ROUND VALLEY, Arizona — Davin Leslie fired in 27 points as Hopi High exploded in the second half to demolish Bradshaw Mountain, 71-51, in the opening game of the 14-team Round Valley boys basketball tournament played the morning of December 7.
Dellen Lomayestewa netted 11 points and Cisco Mata added eight as the Bruins improved to 2-5. Randy Golleher scored a dozen points to pace Bradshaw Mountain.
Lomayestewa and Leslie scored a half dozen each in the opening period as Hopi grabbed a 16-13 edge. Golleher poured in seven points in the second stanza as Bradshaw Mountain jumped ahead, 27-26, at half-time.
Leslie poured in 13 points in the third quarter as Hopi took control of the game, 48-39. Mack Talashie tossed in four points in the fourth quarter as Hopi coasted to the victory.
Hopi High Coach Jeff Lambert said he was happy with the total team effort.
“It was really good. All the things we’re learning in practice are starting to transfer to the game,” he said.
Leslie hit six three-pointers and Lomayestewa hit three treys as Hopi’s shots started to fall at crucial moments for the first time this season. The Bruins were also able to run their fast break. “We took what we could without forcing our fastbreak,” Lambert said.
Coach Lambert said Bradshaw Mountain played aggressively under the basket and committed a flagrant foul.
“We played a good hard man-to-man defense. Our defense frustrated them and that’s why they committed the flagrant foul and had two technicals,” he said.
Coach Lambert praised the Bruins for rebounding competitively against a taller Bradshaw Mountain team.
“We held our own, but we need to continue to box out. We also played smart with the ball and didn’t commit as many turnovers as we have in the past,” he said.
Coach Lambert said hopefully Hopi will string some wins together so that it becomes the norm.