By Greg Perkins –
The Wildcats of Joseph City played two close games and were witness to one blowout last week.
On Tuesday they battled archrival Mogollon and pulled away from a third quarter tie to win the game 74-62.
“We played a great game. I was impressed with our players’ intensity. They fought to the end to pull it out. We were able to attack the basket and it really paid off. Josh Parra played a great game on defense, going full court the entire game against one of their better players,” said Coach Eric Miller
On Friday the Cats battled St. Michael to another nailbiter. A slow first half with several turnovers led to easy buckets for St. Michael. After trailing by 16 at the half, Joseph City came roaring back and trimmed half that deficit away by the end of the third period. In the fourth the Wildcats forged ahead, then saw the lead go back and forth down the stretch. Wyatt Bain nailed a three-point shot with under a minute left to tie the game. Then a defensive stop allowed the Cats to play for a last second shot opportunity to win the game. Unfortunately, they turned the ball over and St. Michael scored to get the 64-62 win.
Zachary Miller had 18 points and eight assists. Bain scored 17, including four three-pointers. Dallin Baldwin added 12 with eight boards and Daniel Bushman scored 7 and pulled down 11 rebounds.
“This loss put us at 2-3 in region play. We have three big games left this week and could still end up finishing anywhere from first to fourth in our region,” added Coach Miller.
Joseph City played at Snowflake on Saturday and limped home with a 67-28 road loss. Parra netted 9 with six rebounds. Miller scored 7, and Bushman helped with 12 rebounds and three steals.
This week the Wildcats were slated to travel to Mogollon on Tuesday, then will be at St. Michael on Friday, Jan. 28. On Saturday they will host Rock Point on Senior Night.