Defense, rebound, run and find the open man was the strategy the Longhorn varsity and jayvee teams relied on to post convincing wins over the Sedona Red Rock Scorpions.
In the Nov. 28 twin bill in Wilson Dome, the varsity (2-0) squashed the Scorpions 82-63 and the jayvees (1-1) ran roughshod 80-29.
Junior Robert Walker led the varsity onslaught with a game high of 23 points. The 6-2 forward was also the leading scorer with 17 points in the Horns' season opening 58-56 win over Scottsdale Christian. Also for the varsity team, Carlos Lopez finished with 12 points, and Cody York, Ollie Lewinson and Levi Neal finished with 11 each. Senior playmaking guard Miles Huff contributed 10 points and dished out 13 assists to set a school record. Hunter Walden and Byron Quinlan held the previous mark of 12 assists jointly.
Lewinson, a 6-8 junior, corralled 13 rebounds, most of which fueled Longhorn fast breaks. Walker pounded the boards for five rebounds.
From the onset, there was never much doubt which team would emerge the victor as the Horns led 18-2 after the first quarter and 48-14 at halftime.
The varsity win was duplicated earlier in the evening by a PHS junior varsity team that forged a 39-11 halftime lead before coasting to the easy victory.
Jayvee coach Kenny Hayes substituted at will in the second half, but whoever was on the court, the tally continued to mount.
"All our players, except one, scored," Hayes aid.
Shane Keith led with 12 points, Tyler Savage had 11 and Anthony Pierce finished with 10.
The varsity team traveled yesterday, Thursday, to the Winslow Invitational, which will continue today, Friday, and wrap up tomorrow.
The jayvees don't return to action until Dec. 5 in Globe.