By Greg Perkins
Joseph City went 2-3 at the Coyotes Basketball Invitational tournament hosted by Arizona Lutheran Academy at the end of the month. The Wildcats split two games on Thursday, Dec. 28, picking up a five-point win over Arizona College Prep, before falling in a lopsided loss to Wickenburg later that evening. Friday, Dec. 29, saw the Cats flip the script with an early afternoon loss to the host team Arizona Lutheran Academy followed by a close two-point win over Odyssey Institute in their second game. Their only contest the following day was a loss to San Tan Foothills.
In their opener against the Knights from Arizona College Prep the Wildcats were paced by Matt Fields who scored 24 in the 58-53 Wildcat win. Latrelle Kinlicheenie added 15, and Jacobson Begay, Seth Hutchens and Carlos Sanchez each netted 5 in the win.
The nightcap match up with the Wranglers didn’t go as well with Joseph City ending the night on the wrong side of a 83-55 final outcome. Matt Fields paced the team with 20 points. Carlos Sanchez added 15, Latrelle Kinlicheenie helped with 12 and Seth Hutchens finished with six.
Facing the host team Coyotes on Friday morning, Joseph City came up short losing 66-50. Matt Fields again scored in double figures with 19. Latrelle Kinlicheenie added 12; Jacobson Begay, 8; KJ Kinlicheenie had 5; and Seth Hutchens helped with two.
Friday night saw the Wildcats hold off the Minotaurs from Odyssey Institute by two points in the 41-39 win. Fields led the way with 20 points and 11 boards. Latrelle Kinlicheenie added 11; Rance Haddox and Seth Hutchens both had 3 and Jacobson Begay and KJ Kinlicheenie each finished with a couple.
Joseph City’s final game of the tournament played early Saturday afternoon saw the Wildcats run out of gas in a 57-34 loss. Matt Fields was the only Wildcat to reach double figure scoring with 10. Latrelle Kinlicheenie added 8; KJ Kinlicheenie, 6; Seth Hutchens, 4; Carlos Sanchez, 3; and Rance Haddox helped with 3.
Joseph City returned to regular season play on Jan. 6 with a trip to face the Basis School in Flagstaff. Then on Tuesday hosted Mayer. The Wildcats have accrued an overall record of 11-6. They are 6-1 in power point contests leaving them ranked third in the 1A standings as they set to begin the second half of the season.