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Class 3A Boys: Unbeaten Texico, other top three seeds move on

RIO RANCHO — The Texico Wolverines, unbeaten and top-seeded, certainly looked the part Wednesday in the Class 3A boys quarterfinal round at Santa Ana Star Center.

Texico shot a 67 percent (32-of-48) from the field in rolling past the Dexter Demons.

Santa Rosa, which won a two-overtime thriller over Newcomb, gets the next crack at Texico in today’s semifinal round. Meanwhile, waiting in the wings is No. 2 Estancia (28-1). The Bears also advanced to the semis and will face Pecos or Cuba, who played late Wednesday.

No. 1 TEXICO 80, No. 8 DEXTER 46:  Nathan Phipps, a 6-foot-5 senior, did it all for Texico, sharing game-high honors of 17 points with teammate Dalton Thatcher to go with game-highs in rebounds (11) and assists (5).

Thatcher had three 3-pointers, Paden McDermid added 13 points and Ben Crist added 12 for the veteran-laden Wolverines. Texico led 18-7 after one quarter and by 37 points in the closing minutes.

David Miramontes scored a game-high 15 points for the Demons, who led one minute into the game before Texico, who finished with nine scorers, took over.

The one weakness in Texico’s game Wednesday: 10-of-20 free-throw shooting.

DEXTER (19-10): Jaime Chavira 5, Marco Olivas 8, Jacob Amaya 0, Joseph Cobos 4, David Miramontes 15, Jarren Amaro 9, Nick Cobos 2, Sergio Ramirez 3, Matt Otero 0, Isaac Irigoven 0, Jordan Marquez 0, Jaime Munoz 0. 15-47-FT 11-13 FT 46.

TEXICO (28-0): Skyler Davis 9, Cayd Billbrey 0, Ben Crist 12, Dalton Thatcher 17, Luke Phipps 8, Brayden Wines 2, Robin Winton 1, Cole Rohrbach 0, Nathan Phipps 17, Josh Estes 1, Paden McDermid 13. 32-48-FG 10-20-FT 80.

Dexter 7 19 9 11 — 46

Texico 18 22 22 18 — 80


No. 4 SANTA ROSA 54, No. 5 NEWCOMB 52 (2 OT): The Lions (19-9) rallied from 12 points down in the fourth quarter to prevail over the Skyhawks (21-8) in dramatic fashion.
Joaquin Romo led Santa Rosa with 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Cody Schattshneider added 13 points and 13 rebounds. The Lions move on to a quarterfinal showdown with No. 1 Texico today at 4:45 p.m.
“It took some endurance (to win), no doubt about it,” Santa Rosa coach Frank Ortiz said. “That was a really tough game as far as physical ability went.”
The Lions were down 38-26 in the fourth when they went on a 7-0 run to climb back into the game. The Skyhawks slowly wore down as the game finished at 43-43 at the end of regulation.
“I think for the first time this year (you saw) us being winded a little bit,” Newcomb coach Dominique Richardson said. “This team did a good job of pushing the ball.”
No one scored in overtime until about 1 minute to go when Schattshneider stole the ball, drove to the basket and dunked it. The teams exchanged baskets after that, necessitating another four minutes.
Romo hit a pair of free throws and made a layup to put Santa Rosa ahead 51-47, only to see Deion Johnhat make a jumper and Tracey Bryant hit a 3-pointer to give Newcomb the lead.
Romo put back a missed shot with 20 seconds left to make it 53-52.
Jared John missed a 3-pointer and Christian Chavez drew a foul, making one of two free throws with 2.3 seconds left. The Skyhawks failed to get off a decent shot at the buzzer.
“Those guys were something else, they were probably one of the quickest teams I ever saw,” Romo said. “All credit to them.”
Kelkenny Watchman led Newcomb with 13 points.

— Chris Jackson

NEWCOMB (21-8) Deion Johnhat 10, Jared John 3, Kelkenny Watchman 13, Nicholas Tsipai 0, Joshua Moses 6, Deontay Begay 3, Deondre Begay 11, Chad Begay 0, Tracey Bryant 6. Totals 20-FG 3-9-FT 52.

SANTA ROSA (19-9) Stephen Sanchez 12, Ethan Esquibel 0, Darren Chavez 7, Martin Madrid 0, Shawn Agar 0, Daniel Esquibel 3, Joaquin Romo 18, Christian Chavez 1, Cody Schattschneider 13. Totals 18-FG 16-28-FT 54.

Newcomb 6 18 8 11 4 5—52

Santa Rosa 10 7 7 19 4 7—54

3-Point FG: N 9 (Deondre Begay 3, Bryant 2, Watchman 2, Deontay Begay, John); SR 2 (D Esquibel, Sanchez). Rebounds: N 35 (Deondre Begay 6, Deontay Begay 6, Watchman 6); SR 48 (Romo 14). Assists: N 11 (Deondre Begay); SR 8 (Chavez 2, D Esquibel 2, Romo 2). Team Fouls: N 23, SR 14. Fouled Out: N, Deondre Begay, Deontay Begay; SR, D Esquibel, Sanchez.

No. 2 ESTANCIA 61, No. 7 TULAROSA 46: Drayton Oberg’s 17-point, 13-rebound performance lifted the Bears (28-1), whose loss was to Santa Rosa in tournament play in January.

Reyez Herrera scored a game-high 20 for Estancia, which led only 27-26 at halftime, but won the third quarter 14-5 and led by 16 with a minute to play.

Anthony Betancur’s 12 points led Tularosa (18-8).

TULAROSA ((18-8): Josh Chavez 0, Traiton Griffon 4, Anthony Betancur 12, Patrick Hooten 3, Gustavo Calderon 9, Marcos Barreras 11, Ryder King 0, Toby Carrillo 7, Dylan Hill 0, Caleb Ball 0. Totals 18-48-FG 6-11-FT 46.

ESTANCIA (18-1): Reyez Herrera 20, Daniel Lujan 1, Josh Thomas 0, Drayton Obero 17, Cruz Moreno 7, Brian Walker 0, Jeremy Silva 12, Gabriel Chavez 0, Zach Abeyta 4, Mario Prieto 0, Carlos Parra 0, Simon Hammond 0. Totals 28-60-FG 4-9-FT 61.

Tularosa 11 15 5 15 — 46

Estancia 17 10 14 20 — 61

3-point FGs: T 4 (Calderon 2, Hooten, Carillo), E 1 (Moreno). Rebounds: T 31 (Betancur 9), E 38 (Obero 13). Assists: T 5 (Barreras 2), E 13 (Herrera 7). Total fouls: T 13, E 15.

No. 3 PECOS 70, No. 6 CUBA 43: In the final game of the day,
Xavier Padilla outscored the Rams (24-7) by himself in the first half 16-15 en route to a game-high 20 points for the Panthers (26-3).

The Panthers raced out to 23-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and were never seriously threatened.
Pecos coach Ira Harge Jr., though, was not too satisfied with his team’s performance, even in a blowout victory.
“The main thing is we have to guard better, we have to rotate better, we have to rebound better,” he said. “Those are the three things we have to do. We’re going to play a very good team (today) that beat us and if we don’t do those things, we’ll be going home early.
“As funny as it sounds, they beat us at our own game,” Harge said. “They beat us getting up and down the floor. We’re going to have to slow them down. We’re going to have to watch their fast breaks, they’re a great fast-breaking team.”
Padilla scored a game-high 20 points. The sophomore added 13 rebounds as well. Padilla said he will have to do even more against the Bears today.
“They can shoot,” Padilla said. “They got out in front of us and like coach said, they beat us at our own game.”
Cuba shot just 24.1 percent (7-for-29) in the first half and 30 percent (18-for-60) in the game.
“We looked pretty good in practice, our preparation was there,” Rams coach Waldo Gutierrez said. “Our shooting percentage was the poorest of the year. You have to acknowledge their effort and their defense as part of the reason why.”
Junior Jaden Vasquez led Cuba with 10 points on 5-of-14 shooting.
“It was mainly execution,” he said. “There were a couple players where I think it was just (us being) nervous.”
— Chris Jackson
Pecos will face No. 2 Estancia in the semifinals on Thursday at 8:15 p.m.
— Chris Jackson

CUBA (24-7) Angelo Aragon 0, Micah Casitllo 7, Marcos Castillo 2, Adam Segura 4, Jo Jo Sanchez 0, Fernando Herrera 2, Jaden Vasquez 10, Chris Cavazos 2, Orion Putnam 2, De’Angelo Herrera 6, Jeremy Segura 0, Brian Lee 6, Miguel Madrid 2. Totals 18-FG 6-10-FT 43.
PECOS (26-3) Jacob Varela 2, Sebastien Gomez 4, Omar Dominguez 3, Carlos Cordova 10, Josh DeHerrera 2, Issac Gonzales 0, Mario Archuleta 12, Xavier Padilla 20, Michael Montano 6, Devin Gonzales 3, Isamel Villegas 4, Anthony Armijo 8, Christian Anaya 0, Juan Varela 0. Totals 28-FG 7-10-FT 70.
Cuba 6 9 6 22—43
Pecos 23 18 16 13—70
3-Point FG: C 1 (Lee); P 7 (Armijo 2, Montano 2, Cordova, Dominguez, Gonzales). Rebounds: C 40 (Madrid 6, Vasquez 6); P 43 (Padilla 13). Assists: C 6 (A Segura 2); P 12 (Archuleta 4). Team Fouls: C 13, P 10. Fouled Out: None.