Steven Tubbs (23), Jake Hacker (50) and C.J. Nottingham (33) worked on the Longhorn varsity basketball team’s strategy at a recent practice in Wilson Dome. Real action for the team won’t take place on the home court until Tuesday, Dec. 13 when Snowflake is hosted.
Photo by Andy Towle.
The Longhorns had another strong basketball game Tuesday night, beating out Mogollon by 20 points. The final score was 83-63.
The win is the second for the Longhorns this season, with Payson beating Globe two weeks ago, 68-41.
On Tuesday, Payson led all four quarters against the Mustangs with several players scoring in the double digits. The first quarter ended with a tight 15-14 score; the second quarter Payson put a little more distance on the board with 23-17; in the third, the Horns scored another 23 points to Mogollon’s 15; and in the fourth quarter, Payson outscored Mogollon 22-17.
Cole Belcher and Tanner Hintze led the scoring with 19 and 18 points respectively. Hintze also led in rebounds, with 10. Also in double digits for the Horns was Cameron Romance, who scored 10 points.
Every Longhorn with playing time contributed to the 83 points on the scoreboard at the end of the game. Other major contributors were Josh Oakley with nine points and Jake Hacker with eight.
In their last game, Mogollon tipped Show Low, 72-65.
With the loss against Payson, the Mustangs have a 1-1 record for the year while Payson is now at 2-0.
This weekend, tonight and tomorrow, the Horns will be in Winslow for an invitational, then travel to Cottonwood Tuesday, Dec. 6 to play Mingus.
The first home game will be Tuesday, Dec. 13 with Payson hosting Snowflake. The freshmen play at 4 p.m., the jayvee at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity at 7 p.m. The team then returns to the road until Jan. 3, when it is scheduled to host Page.