33, at the end of the second quarter.

Winslow turned the tables on Page in the third quarter. The Bulldogs managed 18 points to the Sand Devils' 14 points. The Bulldogs led, 53-47, when the third quarter ended. Winslow put the game in the books in the fourth quarter, tallying 17 points to Page's seven points.

Darius James led Winslow, pouring in 20 points. Dustin Richard added 19 points and Zachary Wagner canned 10 points for the Bulldogs.

Topping Page offensively was Danian Sloan with 14 points. Benjamin Alvarez added 12 points and Trent Holiday netted 10 points for the Sand Devils.

Chinle 92, Pinon 27

Junior Cooper Burbank, freshman Kylen Yazzie and junior Curtis Begay combined for 49 points to help lead the Chinle Wildcats to a 92-27 victory over the Pinon Eagles in a freedom game in the Wildcat Den on Tuesday night.

Burbank knocked down 19 points, while Yazzie tallied 17 points and Begay contributed 13 points in a winning effort for Chinle.

"The guys played outstanding," said Chinle head coach Raul Mendoza. "The guys picked it up offensively and played good defense. The guys played up tempo tonight."

Chinle raced out to a commanding 10-point advantage, 17-7, at the end of the first quarter. The Wildcats' defense forced turnovers and Chinle scored on driving lay ups. Chinle outscored Pinon, 35-5 in the second quarter, taking a 52-12 halftime lead.

The Wildcats had a similar productive third quarter. The Wildcats poured in 35 points with high percentage backets. Pinon managed 11 points. Chinle held an 87-23 advantage at the end of the third quarter. Chinle outscored Pinon, 5-4, in the fourth period.

Tylen Bahe was Pinon's leading scorer with 10 points.

"Our defense picked it up in the third quarter," Mendoza said. "We converted turnovers into baskets. The guys pushed the ball down the floor. We played everyone. Some of the players were nervous, but they got the nervousness out of their system."

Chinle, 2-0, entertains the Holbook Roadrunners this Friday in a freedom game in the Wildcat Den at 7:30 p.m.

Holbrook 52, Window Rock 43

Holbrook owned the first half and Window Rock captured the second half.

It was Holbrook's first half scoring, including a 21-point second quarter, that propelled the Roadrunners to a 52-43 victory in Tony Munoz Gymnasium at Holbrook on Tuesday night.

Holbrook held a 15-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Roadrunners extended its lead to a 20-point lead at halftime, 36-16. The Roadrunners tallied 21 points to the Fighting Scouts' eight points in the second stanza.

Window Rock turned the table on Holbrook in the second half. The Fighting Scouts outscored the Roadrunners, 12-2, in the third quarter. Holbrook held a 38-28 lead at the end of the third frame. The Fighting Scouts outscored the Roadrunners, 15-14, in the fourth quarter, but not enough to post a victory.

Kobi Koerperich was Holbrook's top scorer, nailing 20 points. Blayne Nelson added 13 points for the Roadrunners.

Holbrook travels to Chinle to face the Wildcats this Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Burke Williams tallied 18 points to lead Window Rock.

Window Rock, 0-1, entertains the Valley Sanders Pirates this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Event Center in Fort Defiance.