By Greg Perkins
Prior to their five-game stint at the Sedona Tournament held on Friday and Saturday, the Lobos opened their season at home on Tuesday of last week with a hard fought three-point loss to visiting Chinle Wildcats.
Snowflake got scoring contributions with four players in double figures but still came up on the wrong end of the 72-69 final outcome. Dylan Ervien paced the balanced team attack with 12 points. Dylan Kay added 11, Garrett Wood and Taden Flake each netted 10. Jake Christensen helped with 8, Jeben Lewis had 6 as did Jared Fusselman. Mile Bahe scored 4, and Trever Willis had 2. Snowflake made 15 of 24 free throw attempts and finished with 21 turnovers, both areas that stick out in a three-point loss.
Close games have been the norm for the Lobos in the first week of the season. Their opening round game at the Sedona tournament on Friday resulted in a 52-51 loss to region foe Blue Ridge. Garrett Wood played well in the early morning game scoring 18 points. Ervien added 12 and Flake finished with 7 in the loss. Snowflake took only three free throws in the game making one of those attempts. The turnover bug hit them again, as they finished with 27 turnovers.
Their middle game on Friday was a 54-31 set back against Mingus. Wood was the only Lobo to reach double figures in scoring and did so with 12 points. The Lobos went cold from the field shooting just 30 percent from the floor, which hurt their chances.
Their final game of the day also marked their first win of the season, in yet another close outcome. This time the Lobos prevailed 46-44 over Bradshaw Mountain. Snowflake had a balanced attack with nine players scoring led by Jake Christensen’s 10 points. Wood added 8 and Miles Bahe netted 7 in the win. The Lobos held their turnovers down to just 10 in the win.
Snowflake played twice on Saturday with a 43-38 loss to Coconino, followed by their second win over Bradshaw Mountain, this time defeating the Bears 59-47.
After hosting Tuba City on Tuesday in regular season play, the Lobos will once again be in action at a tournament. This weekend they will play in the Pepsi Tournament held in Flagstaff. Next Wednesday, the Lobos will travel to Window Rock to take on the Scouts.