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Navajo Prep boys best Wrangell 61-52

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Navajo Preparatory School Fighting Eagles relied on a balanced scoring attack — including a game-high 19 points from sophomore Treston Yazzie — to defeat the Wrangell High School Wolves 61-52 on Saturday to take seventh place in the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic basketball tournament.

Wrangell’s Trevor Miller was stellar for the Wolves, scoring 16 points by hitting four 3-pointers and going four-for-five from the free-throw line.

The Wolves capitalized on three 3-pointers in the first quarter to hold a 13-7 lead over the Navajo Prep team from Farmington, New Mexico, going into the second period.

That lead had slipped away by halftime after the Navajo Preps’ offense kicked into gear with scoring by six players. By game’s end, eight Fighting Eagles were in the scoring column.

Wrangell matched the Navajo Prep point-for-point in the fourth quarter — the Wolves’ Riley Blatchley and Tynon Teat contributed seven and five points, respectively — but the Fighting Eagles maintained their earlier margin en route to the 61-52 win.

Scoring line

Navajo Prep: Treston Yazzie 19, Trejan Clichee 10, Ian Whitehorse 8, Alfred Philbrick 8, Lance Morris 7, Thomas Montanez 4, Tyler Pete 3, Kevin Taylor 2.

Wrangell: Trevor Miller 16, Tynon Teat 12, Riley Blatchley 10, Brian Schwartz 6, Jean-Luc Lewis 4; Jacob Hammer 2, Brett Abrahamson 2.