Quay County Sun - Serving the High Plains

By Ron Warnick
QCS Senior Writer 

Logan overwhelms San Jon


February 2, 2022

Ron Warnick

San Jon's Marvin Reese picks up a loose ball as Logan defenders Skyler DeLuca (left) and Christian Kotara rush in to trap him during a district game Jan. 24 at Logan.

LOGAN - The San Jon boys basketball team appeared to be OK early in their district clash against Logan, taking a 3-2 lead.

Then the roof caved in. The Longhorns scored 58 unanswered points over the next two quarters en route to a 90-10 victory on Jan. 24.

Logan coach Kyle Griffiths emptied his bench throughout the game and saw 12 of his 13 players score. Brock Burns led the Longhorns with 14 points, while Haden Judd and Diego Sanchez each added 12.

Tristan Reed and Marvin Reese each scored four points to lead San Jon.

On paper, the Logan and San Jon squads didn't seem a lot different. Logan came into the game with four wins; San Jon had one victory.

But it became quickly apparent they were light-years apart in skill level and experience.

San Jon has no seniors, three juniors, one sophomore, one freshman and four eighth-graders on its varsity squad.

To make things worse, Coyotes coach John Wootton said his team's play hasn't improved much since the season began.

"It's frustrating," he said. "A lot of times you get a flash (of good play). We keep doing the same things, and you have to figure out it's not going to work.

"We've got to play. We have to hit the gym a lot more. The kids haven't played much. We've got to come back this summer and spend some time there."

Meanwhile, even a subpar Longhorns squad remains a potent force with their transition game. They forced a flurry of turnovers and scored many easy buckets on the fastbreak.

"It was nice to have the boys get out and get some confidence for the rest of district play," Griffiths said. "They hit some shots, played hard and looked like they were having fun. Those were some of the things we've been missing. We'd been up and down."

Logan probably would have tallied 100 points if the mercy clock hadn't started early in the third quarter. A continuous clock activates once the scoring gap hits 35 points.

Fort Sumner-House 68, Logan 53

Host Fort Sumner surged in the second half for a 68-53 district win Saturday over Logan.

Burns scored 26 points to lead the Longhorns (6-13, 2-3).

"Once again, we played well in stretches," Griffiths said, noting his squad had closed the gap to three points in the third quarter. "Late in the game, we had some defensive lapses and couldn't recover."

Fort Sumner-House improved to 11-3, 4-1, and trails only Clovis Christian in the district standings.

Logan 65, Grady 56

Park Strong scored 22 points to lead the Longhorns to a 65-56 district win Thursday at Grady.

Kaeden Stoner added 17 points for Logan.

"We went through stretches were were looked really good," Griffiths said. "Kept getting big leads and then letting them come back into the game. Still need to work on keeping up our intensity for an entire game."

Grady fell to 4-14, 0-4.

Grady 61, San Jon 13

Host Grady stormed to an early lead and coasted during a 61-13 district victory Saturday over San Jon.

San Jon ended the week with a 1-11 record overall and 0-4 in the district.

Grady ended the week at 5-14, 1-4.

Fort Sumner-House 94, San Jon 4

Host San Jon proved to be no match to Fort Sumner-House during a district matchup on Jan. 25.

The Foxes improved to 10-2 overall and 3-0 in the district.


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