Even though the McCurdy boys have a senior-laden squad, sometimes it takes them a bit to get going.
Such was the case Friday in the semifinals of the Bean Valley Tournament in Estancia, when the Bobcats fell behind Monte del Sol 29-13 at halftime.
“We started really slow the whole first half,” said McCurdy coach Ernesto Espinoza. “It took awhile to get our feet and get off the bus I guess you could say.”
But sparked by 19 points from Ubaldo Barela, including 15 in the second half, the Bobcats recovered for the 68-54 win. Ernesto Martinez added 11.
“We started playing our type of basketball and our guys started picking up the tempo and the speed,” Espinoza said.
McCurdy outscored the Dragons (6-6) 25-9 in the third quarter and coasted home.
“We’re a heavy senior team so these guys know how to play,” Espinoza said. “We think we’re quicker, more talented and rely on that too much when we start games.
We went into this game after we saw them play (Thursday) and thought we can win this one just by showing up. We have to play within our system and when we do we’re a good team. And when we don’t anybody can beat us.”
The Dragons put on a good showing behind a well-rounded attack, with Peter Lujan putting up 14 points, Santi Archuleta 13, Alec Lopez 12 and Isaiah Salazar 10 with six assists.
OTHER SCORES FOR THE WEEK
Mesa Vista 56, Tierra Encantada 21.
Weather caused the cancellation of Pojoaque Valley’s game at Capital.
ACADEMY FOR TECHNOLOGY & CLASSICS 53, ROY 48.
PIEDRA VISTA 72, CAPITAL 34: Alyssa Martinez scored nine points and Rebecca Sorneson added six for the Jaguars (4-9), but it was not enough to overcome the Panthers (13-2).
MAXWELL 43, NEW MEXICO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF 38: Lindsay Hand came up with a with a double-double for the Roadrunners (4-5), with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Victoria Baca had 14 points and Mya Malone dominated on the boards with 19.
COTTONWOOD CLASSICAL 53, MONTE DEL SOL 14: The opener of the Bean Valley Tournament did not go well for the Dragons (0-12).
WEST LAS VEGAS 64, BERNALILLO 59: The Dons (9-3) trailed 47-45 entering the fourth quarter but rallied for the victory.
ROBERTSON 64, LOS ALAMOS 52: The Cardinals (15-0) continued their unbeaten start to the season with the win over the Hilltoppers (6-10).
GALLUP 78, ESPAÑOLA VALLEY 77: Issac Bustinza hit two 3-pointers in the waning moments, including the game-winner at the buzzer, as the Tigers spoiled the Sundevils’ memorial evening for slain former player Cameron Martinez. Española Valley (8-7) retired Martinez’s jersey in an emotional pregame ceremony.
MONTE DEL SOL 65, HATCH VALLEY 48: The Dragons (6-5) got 18 points from Santa Archuleta and Alex Lopez added 14 to help beat the Bears in the opener of the Bean Valley. Archuleta also chipped in six rebounds and three steals.
ST. MICHAEL’S 65, WINGATE 40: The Horsemen’s (8-6) four-game losing streak finally went by the wayside in the opening round of the St. Michael’s Round-Robin Tournament as Connor Glatz scored 14, reserve Derek McQuiston added 11 and Thomas Wood 10 in the rout.
SANTA ROSA 70, WEST LAS VEGAS 51: The Dons (4-6) were 39-13 at halftime could never recover.
McCURDY 57, BOSQUE 56: The northern Bobcats (10-2) held on for the win against the Albuquerque Bobcats.
MAXWELL 65, NM SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF 45: Additional details on this game were unavailable.
ACADEMY FOR TECHNOLOGY & CLASSICS 48, DESERT ACADEMY 42: No details available
ESPAÑOLA VALLEY 64, SANTA FE 50: Miranda Salazar scored 13 points for the Sundevils (7-6) and Kaylee Chavez contributed 11, while Kabreya Garcia led Santa Fe High (5-10) with 11 points and Taylor Salazar chipped in 10.
PECOS 89, TIERRA ENCANTADA 15: The Panthers (11-3) rolled behind 19 points from Xavier Padilla, 17 from IssacGonzales and 13 from Jacob Sandoval. The Alacranes (0-6) never really had a chance, falling behind 62-5 by halftime, but Enrique Salazar had nine points.
ESCALANTE 81, ANTONITO 41: The Lobos (7-7) outscored the Trojans 33-10 in the second quarter to take a comfortable 51-17 halftime lead, and were not threatened thereafter.
MORA 58, ROBERTSON 55: The Rangers (9-6) got a measure of revenge for an earlier, one-point loss to the Cardinals (6-8) with a tight victory of their own.
ANTONITO 42, ESCALANTE 35: Although leading 23-20 entering the final quarter, the Lobos (1-9) could not hold on.
PINE HILL 73, NM SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF 17: Lindsay Hand scored seven but the Roadrunners (3-5) could not overcome a first-quarter 16-3 deficit against the Warriors.
POJOAQUE VALLEY 44, ST. PIUS 17: Michaela Martinez and Camille Cordova each scored nine points, but it was the Elkettes (14-0) defense that dominated in the win over the Sartans.
SANTA FE PREP 43, MONTE DEL SOL 16: Apparently three weeks wasn’t too much as the Blue Griffins (2-2) got 13 from Amori Malin and eight from Anna Knight in the win over the Dragons (0-11)
LOS ALAMOS 45, CAPITAL 41: Becca Green scored 12 points for Los Alamos (7-9) and Michaela Gonzales added 10, while Kyannah Cole and Ethena Silva each had 11 points to lead for the Lady Jaguars (4-8) and Miranda Cortez added 10.
LOS LUNAS 74, TAOS 19: The northern Tigers (1-8) were no match for southern Tigers, who led 45-15 at halftime.
PEÑASCO 58, McCURDY 29: Additional details on this game were unavailable.
SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 71, LAGUNA ACOMA 38: The Braves (12-2) rolled to a 35-17 halftime lead and piled on from there.
ROBERTSON 57, MORA 31: Additional details on this game were unavailable.
CAPITAL 75, LOS ALAMOS 35: Dominic Luna scored 15 points, T.J. Sanchez 13 and Seth Arroyos added 10 for the Jaguars (10-3), who got a 21-6 run in the second quarter. The Hilltoppers (2-11) got six from David Owens.
ALBUQUERQUE ACADEMY 63, ST. MICHAEL’S 57: Javon Montoya and Victor Otero each scored 14 points, but the Horsemen (8-6) could not recover from being outscored 19-7 in the second quarter.
SANTA FE PREP 67, MONTE DEL SOL 56: The Coles brother proved to be too much for the Dragons (5-5). Finn Coles had 17 and Sean Coles 14 for the Blue Griffins (4-4). Santi Archuleta had 17 points and Alex Lopez and Garrett Madrid each had 10 for Monte del Sol.
ESPAÑOLA VALLEY 61, BELEN 47: Five Sundevils (8-6) scored in double figures, led by Ryan Trujillo with 15 points and Luis Molina with 13.
NM SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF 74, PINE HILL 43: Just another, ho-hum, double-double for Roadrunners (9-2) post Deven Thompson with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Luis Villalobos scored 25 and Bruce Brewer Jr. had 13 points with eight assists.