ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Bears Gets Even With Matadors
The Manzano High School boys basketball team took charge of District 2-5A with a convincing 64-56 victory at second-ranked Eldorado on Tuesday night.
Junior forward Austin Roark scored a game-high 18 points as the eighth-ranked Monarchs (14-8, 3-1 in 2-5A) swept the two-game regular-season series from the Eagles (16-6, 2-2).
Manzano built up a big lead, just as it did last week, and this time denied Eldorado a chance to rally in the second half.
“We watched a lot of film of last week and we showed the kids what we did wrong and why they were able to make that run on us,” Manzano coach Travis Julian said. “I was confident that wasn’t going to happen again.”
The Monarchs seemed to find a different leader for each quarter of the game.
In the first quarter it was Erik Bouma, who nailed four 3-pointers as Manzano went up 22-18. In the second quarter it was Roark, who scored 12 as the Monarchs extended their lead to 38-23 by halftime.
“They were ready to go and we weren’t,” Eagles coach Roy Sanchez said. “They defend us well.”
The game slowed in the third quarter, with the teams combining for 17 points. But things picked up again in the fourth quarter as Eldorado rallied behind the inside play of senior post Chris Strong, who scored six of his 12 points in the period, and the outside shooting of Mark Winters, who added eight of his 13 points.
Manzano countered by making 11 of 13 free throws in the final quarter and 20 of 25 overall.
Manzano plays host to Sandia on Thursday night. The Monarchs will win the 2-5A regular-season title with wins against Sandia, and also Saturday at La Cueva.
The Eagles play host to the Bears on Thursday night and they are scheduled to face Sandia on Saturday.
Fourth-ranked La Cueva (16-6, 2-2 in 2-5A) easily took care of Sandia, 74-56, as the Bears avenged a loss to the Matadors (12-10, 1-3) last week.
La Cueva pulled away in the middle two quarters as the Bears finally got themselves out of last place in 2-5A. Kory Alford had 22 points, Bryce Alford 17 and Jake Silva 11 for La Cueva.
• Sandia’s sixth-ranked girls (14-8, 2-2 in district) cruised to a 49-34 win at No. 3 La Cueva (16-6, 2-2), as Krystalyn Sloan, Astrea Reed, Elena Velasquez and Camille Boal combined for 37 points.
Top-ranked Eldorado beat Manzano 59-29. The Eagles (21-1, 4-0) can clinch the 2-5A title Thursday at La Cueva. Madison Lopez had 16 points for Eldorado.
In 1-5A, Cibola beat Volcano Vista 48-40. Combined with Cleveland’s win over Rio Rancho on Monday, the Storm is 4-0 in district, with the Cougars at 3-1.
Journal Staff Writer James Yodice contributed to this story.