Boys Stay With No. 4 Lobos Until The End

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Payson’s William Youngberg grabs a rebound against Blue Ridge on Jan. 20.

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Jared Varner levitates for a layup against Blue Ridge.

This time, the Longhorns gave Snowflake a game.

Back on Jan. 3, Payson led the Lobos early in the second quarter at Wilson Dome before watching the visitors close the first half on a 19-2 run enroute to a 66-38 blowout.

But on Friday, PHS stayed the rematch until the end.

The Horns came within three points after out­scoring Snow­flake 12-7 in the third quarter to make it a 36-33 with eight minutes remaining.

But what would have been the biggest upset of the season for PHS came up short as the Lobos held on for a 53-47 victory.

Rick Shumway scored a game-high 18 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists to lead Snowflake, which stood at No. 4 in the Division III power rankings as of Monday at 11-1 in games counting in the rankings. The Lobos are 19-4 overall.

Dallin Fusselman chipped in eight points, four assists and two blocks and Ty Reidhead six points and eight rebounds.

Chaz Davis and Matt Davis scored 11 points apiece for Payson, which fell to 3-10 in power ranking games and were No. 42 in the Division III power rankings and 7-17 overall. Ruben Estrada contributed eight points for PHS.

Payson stayed in it by shooting 45 percent (17 of 38) from the field, including 50 percent (7 of 14) from three-point range.

Snowflake sank only 36 percent (21 of 59) from the field, including 20 percent (3 of 15) from the perimeter. But a 29-16 domination on the boards enabled the Lobos to take 21 more shots from the field. Snowflake also had just 11 turnovers, while Payson turned it over 19 times.

The Longhorns host No. 25 Alchesay (9-5, 19-7) tonight and No. 16 Winslow (9-5, 17-10) on Thursday. They are at No. 51 Round Valley (3-8, 12-12) on Friday, at No. 23 Show Low (9-5, 16-10) on Feb. 4 and close the regular season at home against No. 48 Globe (4-9, 5-14) on Feb. 6.

Snowflake 53, Payson 47

Payson 47 – Austin Young 2 1-4 5, Chaz Davis 3 3-4 11, Matt Davis 4 1-2 11, Ruben Estrada 3 0-0 8, Ryan Wacker 0 0-0 0, Jacob Dixon 1 0-0 3, Jared Varner 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 6-11 47.

Snowflake 53 – Jordan Gardner 1 0-0 2, Kegan Kay 2 0-0 4, Luke Lewis 3 0-3 6, Kurt Wood 1 0-2 2, Ty Reidhead 2 2-2 6, Dallin Fusselman 2 3-4 8, Rick Shumway 7 2-2 18, Travis Flake 2 1-2 5, Gunner Caldwell 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 8-15 53.

Payson 14 7 12 14 - 47

Snowflake 16 13 7 17 - 53

3-point goals – P: C. Davis 2, M. Davis 2, Estrada 2, Dixon. SF: Fusselman, Shumway 2.

Div. III Section IV Boys Basketball

Section PR Games

W L GB W L PR

Holbrook 5 0 - 8 5 17

Winslow 3 1 1.5 9 5 16

Snowflake 3 1 1.5 11 1 4

Blue Ridge 3 2 2 10 4 14

Show Low 3 2 2 9 5 23

Payson 1 2 3 3 10 42

Alchesay 1 3 3.5 9 5 25

Round Valley 0 4 4.5 3 8 51

Globe 0 4 4.5 4 9 48

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