Strong Coconino rally dooms Mingus boys basketball 67-64

Mingus sophomore Chaz Taylor led Marauder scorers witth 19 points Tuesday. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Mingus sophomore Chaz Taylor led Marauder scorers witth 19 points Tuesday. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

FLAGSTAFF – Coconino High School utilized a 21-2 run in the third quarter to erase a 14-point Mingus Union lead and claim a 67-64 4A Conference victory over the Marauders Tuesday.

Mingus twice led the Panthers by as many as 14 points and carried a 41-29 advantage into the locker room at halftime, largely on the strength of five buckets from 3-point land.

But the Panthers were not to be denied. There was a huge momentum shift in the second half as Coconino’s defensive pressure limited the Marauders to just 8 points in the third quarter. Coconino was down 47-33 early in the third quarter before going on a 21-2 run to jump ahead 54-49 at the end of 3.

Mingus sophomore Chaz Taylor led the Marauder effort with 19 points.

Tuesday’s lost drops Mingus to 9-12 going into Friday’s 7 p.m. home game against league powerhouse Flagstaff High School.

Coconino girls dominate Mingus 66-28

The Coconino Panthers girls basketball team won Tuesday’s home conference game against Mingus, 66-28.

Mingus is 5-4 overall and 2-2 in league play,

Mingus team leaders (AZ Max Preps)

• Darien Loring 12 ppg

• Nikki Zielinski 7.6 rebounds per game

• Destiny Razo 2.3 assists per game

• Nikki Zielinski 1.5 steals per game

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