Boys Basketball Schedule

NGC Lake Powell Invitational Tuba City 71, Hurricane 61 (F/2 OT)

The Tigers were tough-luck losers after losing a late lead in both regulation and in the first overtime.

“We shouldn’t have lost that game,” said Hurricane coach Todd Langston. “We had so many opportunities to put it away. We shot poorly from the line and that no doubt cost us. We make our free throws, we win.”

Hurricane led 49-48 late in regulation, but fouled Tristan Yazzie on a 3-pointer with 52 seconds to play. He made all three free throws for a 51-49 Tuba City lead, but the Tigers tied it with a basket by Nate Ben at the other end. Yazzie had two shots at a game-winning 3-pointer, but missed them both.

In the first OT, the Tigers held a 54-51 lead with 1:01 to play. Jackson Last was called for a charge, giving the ball back to the Warriors. Terrell Arizona scored inside, cutting it to 54-53 and Tuba City fouled quickly, putting Last at the line with 27 seconds left.

He made both freebies, but Yazzie buried another trey to tie the game and a last gasp shot by the Tigers was no good.

Yazzie opened the second OT with another trey. Hurricane missed two free throws and Yazzie made two to make it 61-56. Joe Mathias hit back-to-back buckets to complete a 9-0 run to start the OT and the Warriors cruised home from there.

“They were a small, quick team that can really shoot the ball,” Langston said. “They liked to drive in the lane and then kick it out and anything from 26 feet in was a good shot for them.”

Hurricane was playing without leading scorer Josh Parker, who returned home early to take the ACT test. Last had 27 points and nine rebounds in his absence. Regan Marshall had 16 and 7 as well, but the Tigers drop to 4-2 with the loss.

Hurricane plays Thursday and Saturday in the Coach Walker Classic. The Tigers battle Manti Thursday at 5 p.m. at Burns Arena and then take on Maple Mountain Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Pine View Middle School.