Payson lost a close game to Boulder Creek of Anthem and won an even closer game with Tuba City at the weekend’s Pepsi Shootout Tournament in Flagstaff. A second tourney loss to Precision of Phoenix was by a wider margin.
The contest with Boulder Creek ended in a 68-64 loss for the Longhorns. They had two quarters in which they bested the Jaguars, 19-12 in the first quarter and 23-15 in the third. The Jaguars came back after the half to outscore the Horns in the third period 12-20, and in the fourth quarter 10-21.
Cody York was the Horns’ leading scorer, putting 18 points on the board. Tyler Savage claimed 15 points and Cody Waterman made 11. Also scoring for the Horns were Dakota Marshall with 4; Ryan Hintze with 6; Shane Keith with 2; and Matt Wilson with 8.
Keith led in rebounds with 9; York and Wilson both claimed 6; with Waterman making 5.
Also suiting up against Boulder Creek were Ever Figueroa, Brandon Alexander, Tyler Savage, Jeff Day and David Carlen.
The Horns win over Tuba City was a by a close 68-67. Additional details from the coach were not available at press time.
The loss to Precision was 63-46. The closest quarter was the final period when Payson made 12 points to Precision’s 13. The first quarter saw Precision net 17 points to Payson’s 15; with a 16-12 tally in the second; and 17-7 in the third.
Cody Waterman made the most points for Payson, scoring 13. Tyler Savage made 8 points, while Cody York and Shane Keith both made 6. David Carlen and Matt Wilson each made 5 points.
Ryan Hintze had the most rebounds with 8, followed by Dakota Marshall with 6.
Putting on the purple and gold for Payson in its game with Precision were also Ever Figueroa, Brandon Alexander, Andrew Curiel, Jamie Monbleau, Jeff Jeff Day and Shane Keith.
Tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 16, the Longhorns host the Red Rock Scorpions from Sedona. The junior varsity play at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity take to the court at 7 p.m.
The Horns have a 2-3 record to the Scorpions’ 3-5, but are scoring at a higher average than the invaders, 58.4 to 52.4.
Payson’s average points per quarter are 14.2/1; 13.8/2; 14.4/3; and 13.2/4. Sedona is making 13.1 points in the first; 13.3 in the second; 10.5 in the third; and 15.5 in the fourth.
The man to watch on the Scorpion team is No. 4 Kevin Cox. He leads the team in points with 15.5; rebounds, 7; steals, 2.4; and blocks, 2.3.
Cody York leads the Horns in scoring with 14.6 points per game; steals, 2.4; and blocks, 1.2. Payson’s leading rebounder is Tyler Savage with 4.8 per game.
Following the Sedona game, the Horns travel to Holbrook Thursday, Dec. 18. It should be another close game for Payson.
Holbrook has a 4-3 record and is averaging 62.4 points a game. First quarter averages are 14.2 for Payson and 15.2 for Holbrook; 13.8 is Payson’s second quarter average, while Holbrook makes an average of 17.2 points; both teams make an average of 14 points in the third quarter, with Payson edging Holbrook 14.4 to 14.0; Holbrook has the better final quarter average with 16.3 to Payson’s 13.2. Both teams have taken games into overtime, with Payson making an average of 14 points in OT to Holbrook’s 9.5.