CLASS 2A BOYS
No. 2 DEXTER 75, No. 3 CLAYTON 66: At the Star Center, the Demons (28-2) hit 13 3-pointers and capitalized on three fourth-quarter technical fouls to take a stunning comeback victory over the Yellowjackets (25-4).
Clayton used a significant size advantage to steadily build a 12-point lead in the third quarter. But Dexter, paced by David Lopez’s 26 points, continued to fight back.
Clayton led 61-54 with 4:03 when Dexter’s Missael Barrientos grabbed a defensive rebound and swung the ball to pull it away from Yellowjackets post Mark Craine. Craine was whistled for a foul then picked up a technical for pushing Barrientos. On his way off the court Craine also pushed Lopez to earn a second technical.
The Demons hit all six free throws for the various calls and Kevin Bonner drained a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession. Suddenly the Demons led 63-61.
Clayton’s Koy Geary picked up another technical later in the quarter and the Demons pulled away at the foul line.
Bonner finished with 16 points, and Kevin Paez added 14 for the Demons, who will play in their second straight Class 2A championship game Saturday.
Craine had 20 points before fouling out for Clayton, which also got 17 points from Josh Durbin and a double-double (13 points, 18 boards) from Dakota Montoya.
No. 4 TEXICO 63, No. 1 LAGUNA ACOMA 59: At the Star Center, Miguel Reyna scored 27 points and Brannon Karger scored all of his 14 in the second half to help the Wolverines (27-4) upset the previously unbeaten Hawks (29-1).
Texico, which also ended Laguna’s unbeaten run at the 2012 state tournament, trailed through most of three quarters Thursday. But Karger’s 3-pointer with eight secconds left in the third tied the score at 47 and set up a frantic fourth.
It was 55-all with 3:23 left, but Justin Rucker scored a driving basket that would give the Wolverines the lead for good. Laguna trailed by just two points and had the ball with eight seconds left, but Ryan Arkie missed a 3-point try and Karger capped the scoring with a breakaway layup.
Elijah Ruben scored 18 points to pace the Hawks, who got 15 points from Deion Natseway and 12 from David McGee.
Texico will face Dexter in Saturday’s Class 2A championship at the Pit. The teams have not faced each other this season.
CLASS 2A BOYS