Coconino did Coconino things Tuesday night.
It pressed Flagstaff, played up and forced turnovers. Flagstaff ran most of its offense through big man Nick Morrow — who was the tallest on the floor by a few inches as the 6-foot-7 center went for 13 points.
Coconino made life hard for Morrow and the opposing guards, stuffing a few Eagles runs with quick turnovers and timely 3-pointers.
After trailing 13-2 in the first quarter, Flagstaff used a quick run between the first and second to cut it down to 18-11 as Morrow started forcing his way inside using his size.
Then Coconino turned defense into offense.
Jacob Begay picked his defender’s pocket in the backcourt, then Olney picked up the loose ball and fired away at a deep 3, drawing the foul and hitting three free throws to make it a 21-11 advantage.
Morrow answered with a right hook in the post, only for Manuel Cardoza and Olney to rattle off back-to-back 3s. Coconino then scored four more points to cement a 10-0 run as Coconino took a 35-17 into halftime.
Flagstaff got it back down to 11 after Morrow hit a face-up jumper and then on the next possession found teammate Nick Sneezy in the corner for a 3 off a give-and-go.
Then, once again, Coconino had an answer. Olney hit three in a row from long range as Flagstaff struggled to get its offense rolling. The barrage by Olney paced the way for a 51-32 entering the fourth.