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TIGERS TAMED BY NAVAJO PREP

 

December 28, 2018

Issac Robeson Drives and Dishes To Wood.

TIGERS TAMED BY NAVAJO PREP

By David Edward Albright, TALON

Seeking revenge for their season-opener, 52-40 loss, to the Navajo Prep Eagles, the Aztec Tigers came up short again, 60-52, in Farmington on December 20, 2018. Both teams came out tight, with errant shooting, missed free throws and way too many turnovers early on. It took nearly three minutes for the Eagles to score with a long three-pointer. A technical called on the Tigers Javier Valenzuela resulted in two misses at the line by Prep.

Tigers senior guard, Isaac Robeson, began an amazing shooting night by getting Aztec on the board with a three. It was 12-6 Prep, after they hit a couple of threes and Gabe Wood hit one for the Tigers followed a good drive for two. With their scrappy defense causing more Aztec turnovers, they took the lead 18-8, but Robeson drove the lane and drew a blocking foul. He made both shots from the stripe, making it 18-10. The first hard-fought quarter ended with Aztec down by five, 18-13.

On their home court, Prep---in their comfort zone swished more shots in the second quarter. They scored quickly with another three-pointer and a break-away layup after a Tiger turnover. Robeson helped keep the Tigers in the game with a long three from his favorite spot left side of the basket, but the gap was widening, 29-16. Aztec talked it over during a much needed time-out. Sophmore forward, Austin Schaub dropped a three from the right baseline, making it 29-18. Prep stayed in their tough zone---always hounding and cutting off the passing lanes, securing a 33-24 halftime advantage.

Switching to a man-to-man defense in the third quarter, the Tigers cut into the Eagles lead, 35-30. Aztec’s point guard Gabe Wood was surprised by a whistle for double-dribble . Sharp-shooter Robeson hit a three to get the Tigers within two, 38-36. Wood tied the game at 40 with two free throws, but Prep had an answer to every Tiger basket. Threes by both teams moved the score to a tie at 43.

Prep forged ahead steadily in the fourth quarter to capture a ten point, 53-43 lead, with three minutes on the clock. Wood drew a blocking foul on a drive and went to the line for two attempts, sinking both---53-47. The Eagles responded quickly with a backbreaking, long-range three. Aztec pressured with a full-court press after a time-out. Robeson drove and finessed a floater in the lane for two---now 56-49. But the Tigers were running out of time and fouling was their only option. With the score at 58-52 with 3.1 seconds, Aztec missed a free throw. Aztec Coach Matt Steinfeldt was demonstrably upset with a foul called on a rebound battle and was called for a technical foul. The final was 60-52 after the Eagles made good on both shots from the line.

Robeson had 26 points, making string music with six three-pointers from outside the arc, along with four field goals. Gabe Wood contributed five points; Austin Schaub had four and Dard Campos counted for three. The 3-5 Tigers face the 1-7 Crownpoint Eagles on January 3, at 7:00 pm in their own gym.

If you love the sport of basketball---attend an intense, action-packed high school game---played by youngsters who give it their all. The officiating is sharp, with fouls called very tight and violations like traveling called properly---quite unlike the ‘professionals’.

#NamePositionsGr.Ht2Anthony RiosGSr.5-103Gabe WoodPGSr.5-104Levi ColeGJr.5-610Mikey PhillipsGJr.5-1111Michael GettlerFSo.6-313Dom FaverinoFJr.6-514Keaton BrooksFSo.6-215Austin SchaubFSo.6-321Javier ValenzuelaGJr.5-922Dard CamposGSo.5-923Alex ParraGJr.5-1025Isaac RobesonGSr.5-11

 

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