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Cougars down Kingman 66-49, snaps 4-game slide
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Chino Valley's Thomas Bartels goes airborne to the basket as they face the Kingman Bulldogs Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 in Chino Valley. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Chino Valley's Thomas Bartels goes airborne to the basket as they face the Kingman Bulldogs Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 in Chino Valley. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

CHINO VALLEY — Plagued by a flu bug and injuries of late, the Chino Valley boys basketball team needed to catch a break Thursday night at home.

The Cougars did exactly that in a 3A West region clash versus struggling Kingman.

Chino Valley swingman Thomas Bartels, who missed the Cougars’ last game on Jan. 22 with a concussion, made a triumphant return on Thursday, registering a double-double of 19 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks to lead the hosts to a 66-49 win over the Bulldogs.

The victory snapped a four-game skid for Chino Valley (10-13, 2-4 West), while Kingman (4-16, 0-6 West) lost its sixth straight to remain winless in region play.

“With the four-loss streak, we just needed to come back, bounce back, to get our confidence up again,” said Bartels, who netted three of the Cougars’ 10 3-pointers on the night.

Daniel Martinez, who was playing ill, finished with a game-high 20 points to go along with eight rebounds, three assists and a steal. Martinez scored 11 of his 20 points in the third period on the strength of three 3-pointers. He converted four total treys.

“We’ve been missing Thomas [Bartels], so getting him back was a big part of it,” Martinez said of Thursday’s win. “Snapping this was a big deal, because now we’re ready to keep going [for our last four region games of the season].”

The Cougars swept the two-game season series, as Chino Valley’s last win came Jan. 8 at Kingman.

Chino Valley has also been missing junior post Trey Ely, who’s out with a sprained ankle.

“We can hope to finish the season strong,” Chino Valley coach Ravi Shetty said. “We just have too many injuries right now. Trey might be back late next week. [Starting guard] Jaydon [Harguess] just hurt his knee [on Thursday]. And we battled the flu all week this week. It hit Chino hard.”

The Bulldogs have not won a game in more than a month, since Dec. 20. Kingman coach Nick Juby said the losses have taken a toll on his team’s confidence.

Three Kingman players scored in double figures on Thursday, however, paced by junior forward Jacob Martel’s double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds. He added an assist and a steal.

“On the court, this has been one of our more frustrating years in terms of results, because we’ve been right there in a lot of games,” fourth-year Bulldogs coach Nick Juby said. “We’ve had a little trouble closing out a few games. That’s kind of wearing on them a little bit. We’re trying to stay positive, and it’s tough.”

UP NEXT

Chino Valley visits region foe and 3A No. 17-ranked Northwest Christian (11-9, 4-1 West) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, in Phoenix.

Kingman plays host to Northwest Christian at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.

Doug Cook is a reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @dougout_dc. Email him at dcook@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2039.

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