2/5/2013 11:56:00 AM Hopi High tops Greyhills and St. Michaels to close out regular season
Hopi High basketball players are all smiles after winning their final home game of the basketball season. Stan Bindell/NHO
Stan Bindell The Observer
Allen Joshevama poured in 19 points as Hopi High came from behind to beat Greyhills 50-37 in boys high school basketball action Jan 24.
Hopi improved to 7-12 overall and 4-8 in their conference.
Stephen Tootsie fired in 16 points, Blake Sekaquaptewa and Kai Kelly netted four points apiece, Kendrick Deschner added three markers and Rex Yellow had a deuce.
Stonn Billy lead Greyhills with 13, Tremaine Begay netted nine, Vinton Wells tossed in eight and DeVaughn Sheppard scored seven.
Hopi High coach Rick Baker said Greyhills was in charge for most of the first half, but Hopi cut the lead before halftime.
Hopi overtook Greyhills in the second half by making adjustments to its full court press and its matchup zones. The Bruins also slowed down their offense creating time to set screens.
Joshevama led Hopi with ten rebounds and Sekaquaptewa ran the offense with ten assists.
Coach Baker said the Bruins will lose only Joshevama and Rex Yellow to graduation.
"But we'll still have a young crew next year," he said. "We have some talent coming up. We just need to work with them. Beating Greyhills was a good win for us."
Greyhills led 9-4 after the first quarter as the Bruins had a hard time getting their offense untracked.
In the early part of the second quarter, Greyhills maintained a seven to nine point edge. Tootsie nailed three foul shots and Deschner hit a layup as Hopi pulled to within 17-15. Greyhills led 23-22 at the half.
Kelly hit a jumper to start the second half to give Hopi the edge, but Billy countered with a three-point play and Bartlett sank a foul shot as Greyhills led 27-24. Hopi tied it at 27-27 and 29-29 before closing the quarter with a 7-2 spurt. Tootsie sank a layup and nailed a critical three-point shot before Sekaquaptewa closed with a layup giving Hopi a 36-31 lead.
The teams traded baskets to start the fourth quarter. Hopi then put the game away with a 7-0 run. Joshevama hit a bank shot, Tootsie hit another trey and Joshevama sank a layup to give Hopi a 45-33 lead with two minutes to go in the game.
In the girls game Kaitlyn Billy and Christen Ben led the way helping the Lady Bruins beat Greyhills 59-23.
Hopi vs. St Michaels
The Hopi High School boys basketball team won its final home game of the season beating St. Michaels 62-45 Jan. 29.
The Bruins showed balance on offense as four players scored in double figures.
Joshevama topped Hopi with 13 points, Kelly poured in a dozen points and Sekaquaptewa and Tootsie netted 11 points apiece. Yellow scored seven points and Deschner and Sean Sloan helped out with four points each. Jaysen Shasten scored 20 points and Willard Gillmore netted 17 for St. Michaels but they didn't have any other players with more than four points.
Baker said it was a good team effort. He praised the Bruins for out rebounding a taller team. Baker said a good first half defense helped lead Hopi to the victory.
"In the second half, we got lazy and gave up some easy baskets," he said.
Kelly fired in six points and Sekaquaptewa added four as Hopi jumped to a 19-4 lead after the first period. Yellow, Joshevama and Kelly scored four points each in the second period. The Bruins led 31-12 at intermission.
St. Michaels rallied in the third period to pull within 13 points with 1:55 left in the third quarter. Hopi led 42-28 going into the final period.
Hopi put the game out of reach by starting the fourth period with a 17-2 run. Tootsie started the rally with a trey, Sekaquaptewa hit a layup and two foul shots, Deschner sank two layups, Sloan connected on one layup, Tootsie hit two foul shots and Joshevama canned a rebound shot as Hopi led 59-30 with 4:56 left in the game. Baker gave the bench some play for the rest of the game.