The regular season winds down this weekend for Longhorn boys basketball with games today, Jan. 28, in Snowflake and tomorrow in Wilson Dome vs. St. Johns.
The clash in Snowflake is a 3A East region contest, but because St. Johns is a member of the 2A conference, the game is non-regional.
Nonetheless, all-important power points are awarded in each showdown.
The hardwood showdown against St. Johns is the second in a week for the two teams.
On Jan. 25 the teams met in St. Johns where Payson breezed to a 63-51 victory behind Cale Novak’s 18 points, six rebounds, four blocked shots and two steals.
“He had a good all around game, he continues to lead us with his intensity,” said coach Bill Goodwin.
Also in Payson’s win, 5-foot, 8-inch sophomore Guillermo Lopez heated up the nets for 15 points, but most importantly dished out a season high seven assists.
“He had a good floor game,” said Goodwin.
Tanner Hintze, the team’s scoring leader, tallied 13 points and led the Longhorn effort on the boards, corralling eight rebounds.
Justin Moratti contributed six points and four rebounds and Russ Hintze, Tanner’s older brother, had five points.
Early in the victory, the Horns left little doubt which was the superior team running out to a 19-8 lead. At halftime, Payson led 28-19 and early in the fourth quarter expanded it to 47-29.
On Jan. 21 in Lakeside, the Horns dropped a 74-48 game to the East region leading Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets.
BR doubled the score, 20-10, on PHS late in the first quarter and never looked back.
“Not a good game,” Goodwin said.
Tanner Hintze led the Horns’ scoring parade with 13 points. Moratti had 12 points, Lopez 10 and Russ Hintze six.