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Boys hoops: Window Rock beats Chandler Prep; Tuba City drops Scouts in 2 OT's

December 8, 2019 by Oree Foster, AZPreps365

In an exciting matchup between a pair of 3A North Region teams, the Tuba City Warriors outlasted the Window Rock Scouts, 67-61, in double overtime during the Sedona Scorpion Basketball Invitational on Saturday night.

Tuba City completed the invitational with a 4-won, 1-loss record. The Warriors defeated host Sedona, 66-59 in its first game. Coconino defeated Tuba City, 76-51. Tuba City stopped Payson, 65-33. The Warriors beat Thatcher, 56-54 and followed with its win over Window Rock.

Tuba City improved to 5-2 overall. The Warriors will be at Greyhills Academy on Wednesday for its next game. Tuba City is playing Hurricane, Utah on Thursday in the Lake Powell Invitational in Page.

Window Rock finished with a 3-win, 2 loss record at Sedona Invitational. The Scouts lost to Northwest Christian, 54-52. Window Rock rebounded with a 56-37 victory over Mingus Union. The Scouts edged Snowflake, 52-51. The Scouts posted a 51-42 win over Chandler Prep, before losing its invitational finale to Tuba City.

Window Rock is traveling to face the Wingate Bears on Monday for an interstate freedom game. The Scouts continues on the road on Friday, taking on the Valley Sanders Pirates in a freedom contest.

During the Tuba City-Window Rock game, the Warriors raced out to a n16-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Scouts shot well during the second quarter, canning 21 points. The Warriors netted nine points, as Window Rock held a 30-25 halftime advantage.

Tuba City battled back in the third quarter, outscoring Window Rock, 11-6, to knot the game at 36-36. The Warriors and Scouts both knocked down 10 points apiece during the first overtime, tying the contest at 46-46. Tuba City outscored Window Rock, 21-15, in the second overtimee for the victory.

Jeremiah Byjoe poured in 23 points to lead Tuba City. Britton Hardy added 13 points, while Tayden Arizona and Justin Begody both tallied 10 points apiece for the Warriors.

Tuba City head coach Roger Tsingine said he is proud of his team's effort.

"Everyone played a role," Tsingine said. "We substituted different individuals for specific tasks and they fulfilled their assignments Everyone is a piece of the puzzle."

Tsingine said the Warriors' success during the Sedona Invitational, was as a team, all players had a role to fill on and off the court.

"We have learned to be more patient offensively," Tsingine said. "Defensively, we continue to improve on our assignments. Closing out and boxing out fundamentalls. Offensively, we have been able to distribute the ball around the perimeter and into the post more confidence."

Tsingine continued, "We have to buckle down defensively by becoming more vocal. Offensively, we are working on discipline by having more patience where we will be able to execute efficiently."

Cauy Silversmith tallied 17 points to pace Window Rock. Caden Bia added 13 points, followed by Trajon Bizardi and Marion Ynzunza with 10 points piece for Window Rock.

Window Rock head coach Tom Bizardi pointed out that the Scouts have areas of the game to work on.

"Time management down the stretch is something that we have learned in this game," Bizardi said. "I'm glad we're put in the situation because we become more aware as the season moves forward. We'll always be learning."

Prior to playing Tuba City, the Scouts faced Chandler Prep. The Scouts posted a 51-42 win over Chandler Prep.

Chandler Prep led 15-14 at the end of the first quarter. Chandler Prep shot well in the second quarter, taking a 31-21 lead at halftime, after outscoring the Scouts, 16-7.

The Scouts tallied 15 points and Chandler Prep managed five points in the third quarter. The game was tied 36-36 at the end of three quarters. The Scouts canned 15 points and Chandler Prep netted six points during the fourth stanza.

Window Rock's Adrian Destea score a game high 15 points and Scouts teammate Cauy Silversmith added 12 points.

"We're still making adjustments on both ends of the court," Bizardi said. "I'm glad Sedona tournament is giving us more opportunities for us to grow."

Joey Pupillo was Chandler Prep's leading scorer with 12 points.