Cortez turns back Bayfield rally

BHS boys to play Monticello today

The Bayfield High School boys basketball team dropped a pair of games Friday in the annual Four Corners Classic in Cortez.

“Each time we go out, we get better. That’s the encouraging part,” Bayfield head coach Bill Hesford said after the Wolverines lost 63-39 to a hot-shooting Miyamura team from Gallup, N.M., and 65-54 to host Montezuma-Cortez.

“Against Cortez, we played from behind the whole time, but we got it down to five points with 2 minutes to go,” Hesford said. “We just couldn’t get any closer.”

Sophomore Preston Hardy scored 17 points and had nine rebounds to lead the Wolverines. Senior teammate Tyler Kerr added 10 points and six rebounds.

“Joey Webb played really well,” Hesford said of the BHS senior point guard. “He handled the pressure really well.”

“Eirik Kins (nine points) had his best game. He rebounded, and he made free throws. Especially down the stretch. He and Preston and Joey all made free throws,” Hesford said.

“It was an exciting game.”

Briston Walker of Montezuma-Cortez led all scorers with 19 points. Teammate Brackin Whiteskunk added 18 for the Panthers (2-3).

Miyamura, which entered the tournament with a 3-0 record, blitzed the Wolverines with torrid outside shooting in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader.

“That’s a nice group of athletes,” Hesford said. “They shot extremely well.”

Kerr led the Wolverines with 10 points and five rebounds.

Hardy added six points and five boards.

Point guard Zach Shank led Miyamura with 15 points, including four 3-pointers.

The Wolverines (0-2) will play Monticello, Utah, at noon today in Cortez.