By Greg Perkins
The Lobos opened the basketball season with a road win at St. Johns, taking down the Redskins 78-43.
Ty Reidhead didn’t take much time transitioning from football to basketball as he led Snowflake with 17 points. Kegan Kay added 15; Jordan Gardner, 10; Kurt Wood, 9; Everett Lunt, 8; Luke Lewis, 6; Travis Flake, 4; Porter Black, Dallin Fusselman, Gunner Caldwell and Keegan Bjorn, 2 each; and Tanner Crosby, 1.
Competing in the Red Rock Classic beginning last Thursday, the Lobos played seven games over the three-day stretch. They opened the tourney with a 62-40 win over Winslow. Rick Shumway had 14 points and Caldwell hit for 11. Flake controlled the boards with 13 rebounds.
On Thursday evening the Lobos topped Copper Canyon, 73-62. Shumway led the offense with 14 points followed by Fusselman with 12; Gardner, 10; and Kay, Lewis and Flake, 8 each.
On Friday morning the Lobos easily handled Hopi. Snowflake jumped out to a 20-5 first quarter lead and won the game 59-21. Shumway led with 11 points, Flake had 9 and Ty Reidhead had 8.
Later Friday the Lobos suffered their first loss of the season, falling to Blue Ridge 67-56. The Yellowjackets played well early, holding a 42-23 halftime lead. Snowflake fared better in the second half, but still came up short. Lewis led the Lobos with 16 points and Fusselman hit for 11.
Snowflake took to the court for three games on Saturday. The Lobos began with a 58-46 win over Payson in the morning, then scorched the nets for an 88-76 victory over Copper Canyon in the middle of the day. Shumway hit for 22, followed by Wood with 20. Reidhead scored 15 with 10 boards and Fusselman added 15 points.
In their seventh and final game of the tournament the Lobos came up short against Winslow, falling to the Bulldogs 76-65. Flake scored 14, Kay had 12 and Fusselman had 9.
The Lobos headed into this week with an overall mark of 6-2. After hosting Blue Ridge on Tuesday they will play in their second tournament of the year, facing Durango, Colo., in the first round of the Pepsi Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 12, in Flagstaff.
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By Greg Perkins