Monument Valley — Clayton Edd and Kyle Phillips led the way as Monument Valley beat Hopi, 48-38, in boys basketball action Feb. 6.
Monument Valley sits tied for second in the 3A North while Hopi is in sixth place in the eight-team division.
Clayton Edd topped the Mustangs with 15 points including 10 in the decisive third period. Kyle Phillips fired in 16, Brennan Tallman knocked down two treys for six points, Byron Begay chipped in with four points, Marino Sullivan tossed in three points and Evans Jensen, Gisha McKerry and Travis Hoshnie scored a deuce each.
Mack Talashie led Hopi with 10 points, Ritchie Sahneyah chipped in with nine, Ty Zahne and Monty Lee scored seven each, Dion Tawahongva netted three and Mike Adams had a deuce.
Hopi High Coach Mark Hall said the key to the game came in the last 30 seconds of the first half. The Bruins gave away six straight points in those 30 seconds as they were ahead by three, but by halftime they were down by three.
“We had three quick turnovers. We just didn’t take care of the ball. The turnovers were unforced. We just threw the ball away,” he said. “The momentum that we had was lost.”
Hopi then came out flat in the third quarter.
“We played well for three quarters. As a coach, it was my type of game. It was low scoring and every possession was important,” he said.
Coach Hall said with point guard Michael Schjang and shooter Leonard Hawk out, he just didn’t have anybody step up to score.
“Our defense was wonderful. If you hold Monument Valley to 48 points, you expect to win. Defensively, it was a good team effort. It was the best defense we played all year,” he said.
Hall credited Monty Lee with playing a solid game in the post. He led the Bruins in rebounding as Hopi played the taller Monument Valley team even on the backboards.
“Monty also took quality shots,” the coach said.
Sahneyah and Tawahongva hit treys in the opening quarter as Hopi grabbed a 7-6 edge. Phillips countered with four points for Monument Valley in the first period.
Tallman nailed his two treys and Phillips added four points as the Mustangs rode ahead 21-18 at halftime.
Lee and Sahneyah scored three apiece for Hopi in the second stanza to keep the Bruins close.
Edd poured in 10 points and Phillips and Sullivan scored three each in the third quarter as Monument Valley zoomed ahead, 37-24. Lee led Hopi with four points during the quarter.
Talashie fired in seven points and Zahne added four in the final period as Hopi closed the gap. Begay netted four and Phillips chipped in with three for the Mustangs in the final period as Monument Valley grabbed the victory.