Scorps fall to No. 1 Cleveland in championship game

Scorps fall to No. 1 Cleveland in championship game

FARMINGTON

 Farmington guard Alex Whiteley (20) tries to get a shot up in the paint against a couple of Cleveland players during the championship game of the Marv Sanders Invite. Cleveland defeated Farmington, 87-62. (Times photo – Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi)


Farmington guard Alex Whiteley (20) tries to get a shot up in the paint against a couple of Cleveland players during the championship game of the Marv Sanders Invite. Cleveland defeated Farmington, 87-62. (Times photo – Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi)

The Farmington Scorpions didn’t walk away with the title from their own tournament, but instead with a newfound respect.

In the Marv Sanders Invite, the Scorpions came up short after an 87-62 loss to Cleveland, the No. 1 Class 6A team in the state.

Farmington head coach Paul Corley said it was the first time his team had played in the championship of their own tournament in eight years and that was an accomplishment in itself.

“For these kids they gained a lot of respect,” he said. “We played two 6A schools; beat one, battled for a little bit there with the second, so the kids really feel good about themselves.”

The Scorpions were given a bye in the first round after Calvary West pulled from the tournament.

Farmington (3-2) met Class 6A Las Cruces in the semifinal and defeated them 64-56 before meeting Cleveland (7-0).

About The Author

Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi

Sunnie Clahchischiligi has been the sports writer for the Navajo Times since 2008. She has a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the University of New Mexico. Before joining the Times, she worked at the St. Cloud Times (Minn.), the Albuquerque Journal, the Santa Fe New Mexican, Sports Illustrated Magazine in New York City and the Salt Lake Tribune. She can be reached at sunnie@navajotimes.com or via cell at (505) 686-0769.