By Greg Perkins–
The Joseph City Wildcats went 2-1 on the court last week.
After losing soundly in Holbrook last Tuesday, they bounced back with quality home wins over Cibecue on Friday and rival Mogollon on Saturday.
“Against Holbrook we struggled in all aspects of the game. Holbrook shot almost 70 percent to win the game 84-42. It seemed like we were a step behind the entire game,” said Coach Eric Miller.
Jacob Fields led the Cats in scoring with 16 points. Wyatt Bain added 10, Dallas Elmer, 8, and Daniel Bushman, 7.
On Friday Joseph City played DishChii’ Bikoh, (formerly known as Cibecue) and fared much better than in the Holbrook outing. Despite shooting just 31 percent from the field, the Wildcats were able to pull out a win, thanks to forcing a lot of turnovers with their defense. Cibecue missed a three point shot at the buzzer, leaving the Wildcats on top 46-44.
“Austin Lee came off the bench and gave us some great minutes, and Jaden Parra had a good game with a double-double, scoring 12 points with 10 boards,” added Coach Miller.
Cibecue 15 10 5 14 44
Joseph City 11 7 13 15 46
Saturday’s home game with the Mustangs was a physical battle won by the Cats, 58-47.
“We played better on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. In a very physical game we were able to get a bunch of rebounds and finish out the win. Daniel Bushman played an all around great game with 9 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Jacob Fields hit seven free throws in the fourth quarter to help us close out the game,” said the coach.
Fields ended the night with 26 points and seven boards. Bain recorded a double-double with 10 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
The Wildcats travel to Snowflake tonight (Jan. 20) to take on a tough Lobo team. On Saturday they match up once again with the Mustangs, this time in Heber. On Tuesday they will host St. Johns.