POLACCA-Renaldo Wartz poured in 24 points and Michael Lomatewaima fired in 23 points as Hopi High beat Chinle, 71-58, in boys' high school basketball action Jan. 6 at Hopi.
Hopi improved to 8-7 overall and 3-1 in the 3A North Conference.
Roper Crook helped Hopi with 13 points, Paul Huma netted nine and Matt Lamson had a deuce.
Fenzel Harvey topped Chinle with 24 points, Kyle Tsosie added 12 points, Reis Clauschee netted a half dozen points, Kynard Begay, Stanley Tsosie and Rendell Gay tossed in four points apiece and Sean Natay and Darrell Begay scored two points each.
Harvey fired in nine points in the opening period as Chinle grabbed a 20-19 edge. Wartz countered with eight points to keep Hopi close.
Michael Lomatewaima poured in a dozen points in the second quarter as Hopi zoomed ahead 40-37 at intermission. Tsosie countered with six points for the Wildcats.
Wartz netted 11 points in the third period as Hopi extended the lead to 57-45. Harvey led Chinle with four points during the period.
Crook and Lomatewaima tossed in five points apiece as Hopi coasted to the victory. Harvey poured in 11 points for Chinle in the final quarter.
Hopi High Coach James Lomakema said the Bruins are improving.
"It's nice to get a conference win and I hope we keep improving," he said.
While still early in the season, Lomakema is happy that Hopi has won three of four conference games.
"On any given night, any team in conference can be beaten," he said.
Coach Lomakema said the Hopi defense played well against Chinle, but that the offense needs to improve.
"We're not running the offense the way we need to. We need to execute the plays better," he said. "Except for some mental lapses, our defense was decent. We had
a good team effort on defense."
Hopi held its own on the backboards with Crook and Lomatewaima leading the way.