MANY FARMS, -- Three Bruins scored in double figures as Hopi High beat Many Farms, 71-46, in boys high school basketball action Jan. 4 in Many Farms.
Shawn Honanie topped Hopi with 26 points, Michael Thayer poured in 12 points and Mike Lomatewama netted 10 for the Bruins. The other Hopi players contributing to the victory were Jeremy Adams and Vincent Timms tossed in five points apiece, Renaldo Wartz chipped in with four points, Paul Huma, Matt Lamson, Alden Suetopka and Octavius Wartz added two points each.
Ray Thompson led Many Farms with 15 points and Reggie Clah netted 10 points.
Hopi High Coach James Lomakema said the Bruins played well.
"We looked decent on defense. Our offense can still improve, but we're looking better," he said.
Coach Lomakema said the Hopi High offense can improve if the players see the entire floor. He said they need to find the open man.
"We're missing too many opportunities," he said. "Each player needs to step it up, meaning that each player has to take it upon themself to score more."
Coach Lomakema said Hopi doesn't have one key scorer so everybody needs to contribute more. He said holding the opposition to less than 50 points is an indication of good defense.
"On defense, as a team we did the little things to help each other out," he said.
Coach Lomakema said Hopi outrebounded Many Farms with Thayer leading the way. He said the Bruins' defense is improving.
Coach Lomakema said he thanks the parents and fans for their support.
"We hope they keep coming out," he said.
Honanie fired in seven points in the opening period and Thayer added four markers as the Bruins jumped to a 16-1 edge.
Honanie netted another five points and Renaldo Wartz added four as Hopi led at intermission, 32-17. Clah kept Many Farms in range with ten second quarter points.
Honanie poured in another ten points in the third quarter as Hopi led 48-31 going to the final period.
Thayer tossed in seven points and Lomatewaima added a half dozen as the Bruins cruised to the victory in the fourth quarter. Thompson netted nine points for Many Farms in the final quarter.
(Stan Bindell, former Observer editor, is journalism and radio teacher at Hopi High School.)