February 10, 2012
Jake Hacker is one of the Longhorn varsity players who may be hosting the Division II state first round. A decision on host duties is due Saturday.
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It was one and done for the Payson Longhorn basketball team in the Division III, Section III postseason tournament. In a tournament first-round game Feb. 8 in Surprise against Valley Christian, the Horns got off to a turtle-like start, trailing 17-7 after the first eight minutes and 48-18 at halftime. Just when the game looked like the clash was going to be a complete blowout, the Horns roared back to outscore VC by 10 points in the third quarter and five in the fourth to push the final count to a much more respectable 75-60. Payson entered the game as a No. 4 seed and VC represented the fifth seed from the section. While the Horns came out on the losing end of the score, senior point guard Guillermo Lopez turned in what probably was the finest game of his varsity career, scoring a team-high 19 points that included making 2-of-6 three-pointers and a 7-for-8 effort from the line. Lopez also dished out two assists, had two steals and blocked a shot.