Yuma hoopsters sweep non-league games at Brush, setting up final push for league titles
The Yuma High School basketball teams picked up a pair of nonleague wins, Thursday night in Brush.
The Yuma girls led things off with a closer-than-it-looks 48-32 win. The Indians are 16-0 overall, 5-0 in LPAA play heading today’s league game against Haxtun in The Pit (5:30 p.m. tipoff). Haxtun won at Wiggins last night to improve to 4-2 in league play.
Brush, in the middle of the pack in the 3A Patriot League, came out playing very well. The game had a frenetic start with both teams pressing full court. The Indians led 15-12 after one. The action slowed down the second as Yuma took a 19-14 lead, but Brush rallied to tie the score at 23 with a putback right before halftime.
The Beetdiggers then took a 25-23 lead early in the third. However, the Indians clamped down defensively, went on an 8-0 run, and led 35-29 heading into the fourth. They continued to assert their will in the final stanza, eventually building an 18-point lead.
Yuma’s defensive effort was outstanding in the second half, limiting Brush to nine points.
Chasey Blach led the Indians with 16 points, while Cody Robinson had 14, Avery Whitehead seven, Kyle Rayl six, and Reagan Nolin five.
The Yuma boys were next to hit the Beetdiggers’ floor. Brush has a winning record, including a 5-3 mark in the Patriot, but the Indians immediately took control with great hustle on defense leading to an 18-7 lead.
Brush fought back to within six, 27-21 midway through the second, but Bryan Medez’s corner trey helped the Indians regain control, eventually leading 38-22 at halftime.
Yuma kept the Beetdiggers at arm’s length in the second half on its way to a 64-51 win.
The Indians now are 14-2 overall, and 5-0 in LPAA play heading into today’s home game against Haxtun (7 p.m. tipoff). Haxtun, which won at Wiggins last night, is 4-2 heading into today’s game in Yuma.
Yuma shot 52 percent from the floor, including three of six from long range while Brush made just three of 20 3-point attempts, shooting 36 percent overall. Yuma dominated the boards with a 39-20 rebounding advantage, including 13 offensive boards. The Indians struggled again taking care of the ball, committing 28 turnovers, but did have 13 steals and dished out 15 assists.
Victor Mendoza had 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals, Jake Chrisman a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, Diego Covarrubias nine points, five rebounds and three steals, Connor Hixon eight points, four steals and two assists, Mendez five points and six rebounds, Rolando Caraveo three points, Jesus Vasquez two points, four rebounds and four assists, Chadron Coffield four rebounds and two assists, Steven Wells two points, and Chase McCreath one point.
The Holyoke girls won easily against Caliche, Thursday night, improving to 6-0 in LPAA play heading into Tuesday’s showdown in Yuma. Wray also stayed one game back at 5-1 with an easy win over Merino on Thursday. The Eagles play at Akron today, February 9, then close out the regular season at Holyoke on February 16. Also, Sedgwick County beat Akron on Thursday, leaving the Rams alone in last place and the likely first-round opponent for the top seed in the upcoming league tournament.
The Yuma boys are alone in first place heading into today’s Haxtun game. Sedgwick County barely slipped past Akron on Thursday, winning 42-40, to stay one game back at 5-1 in league play. The Cougars host Caliche tonight.
Holyoke won at Caliche on Thursday, 64-58, to improve to 5-1 in LPAA play. The Dragons come to Yuma on Tuesday. In other league action last night, the Merino boys beat Wray 57-52. Wray is at Akron tonight.
Haxtun, which won at Wiggins last night, is 4-2 heading into today’s game in Yuma.
The Yuma boys need to beat Holyoke on Tuesday, and one of their other last two games — tonight against Haxtun or next Thursday against Akron — to claim the top seed for district. They can win the LPAA regular season title all to themselves by winning their final three.
The girls will earn the top seed for district with wins over Haxtun and Holyoke, and can claim an outright league title by winning their last three, including next Thursday against Akron.