Minatare boys split weekend with Bayard, Hyannis
     2015-02-19      By Roger Holsinger   
Photo by Roger Holsinger Photography - Minatare’s Yovan Perez tries to make his way to the basket through a forest of Bayard defenders including Bryce Hargens (24) and Tyler Fiscus during action last Friday night in Minatare. 
MINATARE – The Minatare boys’ basketball team split games last weekend with a nail-biting loss to Bayard on Friday and then a resounding win against Hyannis on Saturday.

Friday night, the Indians hosted the Tigers of Bayard, a rematch of the Minuteman Activities Conference championship game, and it was another rough and tough contest. But Bayard’s comeback in the second half caused the Indians to play catch-up, and the Tigers scratched out the 48-46 win.

Minatare opened the game scoring as Dominic Longoria scored underneath and Javier Guerrero made a three-point play, while Yovan Perez hit from the outside to give the Indians a 7-3 advantage with four minutes left in the first quarter.

Perez added a 3-pointer; Tyler Koke scored on a rebound and Chance McAllister added two more as the Indians led 16-10 after one quarter.
But Bayard didn’t give up as Bryce Hargens added a bucket and Phil Schuller scored two buckets to tie the game at 20 at the halftime break.

Bayard opened the third quarter scoring with Justin Baird, Jacob Hoff and Tyler Fiscus adding scores and all of a sudden Minatare was trailing 28-20 with 6:11 left in the third quarter. Longoria, Perez and Koke added points for the tribe, but the Tigers answered back with Schuller and Fiscus. Minatare pulled within three points at the end of the third as Perez hit a 3-pointer with two seconds left.

As the fourth quarter opened, Bayard kept scoring as Hoff canned the trey and then the two-pointer. The Indians fired back with Juan Garfio adding a bucket, and after Perez scored with 1:56 remaining, Minatare trailed by one point.

Chandler Cox came off the Bayard bench and scored and then Perez scored. Bayard got called for a 10-second violation and Minatare had a chance to regain the lead, but the Indians’ shooting was not there as turnovers and missed shots proved to be too much. Perez threw up desperation shot with five seconds left that would have tied the game, but it was off and the Tigers went home with the win.

Hoff led the Tigers in scoring with 15 points while Fiscus scored 13 and Schuller added 10. Perez led Minatare with 23 points including three, 3-pointers.

On Saturday, the Indians traveled to Hyannis and came home with the sweetheart win, 70-39.

On Friday, the Indians will travel to Potter to face the Coyotes. Potter-Dix enters the game with a 6-13 record after beating the Wildcats of Banner County, 54-48.

For the Indians, the Friday game will be the last regular season contest as the D2-11 Sub-district Tournament will begin in Sidney next week. The teams assigned to that sub-district include Minatare, South Platte, Leyton, Garden County and Banner County. Minatare will go in as the No. 1 seed and receives a first-round bye.

In the other sub-district, D2-12 in Gordon, Sioux County is the No. 1 seed and will compete to play the winner of the D2-11 for a state bid. Teams competing in that sub-district include Sioux County, Cody-Kilgore, Crawford and Hay Springs.

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