Polacca, Ariz.–Uriah Yazzie poured in 28 points and Mario Salabye netted 20 markers as Greyhills pulled away in the last quarter to beat Hopi, 64-53, in boys high school basketball action Jan. 19.
Hopi fell to 4-16 overall and 1-7 in the 3A North. Craig Poorthunder helped the Knights cause with a half dozen points, Darwin Yazzie netted four points, Derek Begay and Jason McCabe scored two points apiece and Ryan Attakai and LeVaniel Gishie each sank free throws.
Chris Hawk topped Hopi with 17, Garrick Jones netted 11, Dellen Lomayestewa pitched in with seven, Thurman Tacheeene scored a half dozen, Anthony Vaughn tossed in five, John Toms added four and Ritchie Sahneyah scored three.
Hawk fired in eight points in the first period as Hopi grabbed a 16-14 edge despite an eight point quarter by Uriah Yazzie. Sahneyah and Hawk hit a trey each in the second period as Hopi stayed ahead, 26-25, at intermission. Salabye tossed in five points in the second stanza as Greyhills kept pace.
Salabye hit four treys for 12 points in the third quarter as Greyhills jumped ahead 43-39. Toms and Jones netted four points each for Hopi in the third period to keep the Bruins close.
Uriah Yazzie poured in 13 points in the final frame as Greyhills eased to the victory. Hopi High Coach Jeff Lambert said the Bruins played a solid first half, but had defensive problems in the second half.
“Our goal was to contain their two guards and we didn’t do that,” he said. Lomayestewa was in foul trouble early and unable to get his offensive game going.
“We didn’t handle the ball well in the second half. We were careless, and our inexperience showed,” he said. “A lapse of one or two minutes puts the nail in the coffin in this conference.”
Hopi was without post player Sivayah Tootsie, who was out with a knee injury. The Bruins lost the battle of the backboards. “We gave them too many second chances,” Coach Lambert said. Coach Lambert said Hawk, Sahneyah and Toms played well for the Bruins.