Horns Turn Up Defense To Overpower Globe

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The Payson Longhorns basketball team took control of its game against Globe Tuesday night in the second quarter by turning up their defense, running their record to 6-1 on the year with a 73-49 win.

Payson outscored Globe 17-13 in the first quarter before outscoring the Tigers by 11 in the second quarter.

"We held them to one field goal in the second quarter," said Coach Chuck Hardt, adding that Payson put the Tigers at the charity stripe 10 times, and they cashed in eight times.

He said the team in the second quarter played good defense and rebounded the ball well.

He knew Globe was an athletic team that shot well, but was not sure what type of defense the Tigers would employ, which turned out to be man-to-man.

Oliver Lewinson had a double-double with 19 points and more than 10 rebounds to lead four players who scored in double figures.

Other top scorers were Hunter Hardt (17), Levi Neal (15) and Robert Walker, who chipped in 12.

Miles Huff, who had four points, offered double digits in assists, while Carlo Lopez and Chase Sevey also scored.

Hardt said his team came out a little slow at the beginning of the game.

"We were a little lagged, and it took us a little longer to warm up," the coach said. "We had a few turnovers."

He said Globe is always a tough place to play, and added there were a lot of fouls in the Tuesday game.

Hardt said part of the game plan was to get the ball inside to Lewinson, who scored consistently from close range and putbacks.

"We need to figure out how to get better each day," he said, adding his bench will have to step it up as the Longhorns will be playing four to five games in four days.

The Longhorns played last year's 3A champions Fountain Hills on Wednesday, but results were not available by press time.

In junior varsity action, the Longhorns crushed the Tigers 72-28 to move to 2-1 on the year, and Coach Kenny Hayes said his team dominated throughout.

"It was mostly the defense pressure and the steals," he said. His team shot mostly lay-ups.

Top scorers for the junior varsity were Matt Wilson (14), Shane Keith (nine) and Tyler Savage chipped in eight.

Hayes said all 15 of his players played, and 12 of them scored.

The freshmen boys' basketball team stayed undefeated with a 55-50 win over Globe.

Initially, the Tigers lured the freshmen Payson team into their style of play and the Horns struggled to find and play its style of basketball.

Coach Joe LaSandra said its man-to-man defense struggled in the first half to contain the Tigers' leading scorer.

Offensively, he said, his team was not aggressive and failed to attack, making poor shot selections.

In the third quarter the Longhorns came out in a 2-3 zone, becoming more aggressive on the boards and regained control of the game.

The Horns outscored the Tigers 16-8 in the third quarter. Globe stayed close throughout the game by making 11-18 free throws, while the Horns connected for 3-7.

Standout players for the Longhorns were Ever Figueroa, Cody Waterman, and Nick Gonzalez who led in the rebound department.

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