Window Rock — Four players scored in double figures as Hopi beat Window Rock, 64-51, in boys basketball action Jan. 30 in Window Rock.
Hopi improved to 7-19 overall and 3-8 in the 3A North Conference as the Bruins moved up to sixth place ahead of Window Rock and Winslow.
Hopi High Coach Mark Hall said this was the most complete game the Bruins had played all season.
“We had a letdown for almost two minutes in the second quarter when they cut it to 12. Our kids coming off the bench were nervous, but we were in control the entire game and we used our substitutes in the fourth quarter,” he said.
Coach Hall said the Hopi offense executed well and he was pleased that the Bruins had four players in double figures for the third consecutive game.
“Our defense stepped up, and that was the key,” he said. “We used man-to-man the entire game and keyed on certain players. It was a solid team effort defensively.”
Hopi beat Window Rock off the backboards.
“Everybody did a good job of hitting the boards for us,” he said. “They didn’t get many offensive rebounds.”
Coach Hall praised Talashie for showing strong leadership by telling the players what to do when they were in the huddle.
Hopi’s super sophomore Michael Schjang led all scorers with 17 points, Mack Talashie and Matt Honanie fired in a dozen apiece, Monty Lee tossed in 10 points, Ty Zahne chipped in with a half dozen, Dion Tawahongva netted five and Harry Kisto had a deuce.
Gordon Segay led the Scouts with 16, Farentino Tsosie tossed in nine, Jacob Kaluaity chipped in with a half dozen, John Huyser, Will Holtsoi and Gabriel Haskie netted five each, Joseph Young and Brian Smith had a deuce each, and Aaron Segay sank a free throw.
Honanie fired in three treys in the opening period, but he had plenty of help from his teammates. Talashie netted five, Lee tossed in four and Tawahongva had three as Hopi zoomed to a 21-3 bulge after the first quarter.
The lead grew to 24-3 before Window Rock came alive. Segay poured in 10 points in the second stanza as Window Rock pulled within 32-18 at intermission. Lee
scored four and Honanie three during the second stanza for Hopi.
The Bruins had another offensive explosion in the third quarter as Schjang fired in ten, Talashie netted five and Zahne tossed in four as Hopi led 51-31 after three quarters.
Segay tossed in six and Tsosie and Huyser scored four apiece as Window Rock closed the gap a bit in the fourth, but Schjang poured in another seven points in the final period for Hopi as the Bruins coasted to the victory.