Phantoms hit road to net victory over Shonto

The Grand Canyon Phantoms boys basketball team defeated Shonto Prep Saturday afternoon 66-42 at Shonto, running their record to 14-3.

Junior guard Lydell Talas had 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Sophomore center Bille Booth had his best outing of his young career with 16 points and 16 rebounds.

"It was nice to see Lydell come forward with more point production from the outside. That will take pressure off Dennis Booth, our 6-foot, 7-inch center who consistently gets double teamed inside," said Head Coach Dan Lopez. "If we are going to make a serious run at the state championships we need to have our perimeter players step up and present themselves as serious scoring threats."

The Phantoms go on the road over the next two weeks and attempt to solidify the number two seed from the west at regionals on Friday, Feb. 10 in Mogollon. Currently Seligman is the number one seed while the Canyon and Fredonia will battle for the number two seed.

"This was a good win for us but we need to really start focusing on the fact that in two weeks we are in a situation where you win or go home," Lopez said. "At regionals records and who beat who does not mean anything. It is a new season and every team that can win the first game is in the state tournament. We are confident that we will be one of those teams."

The 1A North champions' last home game is Senior Night on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 5:30 p.m. vs Northland Prep.


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