By Greg Perkins
The Snowflake Lobos picked up an all important power point win over Blue Ridge Dec. 4, then went 3-1 at the Pepsi Invitational Tournament in Flagstaff last weekend, claiming the consolation championship with a big win over Winslow in their final game.
Hosting the Yellowjackets, the Lobos had a strong performance from their interior players with Reggie Petersen leading the way with 20 points. Rick Shumway added 14, Chase Walden, 12, Doug Brimhall, 8, Braccin Tanner, 6, Keagan Kay, 4, and Luke Lewis, 2.
In the first round of the Pepsi tourney on Thursday, Snowflake met up with Division I North Canyon and came up short, 69-55. The Lobos trailed by just three at the half, but North Canyon opened the second half by making seven consecutive three-point shots to pull out to a comfortable working margin. Petersen led the Lobos with 10 points and eight boards. Brimhall, Walden and Tanner each netted 8 in the loss.
That would be Snowflake’s only loss of the tournament as the Lobos went on to win their next three. After cruising past Mohave by over 30 points on Friday’s only game, Snowflake met up with Hopi on Saturday morning and defeated the Bruins, 60-39. Walden hit for 12, Derek Fusselman had 8 and Petersen finished with 7 as several players logged playing time.
The win over Hopi put the Lobos into the consolation title game against Winslow on Saturday afternoon. Playing behind another strong performance from Petersen, the Lobos opened up a big lead early and cruised to a 70-52 win over the Bulldogs. Petersen finished with 20 points and 13 boards. Walden added 16 and Shumway had 9.
The Lobos headed into Tuesday’s home game against a tough Payson squad with an overall mark of 7-4. On Friday, Dec. 14, they will host a pesky Mogollon team, then on Monday, Dec. 17, they have a short road trip to face the Roadrunners in Holbrook.
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By Greg Perkins