PINON-- The Hopi High School boys basketball team played well in spurts, but it wasn't enough as Pinon had three players in double figures to beat Hopi, 55-48, in boys high school basketball action Dec. 6. Hopi fell to 1-4.
Lane Archie topped Pinon with 16, Sean Gee poured in 14 and Darnell Redhouse fired in 10. Kendall Tom netted nine, Franson Ben added four and Reuben Lice tossed in a deuce.
Michael Lomatewaima led Hopi with 13 points, Michael Thayer tossed in eight, Alden Suetopka pitched in with seven, Matt Lamson and Donovan David scored a half dozen each and Vincent Timms and Shawn Honanie scored four points apiece.
Lomatewaima poured in five points and Thayer four as
Hopi led 14-12 after the first period. Gee scored a half dozen points for Pinon in the opening quarter.
Gee, Archie and Redhouse scored a half dozen points each in the second stanza to knot the game at 28-28 at halftime. Lamson fired in a pair of threes for the Bruins in the second quarter.
Redhouse and Tom fired in five points apiece in the third quarter as Pinon grabbed a 45-42 edge.
Lomatewaima countered with six points for Hopi during the third period.
Archie topped Pinon with six points in the final period as the Eagles grabbed the victory.
Hopi High Coach James Lomakema said the Bruins did not play to their potential.
"I know, and the team knows, that we can play better than we did last night," he said. "It's my responsibility to get this straightened out."
Coach Lomakema said Hopi High needs to improve on every facet of its game.
"I'm looking for someone to step up into our leadership role," he said.
Coach Lomakema said offensively the Bruins had lapses.
Defensively, he said the Hopi High players need to talk more, provide more help and be more aggressive.
"We played well in spurts, but as a team we're not there yet," he said.
(Stan Bindell, former Observer editor, is journalism and radio teacher at Hopi High School.)