By Sam Conner
The Durango Demons of Colorado won the Tate’s Shootout Tournament championship with a 38-33 victory over the Holbrook Roadrunners on Saturday in Winslow. The Winslow Bulldogs took the consolation championship with a 77-44 win over the St. Johns Redskins. The Valley Sanders Pirates defeated the Snowflake Lobos 71-66 for third place in the championship bracket and the Hopi Bruins topped the Tuba City Warriors 56-52 for third place in the consolation bracket in other final round games on Saturday.
Durango 38, Holbrook 33
The Durango Demons won their fourth game and the championship of the Tate’s Shootout Tournament with a 38-33 victory over the Holbrook Roadrunners. Holbrook led the low scoring game 8-3 after the first quarter, but the Demons had tied the game at 16-16 by the half and led 26-25 after three quarters. Andon Hatch of Holbrook led all scorers with 15 points. Ty Elliot paced the Demons with 10 points. Nick Hamlin scored 9 for Durango.
Winslow 77, St. Johns 44
The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the St. Johns Redskins 77-44 for the consolation bracket championship. The Bull-dogs had a huge first quarter and led 35-15 going into the second period, 52-26 at the half and 70-36 after three quar-ters. Dayton Waite of St. Johns led all scorers with 23 points, but was the only Redskin in double figures. Winslow had four players in double digits led by Keenan Keams with 12 points. Milland Thomas had 11 points for the Bulldogs, and Michael Goldtooth and Jesi Bitsoi each had 10.
Valley Sanders 71,
The Valley Sanders Pirates defeated the Snowflake Lobos 71-66 in overtime in the game for third place in the championship bracket. Snowflake led 16-10 after the first quarter and 32-31 at the half. The Lobos were still up 46-43 after three quarters, but the Pirates tied the game 53-53 at the end of regulation play. The Pirates won the contest in the overtime period. Corey Quigley led all scorers with 28 points for the Pirates. Kevin Watchman with 18 points and Jere Betoney with 15 were also in double figures for the Pirates. Reggie Peterson led the Lobos with 17 points. Braccin Tanner was also in double figures for Snowflake with 11 points.
Hopi 56, Tuba City 52
The Hopi Bruins took third place in the consolation bracket with a 56-52 win over the Tuba City Warriors. The game was tied 12-12 after the first quarter, but the Bruins had a 29-18 lead at the half. Tuba City came back strong in the third quarter and led 40-39 going into the final period. Hopi outscored the Warriors 16-12 in the fourth quarter to claim the victory. Clyne Youvella led all scorers with 17 points for Hopi. Stephan Tootsie with 13 points and Allen Joshvema with 11 were also in double figures for the Bruins. Alonzo Thompson led Tuba City with 16 points. Christian Begay with 12 points and Tristan Begay with 11 points were also in double figures for the Warriors.
Holbrook and Durango reached the finals of the championship bracket. In consolation bracket games Winslow and St. Johns were winners and advanced to the consolation bracket championship game.
Durango 49, Snowflake 38
Durango defeated Snowflake 49-38 to qualify for the championship game. Durango built a 10-3 advantage in the first quarter and was up 27-11 at the half and 42-27 after three quarters. Ty Elliot and Nick Hamlin led all scorers with 12 points each for Durango, and Isiah Mayberry was also in double figures with 11 points. Doug Brimhall led Snow-flake with 10 points.
Valley Sanders 49
The Holbrook Roadrunners defeated the Valley Sanders Pirates 64-49 to reach the championship game. Holbrook led 19-10 after the first quarter and a 40-22 at the half. The Roadrunners were up 50-27 after three quarters. Holbrook had four players in double figures led by Kyle Chee with 18 points. Dontae Hollins and Sheldon Silversmith each had 12, and Nathan Turley had 11. Corey Quigley led Valley Sanders with 16 points.
Winslow 58, Hopi 41
The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Hopi Bruins 58-41 to reach the consolation championship game. Winslow led 18-7 after the first quarter, 35-25 at the half and 45-41 after three quarters. Michael Goldtooth led all scorers with 18 points for Winslow. Hopi had two players in double figures as Stephan Tootsie had 11 and Clyne Youvella had 10 points.
St. Johns 58, Tuba City 55
The St. Johns Redskins edged the Tuba City Warriors 58-55 to reach the consolation championship game. Tuba City led 18-14 after the first quarter and 34-27 at the half. The Warriors were still up 42-37 after three quarters. St. Johns came on strong and outscored the Redskins 21-13 in the final period for the win. Kendrick Begay of Tuba City led all scorers with 23 points. Alonzo Thompson was also in double figures for the Warriors with 14 points. St. Johns was led by Dillon Graf with 16 points and Dayton Waite with 15.
The Winslow Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season on Friday when the Valley Sanders Pirates defeated them 49-41. The loss dropped the Bulldogs into the consolation bracket on Saturday.
In other games on Friday, Snowflake defeated St. Johns 66-55, Holbrook got by Hopi 47-40 and Durango topped Tuba City 52-39.
Valley Sanders 49,
The Valley Sanders Pirates led after every period in their 49-41 win over the Winslow Bulldogs. The Pirates led 18-12 after the first quarter, 27-19 at the half and 40-33 after three quarters of play. The Pirates were more effective around the basket with 18 two-point baskets to 14 for Winslow. The Bulldogs shot many three-point shots, but were cold from that distance, hitting only two super shots to three for the Pirates.
Larson Tabaha led all scorers with 21 points for Valley Sanders. Kevin Watchman was also in double figures for the Pirates with 11. Michael Goldtooth led Winslow with 12 points.
Durango 52, Tuba City 39
Durango won its second game of the tournament 52-39 over the Tuba City Warriors. Durango needed a big second half to secure the victory. Durango led 13-11 after the first quarter, but trailed 23-21 at the half. A dominant third quar-ter put the Colorado squad up 38-29.
Ty Elliot of Durango led all scorers with 22 points. Dick Hamlin was also in double figures for Durango with 13 points. Christian Begody led Tuba City with 13 points.
Holbrook 47, Hopi 40
The Holbrook Roadrunners defeated the Hopi Bruins 47-40 on Friday. Hopi led 10-9 after the first quarter, but the Roadrunners stormed back to take a 24-12 lead at the half and were up 35-25 after three quarters of play.
Kyle Chee of Holbrook led all scorers with 17 points. Nathan Turley was also in double figures for the Roadrunners with 11 points. Stephan Tootsie led Hopi with 16 points. Tyler Richardson added 11 for the Bruins.
Snowflake 66, St. Johns 55
The Snowflake Lobos defeated the St. Johns Redskins 66-55 in second round action. The Lobos led 19-10 after the first quarter, 37-30 at the half and 51-39 after three quarters.
Reggie Peterson led all scorers with 21 points for Snowflake. Rick Shumway was also in double figures for the Lobos with 13 points. Jack Picler and Dayton Waite led St. Johns with 12 points each.
Winslow defeated the Tuba City Warriors 69-52 in their first game of tournament on Thursday. This was the last of four pool play games to determine matches for the brackets, which began on Friday. In other first round games Durango defeated Holbrook 46-32, Hopi bested St. Johns 56-50 and Snowflake got by Valley Sanders 60-42.
Winslow 69, Tuba City 52
Winslow defeated the Tuba City Warriors 69-52. The Bulldogs built an 18-10 first period lead, but saw that margin cut to two points with the score at 33-31 at the intermission. Their lead had increased to 53-44 by the end of the third quarter and Winslow pulled away in the final period.
Timmy Little paced Winslow with 16 points and was the only Bulldog in double figures. Stevin Nelson and Jesi Bitsoi each scored 8, and Michael Goldtooth and Keenan Keams each added 7 for the Bulldogs, who had 11 players score to nine for Tuba City. Tyler Johnson led Tuba City with 12 points, while Rogerson Foster and Cyrus Manygoats each scored 8.
Durango 46, Holbrook 32
Durango defeated the Holbrook Roadrunners 46-32 in a first round game. Durango built a commanding 14-3 first quarter lead and was up 22-13 at the half. Holbrook cut the gap to 31-27 in the third quarter, but saw Durango pull away in the final period.
Durango was led by Nick Hamlin with 13 points. Holbrook was led by Dontae Hollins with 8 points and Kyle Chee with 7.
Valley Sanders 42
The Snowflake Lobos defeated the Valley Sanders Pirates 60-52 in their first round game. Snowflake led 15-7 after the first quarter and 24-19 at the half. The Lobos increased their lead to 41-29 in the third quarter.
Corey Dugley of Sanders was the game high scorer with 21 points, half of his team’s total. Chase Walden led Snow-flake with 18 points. Rick Shumway was also in double figures for the Lobos with 13.
Hopi 56, St. Johns 50
The Hopi Bruins defeated the St. Johns Redskins 56-50 on Thursday. The Bruins trailed after each of the first three periods, but staged a 19-6 fourth quarter rush to overtake the Redskins and walk off with the victory. St. Johns led 16-13 after the first quarter, 27-23 at the half and 44-37 after three quarters.
Tyler Richardson of Hopi led all scorers with 20 points, including six three-point baskets. Blake Sekaquaytewa was also in double figures for the Bruins with 12 points and Stephan Tootsie scored 8 for the Bruins. Bayton Waite with 18 points and Kyle James with 16 points were in double figures for St. Johns.
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By Sam Conner