The Longhorn boys basketball team (6-1) has an opportunity this evening, Dec. 13, in Snowflake to avenge its only loss of the season.
On Dec. 2 during the Cake Chevrolet Shootout tournament in Winslow, the Horns dropped a hard-fought 75-60 decision to Snowflake, which continues to be the team’s only blemish.
The Lobos won primarily via a fourth quarter surge in which they broke upon a tight game by outscoring the Horns 24-12.
Following that loss, the gutsy Longhorns rebounded to whip host Winslow, 64-61, and finish third in the tournament.
After the Shootout the team returned to the hardwood on Dec. 6 at Mingus, where PHS ran roughshod, 88-56, over the Marauders.
In the win, the one-two punch of Tanner Hintze and Josh Oakley proved to be the difference in the game.
Hintze led the team in scoring with 21 points and Oakley finished with 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting, Oakley also hit 5-of-6 free throws and cashed in on 1-of-3 three-point attempts.
Hintze was a monster on the board using his 6-foot-4-inch frame to battle inside for a game high 11 rebounds.
Oakley contributed three rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Cole Belcher also had a game to write home about finishing with 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and a steal.
Cameron Romance was a defensive demon all evening pilfering six of the Longhorns’ 13 steals.
If there is a facet of the game coach Joe Sanchez might want to clean up its turnovers.
The Horns committed 12 miscues, which is too many for a lopsided win, but Sanchez did play his reserves most of the late going.
For the game, the Marauders played Payson tough early on, trailing only 23-19 at the end of the first quarter, and 40-36 at halftime.
But in the opening minutes of the third stanza, the Horns began to pull away, eventually outscoring Mingus 37-16 in the quarter.
After playing Snowflake today, the Horns will enjoy a bit of a break before traveling Dec. 20 to Fountain Hills.
On Dec. 27, 28 and 29 the team travels to Bradshaw Mountain High School near Prescott for the Alvarez Tire tournament.