FARMINGTON — The opening round of the Aztec Rumble in the Jungle boys basketball tournament saw mixed results for San Juan County teams.
Piedra Vista (7-6) won the opening game of the six-team, round-robin tournament 65-55 against Fruita Monument, Colo., (2-10). Bloomfield (3-8) fell in a lopsided game 72-46 to Colorado's Bayfield High in the second game of the day, and Aztec took down its own junior varsity squad 51-27.
A hole in the schedule forced Aztec to play its junior varsity team. Shiprock Northwest is slated to take the junior varsity's place in the tournament tonight, according to the Aztec bracket.
Piedra Vista head coach Adam Huff was happy to see his team pick up a second consecutive win. It is the first time the Panthers have had consecutive wins since the first week of December.
"We got a win, which shows we have fixed some things we needed to work on," Huff said. "We are getting our confidence back."
Troy Dixon led the Panthers with 16 points. Dixon's fellow senior captain Isaiah Valdez also had 12 points in the win.
Piedra Vista led Fruita Monument by five points after the first half. Both teams made scoring runs in the second half, but Piedra Vista was able to further extend its lead in the fourth quarter.
PV will play Bloomfield at 5 p.m. today in the second round of the tournament.
The Bloomfield Bobcats fell to Bayfield for the second time this season on Thursday. Almost a month after beating Bloomfield 75-55, the Wolverines added a 26-point victory against the Bobcats to their resumé.
"They are just big and strong," Bloomfield head coach Devon Manning said of Bayfield. "They have a lot of size that we struggled with. They are definitely a good team."
Tyler Barker was Bloomfield's best offensive threat on Thursday night, Manning said.
Bloomfield dug itself a hole in the first quarter, going down 18-5 early. Bayfield held a 40-20 lead at halftime and continued the onslaught in the second half.
Manning is looking forward to seeing if his team can bounce back overnight for today's game against Piedra Vista.
"If we play like we did (against Bayfield), they will beat us pretty good," Manning said. "But I have confidence in our guys to show up and play the type of basketball that is needed. We just have to play hard and smart, play our basketball and not worry about anything else."John Livingston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.