Senate beats House 33-24 in annual basketball game

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Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, makes his move in the annual legislative charity basketball game. The Senate defeated the House by a 33-24 score.

SANTA FE — The streak lives on.

The New Mexico Senate used adept ballhandling and some timely free-throw shooting to record its fifth consecutive victory in the annual legislative charity basketball game, downing the House by a 33-24 score.

The win means bragging rights stay with the Senate for another year, and senators have clearly been reveling in the triumph.

In remarks today on the Senate floor, one senator described House members as “lost deer” on the basketball court while others have lauded the Senate’s teamwork.

“I think the way we play basketball is the same the way we work as a chamber,” said Sen. Cliff Pirtle, R-Roswell.

The game was played Monday evening at the Santa Fe Indian School gymnasium, with University of New Mexico football coach Bob Davie coaching the Senate “Lobos” and New Mexico State University football coach Doug Martin leading the House “Aggies”.

Perhaps more important than bragging rights, the “Hoops 4 Hope” game also raised $32,255 for the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The House last won the annual contest in 2013.

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