February 4, 2023

FARMINGTON — The Farmington High School girls’ basketball team opened the John Lomansey Tournament in Gallup Thursday night with a big win over Miyamura.

Meanwhile, the Kirtland Central boys’ basketball team recorded another stunning victory in the opening round of a tournament at Sandia Prep.

Here’s a look at tournament basketball action for teams in San Juan County.

Boys Basketball

KIRTLAND CENTRAL 66, Bernalillo 64

For the second year in a row this season, the Kirtland Central High School boys’ basketball team won a game by a hammer blow and won the first round game of the Sandia Prep Tournament with a final 66-64 against Bernalillo.

Kirtland Central lost six points with less than two minutes remaining, rebounded and tied the game at 64 with 28 seconds left on the clock. The Broncos, playing for the last shot, managed to put the ball in the hands of senior Satchel Hogue after a pass from Jeremiah Cly.

Hogue’s layup came in after time was up and propelled the Broncos to victory and a second-round winner bracket matchup Friday at 7 p.m. against Sandia Prep.

Hogue led the team that night with 23 points while Jarvis Mullahon, Jr. scored 19.

The Broncos opened their season in a similar fashion last week, winning their first game at home 52-50 against Valencia after Sequoia Santee fired a shot after time was up.

BLOOMFIELD 74, Cuba 39

Junior Sam Slivers scored 22 points to lead the Bloomfield High School boys’ basketball team to a 74-39 win over Cuba in the first round of the Chieftain Invitational at Shiprock High School.

Four Bobcat players scored in double digits, with junior Andrew Florez scoring 17 points, while senior Michael Thompson had 12 and senior David Nielsen had 11.

The win improves Bloomfield’s record to 1-1 this season and sends the Bobcats into a second round against Escalante on Friday at 4:00 p.m.

SHIPROCK 78, Monument Valley (Utah) 41

The Shiprock High School boys’ basketball team improved its record to 2-0 and overran Monument Valley, Utah, at home with a 78-41 final in the first round of the Chieftain Invitational.

The win propels the Chieftains into a second-round showdown against Whitehorse at 7 p.m. Friday.

PUEBLO COUNTY (Colorado) 60, Piedra Vista 32

The Pueblo County High School boys’ basketball team used a strong first half to take a 25-point lead at break en route to a 60-32 win over Piedra Vista in the first round of Thursday night’s Hornets home tournament .

The Hornets went into the dressing room at the break 37-12 before easily advancing into the second round of the tournament. Thursday’s contest marked Pueblo County’s season opener, while the loss lowered Piedra Vista’s overall record that season to 0-3.

The Panthers meet Pueblo Central in the second round of the consolation round at 6 p.m. Friday

MONTEZUMA-CORTEZ 84, Aztecs 66

The Montezuma-Cortez High School boys’ basketball team got off to a flying start en route to an 84-66 win over Aztec in Thursday’s first round of the Cortez Invitational.

The Panthers led 26-12 by the end of the first quarter thanks to Isaak Lewis, who led the team with 19 points. Miles Frost added 13 points as Montezuma-Cortez earned their first win of the season. The Tigers’ loss lowers their record to 2-0 after a season-opening loss to Tohatchi last week.

NAVAJO PREP 71, Cobre 36

The Navajo Prep boys basketball team improved their junior-season record to 2-0 and rolled over Cobre 71-36 in a first-round game of the Rio Grande Shootout at Hot Springs High School.

The Eagles’ win propels them into the second round against the host team on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Navajo Prep, last year’s District 1-3A champions, have beaten their two opponents this season by a combined margin of 148-89. They opened the season with a home win over Dulce last week.

Girls Basketball

FARMINGTON 63, Miyamura 27

The trio of Anitielu sisters had another big night for the Farmington High School girls’ basketball team when they threw a 63-27 win over Miyamura in the first round of the John Lomansey Invitational Tournament at Gallup High School on Thursday night.

Kjani Anitielu led all scorers with 19 points, while Kapiolani Anitielu had 10 points and both Kamalani Anitielu and Maliah Charley had seven points each to lead the Lady Scorpions to victory and a second-round game on Friday at 6 p.m. against Montwood, Texas .

44 KIRTLAND CENTRAL, Dixie (Utah) 31

The Kirtland Central High School girls’ basketball team defeated the Lady Flyers of Dixie High School 44-31 in the first round of the tournament at Page (Ariz.) High School.

The Lady Broncos, the defending champions of last year’s New Mexico Activities Association Class 4A tournament, improved their record this season to 2-0 and advanced to the tournament’s winning division.

The Devon Manning-coached Lady Broncos will be home by 7 p.m. Tuesday to continue their regular season schedule with a game against the Grants.

NAVAJO PREPARATION 51, Whitehorse 20

The Navajo Prep girls’ basketball team scored a 51-20 win over Whitehorse at Thursday’s Jerry Richardson Memorial Lady Chieftain Invite at Shiprock High School, winning easily in the first round.

The win improved the Lady Eagles’ season record to 2-0 after they opened the season with a stunning 54-16 road victory over Shiprock last week.

Navajo Prep advances to the second round of the tournament with a showdown against Escalante on Friday at 2:30 p.m. Escalante defeated Bloomfield in a 38-35 first round final.

SHIPROCK 34, Pine Hill 29

The Shiprock High School girls’ basketball team earned their first win of the season Thursday night in the opening round of the Jerry Richardson Lady Chieftain Basketball Tournament, slipping past Pine Hill in a 34-29 final.

The Lady Chieftains, with first-year head coach Robert McCaskill, head into the second round of the tournament and a game against Monument Valley (Utah) starting Friday at 5:30 p.m

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