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Class 2A Boys hoops: Victorious Menaul now must look out for No. 1

RIO RANCHO — Michael Ou scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds as the fifth-seeded Menaul Panthers held off fourth-seeded Mora in a 67-65 thriller in Class 2A boys quarterfinal play on Wednesday at Cleveland High School.

The Panthers (25-5) are in the semifinals today at Santa Ana Star Center against top-seeded, 28-1 Magdalena.

No. 3 Mesilla Valley Christian was the other early survivor into the semifinals, thumping No. 6 Logan 77-57 in a quarterfinal at Rio Rancho High School.

Mesilla Valley next gets Fort Sumner/House.

No. 5 MENAUL 67, No. 4 MORA 65: Carlos Fuentes added 18 points and Derek Pyle 11 for the Panthers, who had to rally from a seven-point deficit early in the fourth period.

Carlos Arellano led Mora with 16 points while Jerome Pacheco added 14 and Tristan Valdez 10. Mora (21-8) had 22 baskets to Menaul’s 18, but the Panthers’ brutal efficiency (27 of 31) from the foul line made up for it.

Ou, a 6-foot-9 senior center, also had three blocks for Menaul.

MENAUL (25-5) Dereck Pyle 11, Dylan Lerch 4, Carlos Fuentes 18, Jason Huang 7, Michael Ou 21, Santiago Henry 4, Cody Leslie 2, Luis Alvarado 0, Samuel Calderon 0, Gary Lucero 0. Totals 18-43-FG 27-31-FT 67.

MORA (21-8) Carlos Muller Jr. 5, Carlos Arellano 16, Jerome Pacheco 15, Roderick Martinez 4, Alonzo Aragon 4, Kenneth Martinez 6, Tristan Valdez 10, Lefons Castillo Jr. 3, Dominic Pacheco Jr. 2. Totals 22-63-FG 15-22-FT 65.

Menaul 12 15 19 21—67

Mora 9 21 20 15—65

3-Point FG: Men. 4 (Pyle, Fuentes 3); Mo. 6 (Muller Jr.. Arellano, Pacheco, K.Martinez 2, Valdez). Rebounds: Men. 35 (Ou 10); Mo. 36 (Pacheco 9). Assists: Men. 6 (Lerch 2); Mo. 4 (Arellano, Aragon 2). Team Fouls: Men. 17; Mo. 21.

 

No. 3 MESILLA VALLEY CHRISTIAN 77, No. 6 LOGAN 57: Michael Johnson had 18 points and was one of five MVC players in double figures. Nolan Nunley added 15, Noah Coyle 14, and Hunter Coon and Josh Castillo 12 each for Mesilla Valley Christian (22-3), which shot 51 percent from the field.

Coltin Roach scored 21 points for Logan (14-12). He also had a team-high nine rebounds.

 

LOGAN (14-12) Kyle Knight 2, Dante Sanchez 3, Mason Collins 2, Hayden Inge 6, Coltin Roach 22, Jantzen Paris 5, Ethan Inge 3, Chase Earle 8, Chase Hittson 2, Jordan Evans 1, Trev Rinestine 3. Totals 23-58-FG 6-11-FT 57.

MESILLA VALLEY CHRISTIAN (23-2) Noah Coyle 14, Hunter Coon 12, Michael Johnson 18, Josh Castillo 12, Nolan Nunley 15, Adrian Estrada 2, Braden Dwyer 4, Brayden Wells 0, John Kruis 0, Nate Apodaca 0, Nate Lepinski 0. Totals 30-59-FG 12-20-FT 77.

Logan 12 11 18 16—57

MVC 19 20 22 16—77

3-Point FG: L 5 (Sanchez, H. Inge 2, Paris, E. Inge); MVC 5 (Coon, Johnson 4). Rebounds: L 34 (Roach 9); MVC 37 (Castillo 13). Assists: L 7 (Collins, Evans 2); MVC 13 (Coyle 6). Team Fouls: L 15; MVC 15.

No. 1 MAGDALENA 60, No. 8 GATEWAY CHRISTIAN 51: Kyle Julian scored 51 points and Richie Chavez had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners, who led 41-23 after three quarters and coasted. Jaydon Stephens hit three 3-pointers and had a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds for Gateway Christian (21-9).

 

GATEWAY CHRISTIAN (21-9) Wes Tipton 5, Gage Estes 0, Jaydon Stephens 22, Joe Waide 11, Alonso Grajeda 10, Joel Perry 0, Luke Tipton 3, Wyatt Arlett 0. Totals 18-48-FG 7-9-FT 51.

MAGDALENA (28-1) Kyle Julian 15, Richie Chavez 13, Jorrell Mirabal 6, Matthew Major 14, Jaxson Mirabal 6, Joren Mirabal 1, Garrison Monte 0, Dyson Stephens 0, Noah Burleson 5, Trevor James 0, Ty Vincente 0. Totals 21-52-FG 17-32-FT 60.

Gateway Christian 8 10 5 28—51

Magdalena 11 10 20 19—60

3-Point FG: GC 8 (W. Tipton, Stephens 3, Waide 3, L. Tipton); M 1 (Chavez). Rebounds: GC 38 (Stephens 10); M 32 (Chavez 11). Assists: GC 2 (Stephens, Waide); M 7 (Julian, Chavez, Jorr. Mirabal 2). Team Fouls: GC 25; M 14.

Boys Class 2A quarterfinals, Rio Rancho High School

 

 

No. 2 FORT SUMNER/HOUSE 73, No. 10 ESCALANTE 39: Brant West scored 23 points and Jude Segura added 14 for FSH (22-6), which shot 61 percent (17 of 28) from the field in the second half in pulling away. Justin Garcia’s 14 points paced the Lobos (15-14).

 

ESCALANTE (15-14) Justin Garcia 14, Anthony Ulibarri 5, Cody Russom 9, Bryan Maestas 6, Cortez Martinez 3, Esteban Archuleta 0, Tristan Coriz 0, Randy Ferrell 0, Andres Blea 2, Isaiah Trujillo 0. Totals 13-57-FG 10-19-FT 39.

FORT SUMNER/HOUSE (22-6) Brant West 23, Jude Sgura 14, Noah Maxwell 6, Hunter Sturgeon 8, Kreston Butterfield 8, Chance Drake 4, Francisco Chavez 2, Parker Lewis 2, Alex Moyer 1, Peyton Lewis 0, Cory Terrell 4, Izaiah Padilla 1, Kane Burney 0, Jayden Terrell 0. Totals 27-54-FG 13-21-FT 73.

Escalante 11 9 12 7—39

FSH 12 16 20 25—73

3-Point FG: E 3 (Maestas 2, Martinez); FSH 6 (West 5, Segura). Rebounds: E 32 (Ulibarri, Russom 7); FSH 47 (Segura 9). Assists: E 4 (Garcia, Maestas, Martinez, Blea); FSH 9 (C. Terrell 6). Team Fouls: E 16; FSH 17.

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