The Cake Chevrolet Winslow Shootout boys' basketball tournament saw a number of close games played in its pool play contests on Thursday and Friday to determine brackets for the Championship, Third Place and Consolation completion on Saturday. The 12 teams in the tournament included two from Winslow due to the absence of one expected team.
In actuality, the entire Winslow varsity roster played some in all of both teams' games but the bulk of the time determined which team was which. Games in which Winslow B was listed had bench players see most of the action.
The Championship Bracket on Saturday wound up with Winslow playing Payson and Chino Valley meeting Blue Ridge. Winners and losers were to play later.
The Third Place Bracket had Snowflake playing Ganado and Tuba City meeting Greyhills with winners and losers to play later.
The Consolation Bracket had San Tan Foothills playing Sedona and Hopi playing a filler team from Blue Ridge. Winners and losers were to play later.
On Thursday, Payson defeated Ganado 62-52 led by Dakota Marshall and Cody Waterma with 19 and 18 points respectively. Levi Tsinijinnie and Riley Benward were in double figures for Ganado with 14 and 11 points respectively.
Blue Ridge defeated the Winslow"B" team 74-37., led by Cody Carlson with 22 points and Robert Kinney with 18. Winslow did not have a player in double figures.
Tuba City defeated San Tan 58-23. The Warriors had 11 players score led by Ryan Yazzie with 16 points and Everett Chee with 10 points. C. J. Fields had 11 points to lead San Tan.
Snowflake defeated Greyhills 78-64 with four players in double figures. Ray Peterson had 17 points, Tanner Yellowhair and Trevor Reddick 13 and Trent Hall 12 for the Lobos. Greyhills had three players in double figures in Brand Whiterock with 17 points and Colin Tom and Tremayne Yazzie with 12 each.
The Winslow Bulldogs defeated Sedona Red Rock 70-56 led by Kraig Shirley and Lakota Shirley with 15 points each. Kevin Cox of Sedona was game high scorer with 21 points.
Chino Valley edged Hopi 49-43 in the closest game of the night led by Jeremy Robbins with 12 points. Trevor Crook of Hopi was game high scorer with 19 points.
On Friday, the Winslow "B" team defeated San Tan 67-42. Dale Dixon led Winslow with 21 points. Micheaux Begaii with 12 points and Jevon Estelle with 10 were also in double figures for the winners. C.S. Fields netted 15 points and Shariff Jones with 10 paced San Tan.
Blue Ridge edged Tuba City in a high scoring 84-79 contest. Kenny Kellywood with 20 points led the Yellowjackets. Nick Johnson and Robert Kinney scored 19 for Blue Ridge.
Tuba City had four players in double figures including game high scorer Troy Begay with 26 points. Everett Chee had 19 points, Ryan Yazzie 14 and Jo-el Thomas 12.
Payson defeated Hopi 63-38. W. Cody paced Payson with 29 points and M. Dakota was also in double figures with 16 points for the Longhorns. Kevin Tsingine had 15 points for Hopi.
Snowflake defeated Sedona 73-56. Snowflake had four players in double figures with Michael Bonham with 20, Robby Martindale with 16 and Jake Shumway and Blake Peterson with 10 each. Thomas Websey scored 10 points for Sedona.
Chino Valley edged Ganado 50-46. Ty Mier led Chino Valley with 13 points with Kai Roanhorse adding 11 for the Cougars. Marcus Begay was high scorer for the game with 14 points for Ganado.
Winslow got by Greyhills in a tough contest. Jevon Estelle with 12 points and Kraig Shirley with 11 led the Bulldogs T. Yazzie with 19 points for Greyhills was the top scorer and. N. Gishie was in double figures with 17.
There will be another article based on bracket play in an upcoming issue of the Navajo-Hopi Observer.