Window Rock, Ariz. - Dellen Lomayestewa fired in 24 points and led three Bruins in double figures as Hopi edged Window Rock, 56-48, in boys 3A North basketball action Jan. 8. Hopi, competing in the 3A North for the first time this year after moving up from the 2A North, won its first conference game in three tries.
The Bruins improved to 5-13 overall. Chris Hawk chipped in with 11 points, Garrick Jones tossed in ten, Mack Talashie garnered eight and Matt Honani scored three. William Holtsoi topped Window Rock with ten, Brian Yazzie and John Hoyser netted nine each, AsaRyan Begaye tossed in seven, Tenell Dawes chipped in with five, Garrick Haskie scored four and Justin Antone and Ryan Naswood added a deuce each.
Lomayestewa poured in seven points in the opening period as Hopi took an 11-10 edge. The Bruins broke the game open in the second stanza as Lomayestewa and Jones scored a half dozen points each and Hawk added four as Hopi zoomed to a 30-18 half-time bulge.
Hoyser countered with seven points in the third quarter as the Scouts pulled within 41-33 going to the final period.
Hawk tossed in five and Lomayestewa and Jones added four each as Hopi held on for the victory. Hopi High Coach Jeff Lambert said it felt great for the Bruins to earn their first victory in the 3A North. “The kids needed it. It was a real confidence booster,” he said.
“We’ve had so many leads at half-time that it was good to see the kids hang on and battle right down to the end for the win. It shows that we can play in this league. We just have to play with intensity every game. There is no reason, if we work hard, that we can’t knock off a lot of teams.”
Coach Lambert said the Hopi offense didn’t execute well, but just well enough to get a lead and hold onto it. He added the defense was able to mix it up with zones and man-to-man defenses enough to keep Window Rock’s offense off balance.
“We played well, but we still had some breakdowns,” he also said. Coach Lambert felt the Bruins were lucky with rebounding as the ball bounced their way.
“We should have boxed out better,” he concluded. Sivayah Tootsie, John Toms and Chris Hawk led the Bruins off the boards.