Tuba City — Devin Dugi fired in 27 points as Tuba City beat Hopi, 64-44, in boys basketball action Feb. 1.
Dugi had plenty of help as Donnie Curtis poured in a dozen points, Ryan Brown chipped in with eight, Michael Justice and Ryan Tsingine netted five points apiece, Jonathan Jones tossed in three points, and Jose Dostas and Courtney Tsingine had a deuce each.
Michael Schjang topped Hopi with 19 points, Ritchie Sahneyah and Mack Talashie scored a half dozen each, Ty Zahne tossed in five, Mack Talashie netted three points, Monty Lee and Dion Tawahongva scored a deuce each and Dustin Denet sank a free throw.
Dugi tossed in six points and Curtis and Brown netted four each in the opening period as the Warriors grabbed a 17-12 edge. Schjang poured in eight points and Zahne added four during the first quarter to keep the Bruins close.
Dugi countered with nine points in the second quarter as Tuba City zoomed to a 34-20 halftime edge. Schjang scored four points in the second period to have 12 at intermission.
Schjang fired in another seven points and Sahneyah scored a half dozen in the third period as Hopi pulled within 48-35.
Dugi and Curtis both netted six points in the third to keep Tuba City ahead.
Dugi scored another six points and Ryan Tsingine added five as Tuba City coasted to the victory in the final quarter.
Hopi High Coach Mark Hall said the Bruins came out flat and failed to recognize key situations such as the open man or the type of defense the opposition was using.
“We couldn’t find any matchups. When we went into a zone, Dugi shot over it. When we went man-to-man, we didn’t match up,” he said. “The game started slow, but we were never able to take off.”
Coach Hall credited Dugi with playing a great game as he hit six treys and didn’t score less than six points in any quarter. He noted that Dugi has been nominated for the prestigious MacDonald’s All-American team. Utah University Coach Rick Majerus nominated him.
“Tuba City could make it to the final four at state, but it’s hard to tell because they’ve been up and down. Tuba City has good balance, but they’re not very deep. They only have six or seven good players — and that could hurt them when they get to state,” he said.
Coach Hall said Hopi doesn’t match up well against either Tuba City or Monument Valley because both of those teams have good inside and outside games.
Coach Hall said Hopi didn’t get a lot of rebounds against Tuba City because the Warriors hit a high percentage of their shots.
Coach Hall said Sahneyah and Talashie played solid defense in the second half.