By Greg Perkins
The Lobos picked up two relatively easy wins last week, then dropped a close game to rival Show Low on Saturday.
Snowflake opened the week on Tuesday, cruising by Cibecue 91-45.
Ten players scored for the Lobos, led by Braccin Tanner with 17. Reggie Petersen added 16 with eight rebounds. Doug Brimhall had 14, Rick Shumway, 9, and Chase Walden scored 8 to go with 14 rebounds. Jarom Beecroft netted 7, Dallin Merrell and Trent Caldwell, 6 each, Dallin Fusselman, 5, and Luke Lewis, 3.
Snowflake was able to overcome 30 turnovers, partly by gaining 15 steals and going 14 for 17 at the free throw line.
On Friday the Lobos welcomed a large crowd to their gym as Falcon fans always travel well. Alchesay is a scrappy team to beat, but the Lobos showed they were the better team, sending many fans back to Whiteriver with a 73-49 loss.
Snowflake had four players in double figures with a balanced attack led by Shumway with 15. Brimhall added 14 with 14 rebounds. Walden scored 13, and Petersen finished with 11 points and 15 rebounds. Tanner added 9, Fusselman, 4, Beecroft, Lewis and Merrell, 2 each, and Caldwell, 1.
Snowflake went just nine for 19 at the line. Free throws weren’t needed in this game, but they sure would have helped the next night.
With a tall Show Low team visiting on Saturday, the two rival schools battled to a two-point decision with Show Low handing Snowflake a 63-61 home court loss.
Both sides played close, with the Cougars having 12 steals and 25 turnovers, and the Lobos nearly match-ing that with 13 steals and 26 turnovers. Both teams shot 44 percent from two-point range and both shot poorly from distance. The free throw line is where the Cougars held a slight edge. Show Low shot 64 percent, making 16 of 25 attempts, while Snowflake hit just 14 of 26 for 54 percent. Had either team shot better from the charity stripe they would have won the game a little easier.
Shumway led the way for Snowflake with 13. Merrell and Petersen each had 10, Walden and Brimhall, 9 each, Fusselman, 7, and Tanner, 3.
Snowflake heads into the next three games ranked 11th in the power point rankings with a record of 8-3. With just three weeks left in the regular season, each game becomes more important. After playing Alchesay at Whiteriver on Tuesday, the Lobos will be on the road again on Friday, Jan. 18, in Joseph City. On Tues-day, Jan. 22, they travel to Show Low for a rematch with the Cougars.
By Greg Perkins