Sand Devils defeat Scorpions

Photo by Steven Law/Special to the Chronicle Jordan Varner (11) shoots the ball against the Sedona Scorpions on Jan. 4.

By Steven Law
Special to the Chronicle

PAGE – The Sand Devils returned to action on Saturday hosting the Sedona Red Rock Scorpions in a non-conference game. It was the first time since early in the season the Sand Devils entered the game with all five starters being healthy.

The Sand Devils dominated the Scorpions from start to finish.

Head basketball coach Justin Smith started his team in a full court press, and it was very effective, resulting in multiple steals, which the Sand Devils turned into easy scoring opportunities. The full court press was so successful that Sedona didn’t get the ball across half-court until more than three minutes had gone by in the first quarter. At that point the Sand Devils had already built up a 11-0 lead. After a barrage of 3-pointers by junior Robert Smith and a couple of nice post shots by 6-foot-9 junior Stuart Sandall the first quarter ended with the Sand Devils leading 29-5. The second quarter was almost as dominant as the Sand Devils increased their lead 49-16 at halftime. The starters played about three minutes in the third quarter before Justin Smith called off the dogs and inserted the bench to finish out the game.

Robert Smith was the leading scorer with 15, all of which came from 3-pointers. He was followed by Sandall with 14, junior guard Trent Holiday with 11 and senior point guard Evan Cambridge with 10.

The Sand Devils are now 11-1 on the season. They will play a home game against the Chinle Wildcats on Jan. 7.