MISSION, Ore. — The up-tempo style of full-court press with the quick, fast players of the Nixyaawwii Golden Eagles forced 31 turnovers and had 11 steals en route to a 57-44 victory over Joseph’s Eagles in boys basketball action here Saturday night.
"Our team speed has been key for us all year long," Nixyaawwii coach Aaron Noisey said. "We pressed most of the game. We like to get up and down the court and get them to play at our pace."
The Golden Eagles are now 10-1 on the season, 2-0 in conference.
Senior guard Isaiah Case had the most impressive line for Nixyaawwi with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
"Case had worked hard all summer long to get better," Noisey said. "He has especially improved in his rebounding."
Two other Golden Eagles scored in double figures — Anthony Bonifer with 17 and Joe Crawford had 12.
The Golden Eagles pulled ahead of Joseph from the very start. Nixyaawwii outscored Joseph 16-5 in the opening quarter.
Case led the charge with two lay-ups and a three-point play for seven of his 22 points in the game.
In the opening period, three other Golden Eagles contributed in the scoring tally with five buckets inside.
The Golden Eagles swiped four steals to get some of their baskets.
Nixyaawwii also got to the charity stripe for seven tosses in the opening stanza.
"We work on, and talk in practice about, getting to the basket and the free-throw line," Noisey said. "Our driving to the basket opens up the 3-pointer and we did that tonight."
The Golden Eagles hit four 3-pointers on the night, all in the second period.
In the second quarter, Nixyaawii extended its lead by eight points to enjoy a 19-point lead at halftime at 35-16.
Again, Case lead in scoring for the Golden Eagles in the second period, with one lay-up and two 3-pointers.
Bonifer added five points in the quarter as Nixyaawii pulled away for good.
The point spread in the third period stayed the same with 10 points scored by each team.
Bonifer scored seven of the 10 points for the home team with a lay-up, drive to the hoop and 3-pointer in the quarter.
Nixyaawwii was short a player as Shawn Simpson who was attending a funeral. Simpson averages about 25 points a game, Noisey noted.
Noisey subbed in several players from his reserves in the fourth quarter, and Nixyaawwii was outscored by six in the final period.
The teams had the same number of rebounds, 31 apiece.
Top scorer for Joseph was 6-foot-3 center Ian Baynes, who also grabbed a game-high ll boards.
Nixyaawii plays again Tuesday against their league rival, the Helix Grizzlies, at 7:30 p.m.
Joseph (44)— Watson 1 0-0 3, Lewis 3 0-0 6, Baynes 7 1-2 15, Doud 1 0-0 2, Staidle 2 1-1 5, Smallen 3 3-8 9, Staigle 1 0-0 2, Shadle 1 0-2 2, Steen, 0 0-0 0, LaLammour 0 0-0 0. Totals — 18 5-13 44.
Nixyaawwii (57)— Wilson 0 0-0 0, Crawford 5 1-2 12, Case 8 4-6 22, McKay 1 2-6 4, Jones 1 0-0 2, Sampson 1 0-0 2, Bonnifer 8 1-3 17. Totals — 23 7-17 57.
Jos 5 11 10 18 — 44.
Nix 16 19 10 12 — 57.
3-point goals— Jos 1 (Watson), Nix 4 (Crawford 1, Case 2, Bonnifer 1). Total fouls— Jos 8, Nix 8. Technical fouls— none. Fouled out—none. Rebounds—Jos 31 (Baynes 11), Nix 31 (Case 10). Turnovers— Jos 31, Nix 19.