Tigers fall short against Longhorns

Aaron Tohtsoni/Arizona Silver Belt Wendsler Nosie III takes the ball strong to the basket for two points.

The Globe Tigers came up short in a come-from-behind effort against the Payson Longhorns on the road, falling 82-69.

“We started the first quarter pretty good but things just got away from us,” said Globe head coach Freddy Rios. “We lost our concentration, the game got away from us and the guys just had to get back into it.”

Payson quickly jumped to a 5-0 lead to start the game, but Jarren Gibson knocked down a three-pointer with 5:53 left in the opening quarter.

Trailing 9-3, Globe used an 8-2 run to the game at 11. During the run, Vaughn Lomayaktewa scored on a fast break and knocked down back-to-back three-pointers.

A made free throw from Payson broke the tie, but Wendsler Nosie III was fouled on the other end. He connected on two shots for a Globe lead. With 13 seconds remaining he added another  free throw, but Dexter Waterman scored on the other end to tie the game at 14 heading into the second quarter.

Anderson Hatch scored to open the second quarter and the Longhorns turned up their defensive pressure with a full-court press.

Brandon Shorty scored on a drive and Lomayaktewa nailed another three-pointer to keep the Tigers close, 20-19.

The Longhorns then went on a 9-0 run to open up a 10-point lead. Nosie III nailed a three-pointer with 4:02 left in the first half, but Globe didn’t  score again until Shorty’s putback with 1:15 remaining; in that time the Longhorns added nine more points. They led 46-28 at the half.

The Tigers trailed 60-43 at the end of the third quarter, but used their outside shooting to close the gap to single digits in the fourth quarter before the Longhorns held them off.

“We are prepared for presses,” said Rios. “We just lost our composure and got away from our offensive sets. We dug ourselves a hole; a 20-point deficit was just too much.”

Rios praised the play of Lomayaktewa, who stepped up while teammate Gibson was recovering from illness.

Globe is 6-15 on the season and have two more home games.

“We can’t dwell on (this loss),” said Rios. “The last part of the season is important because our region is so tough that teams are knocking each other out and that’s a benefit for us.”

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