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St. Pius Takes Lead In District 5-4A

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St. Pius’ boys basketball team, coming off what was probably its worst showing of the season, took over the lead in District 5-4A on Friday night, beating visiting Del Norte 54-45.

The Sartans (17-6, 4-2 in 5-4A) had a 13-0 run to begin the second half, grabbed a 38-28 lead and never looked back.

“(The first half) was not up to our standards on defense,” St. Pius coach Damian Segura said. “We challenged our guys, is what it came down to.”

On Tuesday, the Sartans were belted 55-36 by Atrisco Heritage Academy, the first time in two months St. Pius surrendered more than 50 points in a game.

Nic Stafford and Brandon Altamirano each had four points in that 13-0 run. The run actually was 16-0 if you include the end of the first half, and Micah Sanchez had two key 3-pointers for the Sartans.

Del Norte (6-17, 4-3) led St. Pius by one-half game coming into Friday. The top four teams in 5-4A are separated by one game.

— James Yodice

WEST MESA 74, VALLEY 73 (OT): At Valley, Nick Trujillo scored on a layup at the overtime buzzer as the No. 10-ranked Mustangs (16-7, 5-2 in 5-5A) stunned the Vikings.

West Mesa trailed 73-68 with 16.7 seconds left in the extra period when Valley coach Joe Coleman called his team’s final timeout.

Trujillo, who finished with a game-high 30 points, quickly scored on a layup to make it 73-70.

On the ensuing inbounds play, sophomore Bo Coleman of Valley was unable to get a pass off and mistakenly called timeout when his team didn’t have any.

The resulting technical foul sent Trujillo to the line, where he made both free throws to cut the lead to 73-72.

West Mesa inbounded the ball with 2.6 seconds left to Trujillo, who raced around the defense and drove into the lane for the game-winning basket.

Valley is 10-12, 2-4.

— Chris Jackson

HOPE CHRISTIAN 82, POJOAQUE 51: In Pojoaque, Arren Wells scored 20 points and 11 players scored for Class 3A’s top-ranked Huskies (23-1, 6-0 in 5-3A). Matthew Herrera scored 12 for Pojoaque (9-14, 2-5), which hit seven 3-pointers.

ATRISCO HERITAGE ACADEMY 57, MORIARTY 36: The Jags (10-12, 4-3 in 5-4A) moved into a second-place tie with Del Norte in district as Phillip LaCour had 16 points for AHA.

Girls

VOLCANO VISTA 54, CIBOLA 49: At Volcano Vista, the second-ranked Hawks (21-1, 4-0) kept their lead in District 1-5A in advance of a Tuesday game at second-place Cleveland.

LA CUEVA 40, SANDIA 32: Freshman Alexa Romano had 14 points for the Bears (15-7, 3-1), who solidified their hold on second place in 2-5A. The Matadors are 16-6, 1-3.

ELDORADO 73, MANZANO 31: The top-ranked Eagles (21-1, 4-0 in 2-5A) led by 16 early and rolled the Monarchs (8-14, 0-4).

ST. PIUS 33, DEL NORTE 22: At Del Norte the Sartans (11-11, 5-1 in 5-4A) had a big win in their drive to take the district’s regular-season title. The Knights are 9-12, 4-3.

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