Fightin’ Knights fall to Window Rock Scouts in close contest<br>

Winslow Bulldogs, TC Warriors defeat Greyhills

FORT DEFIANCE – The Greyhills Academy High School and the Window Rock Scouts had it out Saturday night, Jan. 15 in a tough toe-to-toe, blow-for-blow, street-fight-kind of game that left the Fightin’ Knights two-points short in the final outcome 84-82.

It was up and down the court, from one side to the other, fast break here and there, quick pass underneath, and fire away type of game that left the crowd breathless most of the time. The Knights found a niche in their game as they worked the ball inside for easy-quick scores as they slashed into the paint. The Knights scored seven lay-ups in one stretch in the first quarter as they took a two-point lead 19-17.

The Knights made a run in the second quarter and went up by six points, but the Scouts came back with a run of their own. The Knights scored 25 while the Scouts rallied for 27 to even the score at half time 44-44.

At the beginning of the second half, the Knights went away from their inside game and put up some quick treys which they missed as the Scouts utilized their inside game to build a 10 point lead. The Knights went back inside and put together 10 points from close range to close the gap, but they were outscored 19-12 and fell behind 63-54 by the end of the third quarter.

The fourth quarter was a game. It is what high school basketball is all about; the Knights down by 10 points; time winding time with each tick; full-court, man-to-man pressure to deal with; and making fouls in hopes of having the other team miss more than you so you can rebound and give yourself an opportunity to get a shot. It went both ways. The Knights outscored the Scouts 28-21 in the final stanza, but it turned two points short of tying up the game and three points short of a win.

The Knights missed four free throws going down the stretch and that was story of the game. If you make those free throws, then you head home with a win by two points.

The Knights had nine turnovers while they caused the Scouts to turn the ball over 15 times. The Scouts out rebounded the Knights 34-20. The Knights shot 13 treys and connected on three of them while the Scouts put up 16 and made five three pointers. Three of them were in the final three minutes of the game when they needed them the most.

It was a even match and it should be a great game when the Scouts have to travel to the pit at Greyhills in about two weeks.

Knights vs. Winslow

The visiting Greyhills Academy High School Fightin’ Knights (2-1) were whistled for 17 fouls and the Bulldogs took advantage from the charity stripe by sinking 13 out of 19 attempts for 68 percent free throw shooting to win the 3A North Regional game 54-43 in Winslow Jan. 12.

The Greyhills Academy Knights outscored the Bulldogs from the field 42-41, but the Knights only made one free throw on four attempts for the game. One made-free throw was taken away in the second quarter for lane violation against Justin Duane. The only other free throw opportunity was by Craig Tsingine who made one of two late in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs had a total of 10 fouls for the game.

It was a close contest throughout the first half as the Fightin’ Knights took the early advantage at 14-10 by the end of the first quarter. The Bulldogs came back to tie the score at 18-18 at the half as the Knights could only muster four points in 11 attempts in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs came out with a growl in the second half as they were unleashed from the pen and they reeled off 26 points compared to 14 by the Knights to take a 44-32 lead by the end of the third quarter. During that run, Orlando Vargas led the charge for the Bulldogs by hitting a trey to go up 23-20. After Amos Smith scored a basket from underneath, Andrew Taliman hit a field goal from eight feet out and then Vargas again hit a three pointer to go up 28-22. Vargas again hit another trey to put the Bulldogs up 33-22 with just a little over four minutes left in the quarter.

The Knights went into a shooting drought for several minutes at a time. Their shooting cycle went something like a basket, miss, miss, basket, three misses, basket, followed with three misses and mixed in with six turnovers in the third quarter.

The fourth quarter was fairly even as the Knights had a one point advantage 11-10, but the story was at the foul line. The Bulldogs had 13 attempts from the charity stripe compared to two by the Knights in the final quarter.

Vargas led his team in scoring with 14 points while Jarrett Willie had 11 points for the Knights. Amos Smith fouled out of the game with 6:09 remaining in the game and ended with two points for the night.

The Knights had 23 turnovers while the Bulldogs had 15. The Bulldogs out rebounded the Knights 29-27.

Knights vs. TC Warriors

On. Jan. 11, the Fightin’ Knights (2-0) were set back by arch rival Tuba City Warriors in 3A North Regional contest by a score of 49-42.

The Knights played tight in the first half as if they were not used to the cold front that blew into town from the west that brought rain as they managed to only score nine points in 16 minutes. They attempted 12 shots inside the arc and made three field goals in the first half. They attempted eight treys and made none of them. They only scored two points in the second quarter that came back to haunt them in the fourth quarter.

On the other hand, the Warriors opened the first quarter with a burst of 16 points and followed with 12 in the second to take the lead at the half 28-9. Most of their scoring came inside the paint as they poured in 16 points inside the arc.

The Knights had 12 turnovers in the first half while the Warriors had only four. The Knights came out in the second half more relaxed and played as if they had nothing to lose as they were behind anyway. As a result, they played more aggressively and battled the Warriors by outscoring them 15-11 in the third quarter to close the gap on the score board at 39-24.

The Knights came back within eight points in the fourth, but the Warriors did just enough to stop the momentum each time the Knights made a run. The Knights outscored the Warriors 18-10 in the fourth but the lead the Warriors had was just a little too much to overcome.

The Knights shot only 27 percent for the game from the field while the Warriors shot 44 percent. The Knights took more trips to the charity stripe in the second half 14-10 and they shot 75 percent to the Warriors 50 percent for the game.

Ryan Brown scored 15 points for the Warriors while team mate Aaron Tsinigine added 10. Leading the Knights scoring effort was Donald Nez with 14 points with Amos Smith adding eight and Craig Tsingine contributing seven points respectively.

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