Tuba City Boys Defeat Hopi

Polacca, Ariz.-Tuba City pulled away in the second half to defeat Hopi, 74-57, in girls 3A North basketball action Thursday night at Hopi.

The Warriors improved to 7-8 overall and 3-2 in conference. Hopi fell to 4-13 overall and 0-2 in conference.

This was a game of spurts as Tuba City zoomed to a 20 point edge only to have Hopi come roaring back to cut the lead to six points at halftime, but then the Warriors pulled away in the second half.

Devin Dugi led the Warriors with 27 points, Robert Morgan fired in 20, Donny Curtis and Courtney Tsingine aided the Tuba City effort with eight points apiece, Ryan Brown scored a half dozen, Michael Justice hit a trey and Rudy Preston added a deuce.

Dellen Lomayestewa paced Hopi with 21, Mack Talashie chipped in with 10, Garrick Jones, John Toms and Chris Hawk netted six each, Matt Honani tossed in three, Thurman Tacheene and Anthony Vaughn notched a deuce each and Michael Schjang hit a free throw.

Tuba City Coach Earl Flagg said the Warriors had to play two games: The first one when they roared out in the first half to take a 20 point lead—and the second one in the second half because they let the Bruins back into the game.

Coach Flagg credited the letdown in the second stanza to a young Warrior team. Only Justice and Morgan played for Tuba City last year and neither had a lot of playing time.

“This is a learning situation. They forgot what gave us the lead and at halftime I had to remind them,” he said. “Considering the legacy that’s been made here the last couple of years, and the changes that have been made, I’m pleased with the effort.”

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