In the last game, Schjang finished with 17 including 11 in the fourth quarter and Hopi’s last nine points of the game. Kisto poured in 25 points. Joseph Wilson topped Ganado with 14.
Hopi High Coach Mark Hall said the Bruins were never out of any of the games.
“There were disappointments and good things that happened, but we were competitive,” he said. “The kids are coming together. They can see who can score and they’re accepting their roles. We’re getting better defensively because we’re helping each other out.”
Coach Hall said the Hopi defense is adequate and the offense is pretty good.
“We showed that we can score at will when we want to,” he said.
Coach Hall said Hopi High held its own rebounding. He said in order for the team to improve that the players must learn to accept their roles and contribute in whatever way they can.
Lady Bruin action
The Hopi High girls won two of five games at the Round Valley tourney.
The Lady Bruins have a 3-5 record.
Hopi beat Duncan, 49-46, in the opening round as Deidra Jones poured in 15 points and Rozanna Nasafotie added 11.
During the first game, Jones injured her ankle and wasn’t at 100 percent for the rest of the tournament.
In the second round, Round Valley beat Hopi, 61-35. Whitney Begay led the Lady Bruins with 13 points.
Silver City (Colorado) beat Hopi 70-33 in the third game. Tracy Honani led the Lady Bruins with 20 points.
Hopi beat Sabino, 38-28, in the fourth game. Terra Morgan led Hopi with eight points. Nadia Nelson and Rozanna Nasafotie added seven apiece for the Lady Bruins.
In the final game, Holbrook beat Hopi, 34-27. Nelson paced Hopi with 11 points.
(Stan Bindell, former Observer editor, is journalism and radio teacher at Hopi High School.)