By Greg Perkins
The Lobos swept all three games last week, improving their overall mark to an impressive 22-4 and their power point record to 14-1, placing them fourth heading into the final week of the regular season.
Snowflake started the three-game run at Globe on Tuesday where the Lobos had little problem handling the Tigers, returning home with a 78-42 win.
Ty Reidhead led the Lobos’ offense with 13 points. Rick Shumway and Keegan Bjorn added 11 each; Dallin Fusselman, 10; Luke Lewis and Travis Flake, 9 each; Jordan Gardner and Gunner Caldwell, 6 each; and Kegan Kay, 3.
Thursday’s contest at Blue Ridge was much closer as the Lobos had to rally from behind in the fourth period to secure the win. Both teams scored well early and the Yellowjackets held a six-point edge at the close of the first. The Lobos found themselves trailing by eight points at the half and by nine heading into the final quarter. In the fourth they stepped up their play to come from behind and win the game 77-71.
Kurt Wood netted eight of his team high 18 in the final quarter, which included a pair of three-point shots. Fusselman added 16 points while converting all six of his free throw attempts in the final period. Shumway followed with 13; Kay, 12; Lewis and Flake, 6 each; Gardner, 4; and Reidhead, 2.
Hosting Safford on Saturday Snowflake had a much easier time of it. After a slow start in the first period where the Lobos led by just one point they coasted to a 72-37 win, thanks to big finishes to each half. In the second quarter they outscored the Bulldogs 22-5 and in the fourth they posted a 23-7 advantage.
Wood led 12 Lobos in scoring with 13 points. Fusselman and Shumway added 11 each; Flake and Caldwell, 6 each; Gardner, Everett Lunt and Kay, 5 each; Lewis, 4; Reidhead, 3; and Bjorn and Porter Black, 2 each.
After hosting Holbrook on Tuesday the Lobos will close out the regular season at home, hosting Show Low on Thursday, Feb. 6, and Winslow on Friday, Feb. 7. They will play in the sectional tournament next week, although the final seeding has not yet been determined.
By Greg Perkins