Hopi Bruins improve to 5-2 for conference play<br>

PINON — Hopi High’s boys basketball team won its last two conference games. The Bruins beat Monument Valley, 75-65, Jan. 17 at Hopi. The Bruins then beat Pinon, 71-57, Jan. 22 at Pinon. Hopi improved to 13-8 overall and 5-2 in the 3A North Conference.

Hopi vs. MVHS

Tyler Pete topped Hopi with 27 points, Michael Schjang fired in 21, Matthew Honanie tossed in 13, Harry Kisto netted seven, Alden Suetopka added four and Lindsey Wise had three. Aaron Notah Smith led Monument Valley with 20, Ashley Atene fired in 14 and Ryan Manheimer netted a dozen points.

Schjang fired in seven and Honanie added a half dozen points as Hopi jumped to a 19-11 edge after the first quarter. Pete poured in eight points in the second stanza as the Bruins zoomed to a 34-22 halftime edge.

Pete tossed in eight points and Schjang added five as the Bruins led 54-41 after three quarters. Notah-Smith poured in a dozen points in the final quarter as Monument Valley attempted a comeback but it fell short.

Hopi jumped out to an 11-0 edge and maintained its lead the rest of the game.

Hopi High Coach Mark Hall said Monument Valley didn’t expect the Bruins to start the game as hot as they did.

“It was a typical offensively balanced game for us,” he said, noting that three players were in double figures.

Coach Hall said defensively it was another good team effort.

“We just tried to contain them, and pick our spots,” he said.

Coach Hall said the Mustangs out-rebounded them, but Hopi pulled down key rebounds when they needed them.

In the second half, Hopi led by 16 points. Monument Valley cut the lead to eight before Hopi grabbed key rebounds and scored off them to push the lead back to a dozen points. Tyler Pete led the way with 12 rebounds for Hopi.

Hopi vs. Pinon

Three Bruins scored in double figures in Hopi’s victory against Pinon.

Michael Schjang topped the Bruins with 29 points including 23 in the first half. Matt Honanie fired in 18, Tyler Pete tossed in 14, Alden Suetopka pitched in with a career high eight points and Harry Kisto added a deuce.

Jermaine Chee poured in 30 points for the Eagles. Everett Denny tossed in 10 points, Fabian Bahe helped out with seven, Lucius Allen and Troy Tachine added three points apiece and Dominick Harding and Clifton Sakizzie had a deuce each.

Hopi High Coach Mark Hall said the Bruins played a good game.

“We started out slow, but our defense picked us up,” he said. “Our purpose was to contain Chee and shut everybody else down. It worked out perfectly.

Defensively, we were all in good position all night.”

Hopi used a man-to-man defense that worked effectively.

Coach Hall said Hopi didn’t shoot the ball as well as they have been shooting recently. But Hopi was able to score on fast break opportunities.

The Bruins out-rebounded the Eagles with Tyler Pete pulling down a dozen boards.

Coach Hall said Suetopka had one of his best games despite playing with the flu.

“He rebounded well and he hit his shots,” the coach said.

Schjang netted eight points in the opening period as Hopi jumped to a 13-9 edge. Schjang fired in 15 and Honanie tossed in seven in the second stanza as the

Bruins raced to a 37-27 halftime edge.

The Hopi defense stepped up in the third quarter by holding the Eagles to four points. In the meantime, Honanie scored a half dozen and Suetopka added four points as the Bruins grabbed a 54-31 cushion.

Chee poured in 14 points in the final quarter and Pinon outscored Hopi by nine points during the period, but the Bruins still coasted to the victory.

(Stan Bindell, former Observer editor, is journalism and radio teacher at Hopi High School.)

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