Payson Longhorns are the Winslow Shootout Champions

The Cake Chevrolet Winslow Shootout Basketball Tournament completed with bracket play on Saturday after pool play on Thursday and Friday determined which bracket teams would be put into for final round play.

The Payson Longhorns won the Championship Bracket with a razor thin 46-44 nipping of the Blue Ridge Yellowjackets for the championship. The Longhorns led most of the game and held off a Blue Ridge comeback to preserve the win. Payson had three players in double figures led by Cody Waterman with 19 points. Ever Figueroa had 12 points and Dakota Marshall with 11points was also in double figures for the Longhorns. Kenny Kellywood led Blue Ridge with 12 points, one more than Robert Kinney who had 11 points.

Winslow easily defeated the Chino Valley Cougars 63-41 for third place in the Championship Bracket. Dale Dixon led Winslow with 20 points including six three point shots. Micheaux Begaii was also in double figures for the Bulldogs with 13 points. Ty Meir was in double figures for Chino Valley with 10 points.

The Championship Bracket had Payson defeat Winslow 48-44 in a first round game. Dakota Marshall led Payson with 19 points. Winslow had Kraig Shirley with 12 points and Jevon Estelle with 11 in double figures.  Blue Ridge earned its spot in the finals with a whopping 67-34 win over Chino Valley in the other semi-final game. Dallas Threlkeld and Robert Kinney led Blue Ridge with 14 points each. Kai Bighorse had 11 points for Chino Valley.

The Snowflake Lobos won the Third Place Bracket with a tight 58-54 win over the Greyhills Knights. Snowflake was led by Tarrin Tanner and Trent Hall with 12 points each and Blake Peterson with 10 points. Greyhills had three players with 10 points each in Colin Tom, Brandon Whiterock and Mettale Alcott. The Tuba City Warriors defeated the Ganado Hornets 66-57 to take third in that bracket. The Warriors had five players in double figures led by Julio Trejo with 13 points. Tyson Tsingine had 12 points, Alex Goldtooth and Nolan Smith 11 and Kent Tallsalt 10 points. Marcus Begay of Ganado was game high scorer with 28 points and Ricky Benward was in double figures with 11 points for the Hornets.

Earlier the Third Place Bracket had Snowflake defeat Ganado in a good game 70-62 in one semi-final game. Greyhills bested Tuba City 72-58 in the other semi-final game. Joel Thomas had 12 points for Tuba City and Nolan Smith added 11. Greyhills had the leading scorers with Tremayne Yazzie scoring 19 and Brandon Whiterock 16. Snowflake had four players in double figures in Tarrin Tanner with 14, Blake Peterson with 13 and Robby Martindale and Trent Hall with 10 each. Ganado had the game high scorers in Levi Tsinijinnie with 22 points and Marcus Begay 22 points.

The Sedona Red Rock Scorpions won the Consolation Bracket with a 68-49 win over the Hopi Bruins behind Kevin Cox's 22 points. Hopi had two double figure scorers in Lani Ackley with 20 points and Brandon Barton's 10 points. A Snowflake filler team won the game for third place in the bracket over San Tan Foothills 38-31.

Earlier the Consolation Bracket had Sedona Red Rock trounce San Tan Foothills 67-32 in the first semi-final game with Kevin Cox scoring 12 points, M. Galvez 11 and B. Cox 10 for the winners. C.J. Fields led San Tan with 14 points and James Slanth added 13. A Blue Ridge team that was a filler for what would have been the 16th team in the tournament beat Hopi 57-42. Dillon Washman of Blue Ridge was the only player in double figures with 10 points.

The All Tournament Team included Kenny Kellywood and Robert Kinney of Blue Ridge, Kai Bighorse of Chino Valley, Marcus Begay of Ganado, Tremayne Yazzie of Greyhills, Dakota Marshall and Cody Waterman of Payson, Kevin Cox of Sedona, Robby Martindale of Snowflake, Troy Begay of Tuba City and Dale Dixon and Kraig Shirley of Winslow.

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