December 27, 2011
Tanner Hintze (left), a 6-foot-4-inch junior forward, leads the Longhorns in scoring, averaging 17.7 points per game.
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Ending careless play and erasing away excessive turnovers will undoubtedly be a Longhorn boys basketball team goal when it travels today, Dec. 27, to Bradshaw Mountain High School to compete in the 18-team Alvarez Tire Holiday Hoops Classic. The concern over miscues is because they have handcuffed the Horns (6-3) in all three of their losses this season. Coach Joe Sanchez, his players and fans know if those mistakes are cleaned up, Payson could be in line for postseason honors. Proof of possible improvement exists in team stats, which reveal when the Horns take care of the ball and manage to get off a shot on most every possession, as they did in an 88-56 win over Mingus, they are tough to stop. Against Mingus, the Horns committed just 12 turnovers — one of the lowest marks of the campaign. But when the Horns get rattled, as they did in a 64-56 loss to Snowflake and a 65-63 defeat at Fountain Hills, the team struggles. Against Snowflake, the Horns committed 28 turnovers, which was then a team high. But just five days later in the loss to Fountain Hills, the Horns surpassed that mark with 31 miscues.