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Longhorn Cole Belcher, left, goes in for a layup, during the second quarter of a recent game.

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Longhorns topple Salt River, lose a tough one to Mingus

In the course of three days, the Longhorn basketball players relished the thrill of victory with a 69-27 win over Salt River, but later suffered the agony of defeat falling 74-71 to Mingus. The loss to the Marauders, on Jan. 13 in Mingus, was particularly tough to deal with because the Horns had overwhelmed the Cottonwood-area high school 88-56 on Dec. 6. While the first go-around against the Marauders was a breeze, the second turned into a nip-and-tuck barnburner in which Payson took an early 21-12 lead only to see Mingus battle back to trail just 41-38 at halftime. Early in the fourth quarter, Payson continued to cling to its narrow three-point lead, 57-54, but the Marauders went on a 20-14 run to nail down the hard-fought victory.


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