Tuba Warriors make final four, head for Phoenix

FLAGSTAFF—The Tuba City boys basketball team whipped Dysart, 76-55, in the second round of the 3A state playoffs after beating Round valley, 84-51, in the opening round.

The Warriors improved their record to 24-6, earning a trip to the final four. Warrior Coach Charles Gover said it’s always a good feeling to make it to the final four.

James Justice led the way with 18 points in the victory against Dysart. Josh Allan and Lavar Martin netted 15 points each. Lloyd Billy tossed in 14, Andrew Johnson and Michael Wheeler added four apiece and Adrian Hatathlie, Robert Morgan and Tristan Kewanyama scored deuce each.

Tyree Harde topped Dysart with 21, German Renteria netted nine, Kai Kalusa tossed in eight, Kenny Halsted scored five, Abad Santoyo and Saul Bojorquez added four apiece and John Weathers and Jeremy Blake scored two each.

Coach Gover said Tuba City grabbed the early lead and maintained it.

“There was not a lot of enthusiasm from either side. The crowd was quiet and we just played the game,” he said. “They tried to press us, but we just threw over the top and got easy lay-ups. We also had a lot of second chance points.”

Allan topped Tuba City in the opener with 21 points, Martin fired in 19, Justice poured in 16, Michael Wheeler netted nine, Kewanyama scored a half dozen, Adrian Hatathlie and Michael Justice scored four apiece, Robert Morgan and Mike Dandy added deuce each, and Andrew Johnson scored one point.

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