BENSON — Benson High School’s boys basketball team lost to two tough teams last week.
The first came last Tuesday at home to neighboring town St. David 53-48. Head coach Chris Taylor said it was a “terrible night shooting” for the Bobcats as they shot 1-of-17 from the 3-point line, 7-of-18 from the free throw line and missed 14 shots in the paint. Carson Barney led the way for Benson with 24 points.
“St. David did a great job rebounding, always kept us to one shot while they would get multiple shots on their end,” Taylor wrote in a statement to the San Pedro Valley News-Sun. “They are always a tough physical team, but I think they have a real special team this year. I like the way they play.”
On Thursday, Benson lost to conference rival Thatcher, a final four team in 2A from last year, 58-37. The teams were tied 24-24 going into the half. However, in the second half, Benson struggled to score with Thatcher’s size, only putting up 13 points. Brok Determan led the way for the Bobcats with eight points in the game.
“We will make some adjustments and get after it this week when we play Morenci, San Miguel and Pima,” Taylor wrote.
Results for Tuesday’s game against Morenci were not available when the News-Sun went to print. They travel to San Miguel on Thursday.