The Bayfield boys basketball team split two games in the annual Cortez Tournament on Saturday.
The Wolverines beat Monticello, Utah, 47-44 in the morning game, then fell 41-35 to host Montezuma-Cortez on Saturday afternoon.
They topped Hiroshi Miyamura High School of Gallup, N.M., 56-51 in the tourney opener Friday.
Senior guard John Cusick led Bayfield with a career-high 23 points after hitting 4 of 6 from behind the 3-point line in the win over Monticello.
John hit three free thows in the last minute to keep our lead, BHS head coach Bill Hesford said.
Cusick, also a Wolverines cross country star, added four rebounds and two assists.
Seth Posey scored seven points. Derek Hillyer, who neutralized the Monticello inside game, scored six points for BHS.
But we came out super-flat (against Cortez), Hesford said. We got down 18-4 in the second quarter.
The Wolverines, plagued by foul problems, trailed 15-4 at the end of the first quarter.
We were playing from behind the whole way, Hesford said. We won the second quarter. We won the third quarter. We tied the fourth quarter. But we got stomped in the first quarter.
Cusick and Posey led Bayfield with nine points each against Montezuma-Cortez. Posey also had 11 rebounds.
Sophomore Eirik Kinns added seven points off the bench.
Corey Adams led MCHS with 17 points. Ryan Haley added 10.
The Wolverines (2-1) will return to Bayfield to open the home season Tuesday against the same MCHS Panthers.
Hesford said Bayfield should have senior Waylon Sutton back for Tuesdays game. He missed the Cortez Tournament because of illness.